I've been a huge fan of the app Sliver from Alex Matheu ever since it was released. But I never did try out his other popular app, GlitchBreaks - until now.
Originally released way back in April 2012, GlitchBreaks is a universal app that does exactly what you'd think it does - creates glitch drum breaks. Glitchbreaks uses four audio channels set up like mute groups. You can quickly switch between them to construct new beats, or manipulate loop points to “Cut” or “Glitch” the breaks.
The interface is designed for easy manipulation, and would be outstanding to use live. The four different sample are arranged across the four large squares on the bottom of the screen, with the Glitch, Cut, and Loop Modulation X/Y pads placed above.
While the interface is all very easy to use, I would suggest a quick scan through the User Manual to learn how these X/Y pads can be set up. Trail and error can get you there, but knowing how to assign the effects and modulation will get you there quicker (look for the gear icon in the options bar).
For example, while playing with some of the presets, and just manipulating the X/Y pads, you can really get glitching right away. But if you want to go deeper, you can start looking into the automation features. By selecting the "FX" button, this will bring you to your effects and automation options. Here you can draw in automation for delay, decimator, LP filter, and reverb, among others. You can also assign the Glitch Pad, Cut Pad, and Loop Mod Pad effects. Things can get crazy real quick.
This app is much deeper than I thought it was at first glance. While glitch-style music really isn't my genre that I create, I can't deny how fun it was to mangle some beats. I didn't go nearly as deep into GlitchBreaks before writing this review, but I can see that there are some great possibilities for live performance. You can of course import your own sounds into GlitchBreaks, and the app will (according to the manual) auto-detect the BPM. You can use either AudioShare or Audiocopy to do so.
Here is a demo from the developer's site. It's exactly what you'd expect to hear - sweet glitching:
As I said before, glitch music isn't really my main genre. But GlitchBreaks had me really digging into how much I could mangle some beats. I do feel like I could explore this app some more, and find a spot for it in a track or two. After all, there's no rule that says you can't drop some glitch beats over an ambient soundscape. If you are into glitch music, GlitchBreaks is the app to buy on iOS. The developer's track record with this app and Sliver are outstanding. He keeps them updated and innovated. Go check it out today if you're all about the glitch.
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