Rhythm Lab v. 3.1.6 is now available on the App Store. This version fixes some bugs, including a bug that caused the app to crash if a user created a custom rhythm pattern made entirely of rests; you can now create an “empty” pattern or voice containing only rests!
Some users have requested the ability to save (back up) or export user groups. This update of Rhythm Lab now allows you to export the current users, and then import them into any installation of Rhythm Lab running on any iPad. The exported files are given the extension “.rluf” (rrhythm lab user file), and can be saved in any app that allows storage of basic data files (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, MS OneDrive, etc).
The German magazine Okey has included Rhythm Lab in its most recent edition (November-December 2016, No. 133). The “Workshop” section features an article titled “Die Musikstunde: Spaß und Erfolg im Musikunterricht” (“The Music Lesson: Fun and Success in Music Class”) by Robert Karasek, which includes a short review of Rhythm Lab. Thank you Okey Magazine and Robert Karasek for including Rhythm Lab!
Leila Viss, blogger and piano teacher (88PianoKeys) has a new resource called Rhythm: Make It Count, an excellent and comprehensive resource for incorporating various rhythmic activities in your teaching, including iPad apps. One of the apps she recommends is Rhythm Lab, and I had the privilege recently of walking through Rhythm Lab with her in a Google Hangout. The video is available for viewing here. We cover a lot of ground in this video, from user management to worksheet creation to MIDI to Audiobus. Thanks, Leila, for the opportunity to do this demo!
This video provides an overview of many of the features of Rhythm Lab. There are examples of single, double, drumline, and drumkit patterns. I used a variety of background and sound sources, including iReal Pro and GarageBand (for backgrounds), and SampleTank (for a sound source). Audiobus provides the platform to tie everything together.
The video also shows several aspects of the worksheet and custom pattern creation and editing features, and file sharing. Unlike the tutorials with narration, this video is faster-paced without much explanation of what is happening.