What can I use instead of MadPad? Introducing Samplebot!

Apps for Music Teachers: new video series

Welcome to the first video in a new series called Apps for Music Teachers.  The Apps for Music Teachers series will introduce you to a range of “apps” – be they iPad or tablet apps OR apps that work in your browser, or even on your laptop and desktop computers.

Each video will include an overview of the features: what the app does, which device/s it’s suitable for, how it works and how you can use it with your students in music education.


Have you ever wanted to find a simple and creative way to explore found sounds with your students, where they can easily record sounds from their environment and then use them in a composition?  Perhaps you’d like to find an app that your students can use to trigger sound effects in storytelling activities?

Or maybe you’re looking for a replacement app for MadPad which no longer works on the latest iOS? 🙁 

Samplebot is a fun iOS app that makes it easy to get creative with samples, found sounds and sound effects.

Samplebot is a fun iOS app that makes it easy for your students to get creative with samples, found sounds and sound effects. Click To Tweet

What does it do?

Samplebot allows you to record sounds on to a soundboard which you can then use to create music

Which device/s?

Samplebot is an iOS device so it works on iPads and iPhones (using iOS 10 or later)


Samplebot is USD $3.99 (at the time of writing)

How does it work?

  • Tap a square, make a sound and then tap the square again to complete the recording
  • Play your sound by tapping the square
  • To delete or edit a sound: swipe your finger from right to left on the square
  • Use the record button at the bottom of the screen to record a composition
  • Switch to the track view to see and edit your composition
  • Use the white squares to record sounds for a drum pattern

>>Watch the video below for details!<<

How can I use it in education?

  • The 12-Sound Challenge – take a single object and record 12 different sounds. Explore timbre and texture
  • Found Sound Composition – use your 12 sounds to create a composition
  • The Cover Song Project – record melodic notes, patterns, chords and rhythmic sounds to recreate a section of a song you know
  • Sound Effects Board – capture sound effects for a storytelling activity
  • All About The Drum kit – introduce students to the three main parts of the kit played in a basic rock pattern and ask them to record their own 3 sounds on the white squares in Samplebot. Use the pre-made drum patterns in Samplebot to create a drum beat, or perform your own pattern

Video walkthrough

Have you tried Samplebot?

Have you used Samplebot with your students? Do you use any similar apps? Can you think of other lesson ideas?

Let me know in the comments below!