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Groovebox: Beat & Synth Studio Update

Groovebox: Beat & Synth Studio, from Ampify Music, was updated with a new ambient synth, Horizon!

What's new in Groovebox: Beat & Synth Studio v2.1:

Horizon is the new ambient polyphonic synth for Groovebox. With lush pads, dreamy melodies and analogue organs, Horizon is the soundtrack to your dreams.

If you enjoy using Groovebox, we'd really appreciate a review on the App Store. If you find bugs or have any comments, drop us a line at support@ampifymusic.com.

Reader Comments 11

Groovebox is a lot of fun - it’s clearly aimed at more entry level users but experienced users might find it useful as an idea machine.

One thing that’s kind of annoying: I bought the Pro Features Upgrade (deeper control over instrument parameters) but apparently it doesn’t apply to this new Horizon synth - it has its own IAP to unlock those features.

C’mon guys. Don’t try to juice me.
May 22, 2020  | person_outline nos4A2
Ouch! I didn't realize this wasn't part of the Pro pack! How much is it?
It looks like it costs $6.99 to buy/unlock the full functionality of the Horizon synth.

FYI - I love their apps, however I just wish this developer would be more transparent when they drop support for older IOS versions, and not cripple their apps and loyal users in the process.

I just noticed this app crashes on IOS 10 now when browsing the sounds. Likely due to some change in store API they made upstream, and not released a bug fix for users < IOS 12.

A few weeks back I discovered that their IAP/soundpack store is now completely disabled for Blocks Wave users on IOS 10. So if I reinstall the app, I wont be able to download any soundpack IAPs that I purchased over the years. :p At least the app itself still works, but no notice was given. One day the IAP store stopped working, only after sending an email to support, I found out whats up.

It really makes me hesitant to invest in buying sounds and expansions if say in 2 years time, I get dropped if I don't update to IOS 15 or whatever.

Oh well. Thanks for reading if you read this far :)
May 22, 2020  | person_outline Joe
instrument is payable for pro fueatures users? It is not ok!!!!!!!!!!
May 25, 2020  | person_outline mfp
Hello People!
You all have valid point. Why would somebody disable sound pack downloads. That does make no sense.
I will not buy this new synth or anything else from this developer any more. Many other developers are doing this trick too. You buy Pro Features and than one day after the update you do not have Pro features any more. You need to buy them again, but now they cost more.

Best regards!
My 2 cents....

I’ve always understood and accepted that you are purchasing a license to use the software, not the software itself. I can use my software as long as I have a powerful enough machine with a capable operating system.

If the IAP/sound pack store was crippled for older iOS versions because of, and/or as part of, the iOS upgrade process, I am at peace with that. Software become obsolete all the time and I do not expect a vendor to maintain multiple versions beyond what is reasonable for them to do so without losing money. I do not believe that developers have any obligation to maintain multiple versions of their software for any reason really.

I do have an honest and sincere question for anybody who chooses to stay with older iOS versions... why would you choose to stay with a lower version of the operating system... so far removed from the current version? Older machines are one thing... sometimes you don’t have a choice. I have 2 older iPad minis stuck in iOS 9.x, an iPad Air stuck in iOS 11 or maybe 12.x (I can’t remember)... and not they are not stuck by choice. Every single iPad and iPhone I own are as current as possible as long as my workflow isn’t messed up. I personally haven’t found any reason to not be up to date (not necessarily bleeding edge). I do understand not wanting to go bleeding edge... but iOS 10? Is it because of some of your software choices that don’t run in the most recent iOS? If that is the case, then maybe it’s time to invest in an additional machine that can be more up to date and run the latest version of any given software.

All I’m saying is that there is no “one size fits all” solution. Your older hardware is necessarily not going to run some newer software. And your newer hardware is necessarily not going to run some older software.

I can say that I am very happy with the new synth. It sounds great and I think it’s a great addition to the other modules. My IAP purchases are all good to go... and I’m pretty dang sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t have any IAP problems. I am sorry to hear that some of you got left behind... but I do feel that’s on you, not them. Putting aside money issues, you potentially have the option to upgrade your iOS or your hardware if you want to continue using this particular piece of software to its fullest potential. It does work as advertised on all of my machines that are running iOS 13.x. Your mileage may vary.
On May 26, 2020 - @SoundShovel said:
Hello People!
You all have valid point. Why would somebody disable sound pack downloads. That does make no sense.
I will not buy this new synth or anything else from this developer any more. Many other developers are doing this trick too. You buy Pro Features and than one day after the update you do not have Pro features any more. You need to buy them again, but now they cost more.

Best regards!

What other software has locked out previously bought IAPs? I haven’t had this issue happen to me yet. I seriously want to know.
Hi @Tony

You make valid points.

Originally I stuck around with 10 as I preferred the UI of the system. (Still do in some cases)
It is my understanding that "IAA" was going to be removed in IOS 13?
So I would update to 12, but now I cannot update to 12 anymore, I would have to go directly to 13.
So I stay with 10.

Being around the ecosystem since 2013, I've gotten wary of system updates.
Sure security patches are good.. but then they often introduce new issues or break things.. or more bloat. I'm a slow/conservative adopter in that sense for my Ipads.

I'm not asking for endless app updates. Just don't break what you sold us (IAPs included).
I understand that it might not be possible to test everything, but when an issue is found, there should be a way of patching/fixing/making a plan and leaving legacy users with a working product.
May 27, 2020  | person_outline Joe
On May 27, 2020 - @Joe said:
Hi @Tony

You make valid points.

Originally I stuck around with 10 as I preferred the UI of the system. (Still do in some cases)
It is my understanding that "IAA" was going to be removed in IOS 13?
So I would update to 12, but now I cannot update to 12 anymore, I would have to go directly to 13.
So I stay with 10.

Being around the ecosystem since 2013, I've gotten wary of system updates.
Sure security patches are good.. but then they often introduce new issues or break things.. or more bloat. I'm a slow/conservative adopter in that sense for my Ipads.

I'm not asking for endless app updates. Just don't break what you sold us (IAPs included).
I understand that it might not be possible to test everything, but when an issue is found, there should be a way of patching/fixing/making a plan and leaving legacy users with a working product.
IAA works fine under iOS 13.5 (current version). 14 is supposed to drop during the summer but I doubt that IAA will be removed. If it were that would be a reason for me not to upgrade as a lot of excellent synths are still IAA only, the Korg ones for instance.
@Philandering Bastard

Thanks for the update on IAA in IOS 13.5.
Good to know!
May 28, 2020  | person_outline Joe
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