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New beats from app-sound

Posted by Mikers On November - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

ELECTRONIC BEAT is a sample collection and producer kit for Intua BeatMaker 2. Over 400 sounds, organized in 32 drum kits, are created with subtractive synthesis, fm synthesis as well as with physical modeling. Each drum kit is ready-to-use with 16 pads filled with kick and snare drums, hihats, cymbals, percussion and reverse effects. Most of the drum sounds are clean, without any effect processing, so you can realize your own mix.

This basic drum library of one-shot samples offers a rich fundus larger than the collections of well-known vintage drum machines. There are 64 audio loops from 80 to 140 bpm for using like rhythmic beds in your song arrangement. Enjoy all the 37 song projects for a quick start with Intua BeatMaker 2 and some demo grooves combine audio loops with midi sequencing.

ELECTRONIC BEAT is a good starting point for producing songs and grooves. It’s easy to get hypnotic drums for Dance, Electro, HipHop, Minimal House and Techno, Ambient, Retro-Pop and other musical styles. Use both the loops for rhythmic backings and the inspiring drum sets for making fresh beats with your iPad.

Follow the link for a demo of the sounds and purchasing details – http://www.app-sound.com/BeatMaker2.html

Impaktor arrives

Posted by Mikers On September - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Impaktor is a drum synthesizer with a vast sonic palette, that turns any surface into a playable percussion instrument.

You just slap your desk like you would a real drum. The real acoustical impulses from the built-in microphone are used as an excitation source for advanced sound modules that simulates behavior of membranes, cymbals, metallophones or strings. This makes Impaktor a highly responsive and expressive instrument.

With semi-modular architecture and several types of synthesis, Impaktor can produce a wide range of tones, from acoustic, like Tabla, Djembe, Marimba, Cymbals, Metal bars to electronic or industrial sounds.

Enjoy the most realistic virtual drumming experience available for mobile devices!

* Works with iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch 4th gen and all iPads

* The app requires headphones. Works best with headphones without built-in microphone.


– Synthesis: physical modeling, frequency modulation, noise shaping
– Semi-modular architecture; 2 modules with configurable routing
– 2 modulation sources: velocity and lfo-envelope. Almost every parameter can be modulated
– Multimode filter, harmonic exciter and several types of amplifiers
– Over 90 presets available, more coming soon
– No samples used
– Ultra low latency


– 6 tracks audio recorder
– True 3d panning
– Auto-quantization with configurable time-signature
– Reverb and Delay effects
– Audio-copy and wave export

Keep en eye on http://beepstreet.com/ for updates

Impaktor - The drum synthesizer (AppStore Link) Impaktor - The drum synthesizer
Developer: Jaroslaw Jacek
Rated: 4+
Price: $4.99 Download Here

Review: Dream Cheeky’s iDrum

Posted by Mikers On September - 9 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

As well as receiving Dream Cheeky’s iPlay Piano recently to take a closer look at (see here for review), they also included their other new product which is simply called iDrum.

This slim, portable gadget features 7 circular drum-like pads on the top, which are designed to be tapped with your fingers (no drumsticks required!). The iDrum is powered by a removable, rechargeable lithium battery, and like the iPlay Piano, it conveniently connects to your iOS device wirelessly via a Bluetooth connection.

For the most part, the device feels solid and well built, the spacing and placements of the pads is good, and the sensitively of the triggers in the pads is consistent. There’s an on and off switch on the back, plus a mini USB port for recharging it.

Like with the iPlay Piano, this gadget only works with Dream Cheeky’s own free apps, but at least there are 3 to choose from instead of only one for the keyboard.
The first, and main ‘music’ app is called Sound System for Drum, which has a similar layout and features as Dream Cheeky’s Sound System for Piano. Here you have the option of a Free Play mode for jamming away on the pads either by themselves, or you can access any songs from your iTunes library, and play along to them. There is also the option to record your performance, either soloing or playing along to a song, and save these ‘jams’ to listen back to later. Like the piano app, there also an Learning Mode that offers 2 built-in songs to play along to, and you’re scored on how well you can play along to them as you follow the falling coloured dots, ala the Guitar Hero video game series on console.

The other two free apps currently available that are compatible with the iDrum are more games than playable drumming apps, which I guess does expand the appeal of this device beyond just drummers. The first of these is called Hysteria which simply requires you to tap on the correct pad at the correct time as coloured dots move over a marker at the top of the screen. Again, it borrows ideas from the Guitar Hero games, only there is no music at all, apart from sounds that play when you hit the correct pad. Most people will find this game frustrating at the start as the pads are not coloured coded, so until you can memorise which pads are which colours, its just plain confusing. It’s a simple game, and I did find it addictive, but I can also see much more potential for it to be developed into something more ‘rhythmic’ and drum focused.
The other free app is called Smash, which is another simple game where you are required to hit the correct pad when the coloured dot momentarily appears on screen. A timer counts down from 1 minute, and you have to see how many you can get right before the time runs out. Again, this game largely relies on you memorising what colours are assigned to each pad and also where each pad is located, as you don’t have a chance to look down at the pads during the game. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Hysteria, but my kids actually spent more time on this than any of the other iDrum apps, so I guess it comes down to the user experience.

As for the actual on-board drum sounds, there are 7 sound sets covering different styles, including Classic, Rock, Jazz, African, Funky, and Country. Each with 7 different sounds, one for each pad, and all sound pretty good. There is no sound editing available, and you also can’t configure the pads and choose the sounds you want on on them. The pads themselves are also not touch sensetive, so you simply get the same velocity of volume from each hit.

In talking to the team at Dream Cheeky, prior to these products arriving, I was told that iDrum does experience a slight delay of “less than 20 milliseconds” between when you hit a pad, the signal passes over Bluetooth, and when the sound comes out from within an app. I know this doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is noticeable, especially when tapping the pads along to a song from your iTunes library. When you’re in Free Play mode of the iDrum Sound System app, or one of the other ‘game’ style apps, the slight delay isn’t as obvious. The only real time you notice the delay here, is when playing fast drum rolls as the pads and the app struggle to keep up.

So is the Dream Cheeky iDrum a piece of kit a professional musician is going to get some use out of? No, I’m afraid not, as there are much better (and more expensive) products available that are aimed at pro musicians.  Is it a product purely aimed at entertaining? Absolutely! Since it is reliant on Dream Cheeky apps, I do hope they continue to add to the library of free apps, as the initial investment is pretty high for only 3 apps, and only one of those is really for drumming.

For more info on the iDrum head here – http://www.dreamcheeky.com/idrum

Impaktor inbound…

Posted by Mikers On September - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Bleep Street, the creator of a growing line of top flight music apps, including Sunrizer synth, iSequence for iPad/iPhone, Pro Keys, and GyroSynth have teased their next app on the horizon, which is a unique drum synthesizer called Impaktor. Rather than list the features, check out the video below which more or else shows you what to expect….

Keep an eye on http://beepstreet.com/ for the latest details


Posted by Mikers On July - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Not just a super cool looking drum pad but a professional drum pad machine with almost all the drum sounds you would ever need and with lots of tweakablity. Almost 100 sounds to choose from ranging from rock and dance drums, bongos and maracas, special effects and more. You can edit each pad’s sound, level, pitch and decay. Store up to 4 custom drum kits. Velocity control on each pad depending on where you hit the pad. Ergonomically designed for either one-handed use or using both thumbs with ease. With visual feedback and lighting effects that add more enjoyment especially in the dark. Pad 3 is linked to pad 4 so you can mute an open high hat on pad 4 with a closed hat on pad 3 if you wish.
All sounds designed exclusively for this app and created from real drums and high quality drum synthesisers.
Zero latency so no annoying little delays.
Creating a custom drum kit is easy. Select a drum pad, edit settings and then after you press the red coloured save/load button to go into save mode, press one of the 4 memory locations to store and that is it. The save/load toggle mode will automatically switch back to load mode after you save.

Drumatron: The Futuristic Drum Pad (AppStore Link) Drumatron: The Futuristic Drum Pad
Developer: Rob Wilmot
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

Drum Machine Legends

Posted by Mikers On July - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Drum Machine Legends brings you six kits from the most legendary drum machines of all time. The Lin Drum, SP1200, TR 808, Obrhm DX, MPC 60 and the TR 707.

DML is easy to use for full production with sounds that One Glove Apps has handpicked and processed to get the most out of their original machines. Quantize your beats, mix, choose tempo and layer sounds from different kits. One Glove has also added some new original sounds for the sampler kits (MPC and SP1200). Save your beats, share, and email as wav files. It’s simple to set your loop length, tempo and quantize your beats. Just open up Drum Machine Legends and begin producing now!
*12 touch pads
*6 drum kits (Lin Drum, SP 1200, Roland TR 808, Oberhm DX, MPC 60 and the Roland TR 707)
*Easy to use interface
*Quantizer with 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16 setting
*Mixer to adjust the levels of each pad
*Tempo adjust in real time
*Save/Open beats
*Share beats by emailing a wav file
*Custom high quality and processed sounds
*Metronome in record mode
*Count in 1 bar or 2 bars
*Interchangeable skins to correspond to each kit
*Set your loop length to 1, 2, 4, or 8 bars
*Sounds created by Producer/DJ Oligee.

Drum Machine Legends (AppStore Link) Drum Machine Legends
Developer: Oliver Goldstein
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here

SampleTank update

Posted by Mikers On July - 24 - 2012 1 COMMENT

IK Multimedia is proud to announce the 1.2 update to SampleTank® for iOS, the universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, through the iTunes App store. The update, for both regular and free versions, is available as a free download to existing users that adds support for MIDI Program Change and Controller editing of all edit strip knobs for enhanced expression and performance in any environment from the studio to the stage. The 1.2 update also now provides free instruments in every category so users can create instantly anytime and anywhere.
SampleTank is the first pro-quality, sample-based sound and groove workstation available for the iOS mobile platform. It can be played directly from the app or can be used live with any MIDI keyboard or pad controller with the iRig™ MIDI interface adapter from IK Multimedia. Use any MIDI controller with knobs, sliders, wheels or pedals to adjust volume, pan, filter, envelope and FX settings on the fly for each instrument independently. Users can then save their edited settings as Presets and recall them from an external controller such as a keyboard, pad set or pedalboard via MIDI Program Change. Together with iRig MIDI, SampleTank offers the most portable and best quality sound and groove production solution for mobile musicians to date.

SampleTank features
4-part multi-timbral professional quality sound and groove workstation
Expandable sound library with more than 500 instruments in 16 categories
Over 1,000 melodic and rhythmic patterns for groove creation or accompaniment
Included 4-track MIDI recorder with audio export
Built-in insert effects and master reverb
Easy-to-use, intuitive interface
Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
Support for MIDI Controllers and Program Change
Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and drum pads
Compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, iPod touch 4th and 3rd generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad with iOS 4.3 and newer
Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
Free version also available with 20 instruments (16 + 4 after registering)
Pricing and availability

SampleTank 1.2 is a universal app for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and is now available on the iTunes App store for only $19.99/€15.99 with 136 high-quality instruments and over 1,000 patterns included. A free version of SampleTank is also available with 8 sounds plus their selection of patterns. An additional 22 expansion sound packs are available for in-app purchase starting from as low as $4.99/€3.99 each or all together for a competitive bundle price. Owners of iRig MIDI will also get an exclusive sound set of 48 sounds for free simply by registering. The 1.2 update is free to existing users.

SampleTank (AppStore Link) SampleTank
Developer: IK Multimedia US, LLC
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

A+ HandDrumKit

Posted by Mikers On July - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Hand Drum Kit is THE iPad designed Drum Kit (A+ Apps)

Have you ever played with your finger on the table?
This app is designed to give you a real drum set experience with your iPad.

Is hard to play a drum kit with the Tablet! That is why we build features like Autoplay, so you can stay with the beat while you show your drummer skills!

-Play along your favorite song from your iPod library
-5 different Drum kits to chose from

A+ HandDrumKit : Full Version (AppStore Link) A+ HandDrumKit : Full Version
Developer: Inspike s.r.l.
Rated: 4+
Price: $0.99 Download Here


Posted by Mikers On July - 15 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Voxkit is a MIDI drum controller with a twist. In addition to touch pads on the screen, you can trigger notes with sound. Clap your hands, tap a pencil on a desk, or use your voice — Voxkit detects the tone of the sound, to trigger a sample from the app, or a MIDI note.

You can customize the sounds that Voxkit makes — add WAV format samples through iTunes File Sharing, to make the drum kit of your dreams.

Record your playing with the app, and then export the results as a WAV file (with Audio Copy, iTunes File Sharing, or by email). MIDI events are recorded too, with the same sort of export options.

With Audio Paste, you can import a song that you’re working on with another app, and then add a track of live drumming.

By listening to external sounds, rather than just the touch on a screen, Voxkit can capture the subtle velocity and rhythm variations of real drumming.

There are hundreds of apps that will let you program drums on a grid — and you wind up with something that sounds stale and mechanical. Break free with Voxkit!

Voxkit! (AppStore Link) Voxkit!
Developer: Patrick Madden
Rated: 4+
Price: $1.99 Download Here

Drum Clinic HD

Posted by Mikers On July - 15 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

From the same guys that brought out Drum Loops HD, comes a series of tutorials for drummers, all conveniently contained in an app.

Drum clinic HD is the first real clinic by a pro drummer, purpose built for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch!
If you wanna learn more about grooves, fills, improvisation, rudiments, independence and brushes…….this is simply a must have!

Hans Eijkenaar is a well known and much sought after
session drummer in the Netherlands with a successful career both in Holland and abroad. His list of tours and recorded albums is huge and he is considered to be a specialist studio drummer. He is well known for being a versatile, creative and explosive drummer with a personal style………..best known for his pop and rock career………but with a history in jazz and fusion.
Hans is a Conservatory teacher (Codarts, Rotterdam) and has developed a powerful and transparent method for drummers of any style and of multiple levels.

He unleashes all of his knowledge and has developed some very special views on studying drums, studying rudiments in a unique independence system, playing in all types of meter, improvising and playing fills in a creative, rather than a standard way…..
He also is known for having a distinguished brushes technique for pop and rock which he demonstrates in several clips in a separate brushes chapter.

Hans has decided to go the extra mile in terms of recording a fully featured, HD audio and video clinic app with over 60 clips,
presentation videos, instruction videos and play alongs. And he has recorded a separate chapter with drum solos………
All filmed with 6 XD HD cams to capture for once and for all every angle you wanna see as a drummer. Everything recorded in one of the finest recording studios around, Soundvisionstudios, Arnhem, the Netherlands.

‘Drum clinic HD’ needs (after downloading….) no further internet connection as all the videos are to be found within the app itself, enabling you to watch, listen and study anywhere you like.

For more details, click here http://www.drumclinichd.com/

Drum Clinic HD (AppStore Link) Drum Clinic HD
Developer: G.I. Records (Go Independent Records)
Rated: 4+
Price: $10.99 Download Here
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