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Spoke groove machine

Spoke groove machine
  • #: 210902
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2009-09-12
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1
  • Size: 1.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: The Strange Agency LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • © 2009 The Strange Agency LLC
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✇ Spoke is not your typical drum machine.

✇ Spoke is the perfect scratchpad for making loops of any style.

✇ Spoke has no grid, just free-flowing beats.


This is what Spoke seeks: analog positioning on a digital platform.

Of course we are limited by resolution. Of course this limit is arbitrary. Of course this limit is transitory. Of course this limit need not go very high before we supercede human timing accuracy.

Nonetheless this is the spirit: do away with the position grid, do away with the quantize. Place the beats where they need to be. Place the beats where they sound most true.


➠ The colored discs represent individual drum sounds that you can drag onto the cicrcular platter.

➠ Position sound discs around the platter, as on a turntable. Discs close to the center will be quiet, while those on the perimiter will be loud.

➠ Drag sounds off the platter to erase them. Shake the phone to clear the platter.

➠ Use the arrow buttons near the bottom to switch into SAVE, SWAP, or LOAD mode. Then click one of the circular slots to perform the action. You can use these slots to save your compositions. They will still be there the next time you open Spoke.

➠ The default tempo is 120 bpm. Tap quarter notes in the center four times in a row to set a new tempo, anywhere from 60 to 240 bpm.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


3/5 stars

Interesting toy - needs more development to be useful

This is an interesting sound toy, and it has potential for people interested in a more organic drum machine. However, it has several flaws that prevent it from being a truly useful piece of software, and one glaring flaw that makes it fairly irritating to use.

Glaring flaw: the four "slots" at the bottom of the screen where you can "save" your composition are designed as if they were intended to frustrate you. First, you are limited to four compositions of one measure each with no apparent way to save or export them. More maddeningly, when spoke is opened again it has a blank composition and the pads are in "save" mode - not "load" mode, so if you gleefully tap one of your four compositions in order to play it it is overwritten by the blank composition. No undo, no confirmation. Just gone. Argh.

What this app needs:

1) A way to save/backup compositions to more permanent storage
2) Loop export (since they have another product under development that is a loop slicer, this seems like a no brainer)

What would be nice:

1) Some sort of quantize function, or a way to snap beats to an even division of the clock (even if /if only because that violates the spirit of the app)
2) The ability to load your own samples
3) Midi file export
4) a beat drag/scratch feature using the outside of platter (i.e. tap moes the beat to the tap point, dragging drags the beat point).

4/5 stars

Spoke Groove Machine

This is a beautiful thing. Try the free version to see what Spoke does! It allows you to place your drums exactly where you want them to groove, like liquid! This kit could use a natural kick that would be good for more subtle styles like jazz and pop. After getting the knack of this simple music tool you'll want to upgrade. I'm using mine!

5/5 stars

Another nice one

I love the idea of weaning artists off the grid. Makes for much more interesting music


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