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bip

Posted by Mikers On December - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

bip is a fantastic creative tool for playing, recording and performing musical rhythmic patterns. Starting with the simple idea of a programmable generated beat, touch and hold gestures are used to select beats and patterns. Patterns can be mixed and matched along with a touch-strip controller for transforming beats. Choose from track templates for quickly creating tracks or spend the time importing and tweaking beats with your own samples.
bip offers hours of creative composing and live performance.

Features :
• create a variety of rhythm’s while touch hold and slide finger across beats
• all beats can be programmed to play in time including complex sub-divisions
• a touch strip for changing parameters of any beat, loop or entire track
• record beats and parameters to create expressive musical patterns
• arrange patterns on the fly for each track
• use to compose, arrange AND perform live
• load track presets for quick music making
• over 200 samples included
• import samples using audio paste or iTunes file sharing

bip (AppStore Link) bip
Developer: Steph O'Hara
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

DrumSetlist Manager HD

Posted by Mikers On December - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

DrumSetlist Manager HD is an advanced setlist manager for musicians who have to play many songs in a row and possibly also in several bands / ensembles.

The main advantage is the storage of song presets which then can be added in chains to provide a setlist for live concerts.

The built-in metronome function enables the musician to get the right timing for each new song in the setlist in audio and through walking LED’s visually.

!!! There is a LITE version restricted to 10 Presets to test the app before buying, so check it out if it suites your needs !!!

Features:
– Landscape play screen with big buttons and letters for live playing.
– Preset import from iTunes playlists with automatic chain generation.
– Application preferences for customizing the user experience
– Built in help system

Check the apps home page for MORE INFO

DrumSetlist Manager HD (AppStore Link) DrumSetlist Manager HD
Developer: Andreas Schweiger
Rated: 4+
Price: $14.99 Download Here

Advanced Mobile Drummer

Posted by Mikers On November - 18 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Designed for solo musicians, bands or anyone away from the studio who needs to create drum patterns. If you are a guitarist or vocalist who needs a backing rhythm or perhaps your drummer has been abducted by aliens or blown up and you need a replacement-this could be just what you need!
* Advanced creative features you won’t find on a standard drum machine.
* A huge range of professional acoustic and electronic sounds.
* Real-time record or step record. Create up to 32 patterns and 8 songs using 5 tracks.
* Adjust pitch, level and decay on each drum pad or drum step and control these settings over time as part of your pattern. You are not limited to just one sound per track as each step can have its own sound.
* You can also adjust swing from 0 to 7(extreme).
* Auto track assigns each pad to a track automatically.
* Store 4 drum kit programs for the drum pads independently from patterns.
* 5 Drum pads for live play, overdubbing or recording
* Real-time triggering of patterns.

Advanced Mobile Drummer (AppStore Link) Advanced Mobile Drummer
Developer: Rob Wilmot
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

DrumsLive

Posted by Mikers On November - 18 - 2012 8 COMMENTS

Does the App Store need another dedicated drumming app? It would appear so with the recent launch of DrumsLive, and this one has some nice sounds too. I particularly like the CoreMIDI support.

For any suggestion, request or doubt about DrumsLive please visit our dedicated webpage: http://www.net-sol.info/drumslive/forum

We are proud to introduce to you DrumsLive™, featuring the most realistic drumset available on the App Store®!
Why should you choose DrumsLive™ over the other apps out there? Well, here we go!

DrumsLive™ fully supports CoreMIDI™ interface, meaning that you can attach your digital drumset to your iPhone® or iPod touch® using iRig® MIDI by IK Multimedia or an equivalent interface and start playing!

DrumsLive™ automatically learns midi notes from your digital drumset, no matter which one you have, so you don’t have to wander aimlessly through pages of hard-to-understand settings! Easily set the note once for each piece and they’ll be kept saved for good!

You need to play live in places in which you can’t bring your acoustic drumset, or you just don’t have one? Now, even with the cheapest digital drumset with MIDI support out there, you can play live smoothly and flawlessly, thanks to DrumsLive’s ultra-low latency and the ultra-realistic sounds!

DrumsLive™ features 3 different drum kits (pop, jazz, rock), over 200 drum samples and a deep and smart dynamic system, based on the velocity of the note received. The pitch is also automatically corrected to make sure that what you hear is the most realistic drumset ever had on an iPhone® or iPod touch®!

You want to make practice with some audio tracks of yours? Fancy to play that marvellous drums solo of the band you listen to everyday on your iPhone® or iPod touch®? Just import it to DrumsLive™ with a easy wizard procedure, and in a couple of seconds there you go! Drum over your fav songs! And if you are on the go, or you don’t have a digital drumset, just play with your fingers! Tap along and discover the realism of DrumsLive™!

Easy to customize! A real mixer, so you can control the levels for each component of your drums! Velocity curve setting, to get a full control of the dynamics! Configure DrumsLive™ to suit best your style of play!

Metronome mode lets you train on your rhythmals, from 40 to 240 BPM!

More features to be discovered inside DrumsLive™, and more to come…! ;-)

DrumsLive™ is the App that all the drummers around the world were waiting for!

DrumsLive – MIDI and touch drums - Hang Drum (AppStore Link) DrumsLive – MIDI and touch drums - Hang Drum
Developer: Luigi Ferone
Rated: 4+
Price: $2.99 Download Here

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.

SYNTHESIZER

– 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

RECORDER

– 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

Drumatron

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!
Features
*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
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