Ruismaker FM review – a second drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format from Bram Bos

It's only a couple of months since Bram Bos launched his Ruismaker iOS drum app. Ruismaker was interesting not because it featured some uber-complex and sophisticated drum programming options but perhaps because it was designed to be the opposite of that; a drum synth that was easy to program, had modest demands on the iOS hardware host and very easy to get to grips with. Oh, and it also came in an Audio Units format only. If anything, this last point was perhaps just as important as whether … [Read more...]

Soft Drummer review – Luis Martinez adds brushes to his excellent iOS drum machine series

Luis Martinez has a series of ‘drum’ apps that sort of sit between the ‘virtual drummer’ and sample-based drum machines and, in many ways, offer something that is a bit of the best of both. I’ve reviewed Rock Drum Machine, Rock Drum Machine 3, Brazilian Drum Machine, Funk Drummer and Afro Latin Drum Machine previously. However, as I posted a couple of days ago, there is now a new addition to Luis' catalogue; Soft Drummer arrived on the App Store yesterday. And before the 'soft' title gets you … [Read more...]

Soft Drummer launched – Luis Martinez adds brushes to his excellent iOS drum machine series

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While they might all be ‘apps’, the approaches do vary and cover a wide range of musical territory. For example, you might get apps that offer drums based upon audio loops (Drum Loops HD), sample-based virtual drum machines (I guess Patterning comes in here but it is way more than that), virtual drummers (think DrumPerfect Pro here), drum synths (Elastic Drums or Attack Drums or DM2 … [Read more...]

Ruismaker giveaway results – 5 winners of compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

Ruismaker giveaway – 5 copies of compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format to be won

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

Ruismaker review – compact drum synth app in an iOS AUi plugin format from Bram Bos

Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple's Audio Units plugin format - already well established in the desktop-based music production environment - was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple's initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format.... Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. … [Read more...]

DM2 review – Audionomy deliver an iPad drum synth app with a familiar(ish) face

If you have hung around these parts for any length of time you will know I’ve been a bit of a long-standing fan of Fingerlab’s DM1 drum machine app (I own the desktop OSX version as well). DM1 first appeared on the App Store… well, way back in the mists of iOS music app time and I first reviewed it in August 2013. It was updated as recently as March 2016 and now stands at v.5.4.1. However, there have obviously been some changes behind the scenes, as Pascal Douillard, who was involved with … [Read more...]

Vatanator review – Georgi Georiev brings a streamlined drum machine to the App Store

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps for the blog over the last few years. These comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, within any iOS musician’s app collection, there is most certainly room for a number of these tools as, across the whole range, they offer different features, functions and approaches to working. There are a number of these apps (actually, quite a number) that fall into the ‘classic drum machine’ emulation category. Some really are ‘classic’ in … [Read more...]

Afro Latin Drum Machine 2 review – killer latin rhythms in an app from Luis Martinez

I’ve reviewed a whole range of different drum and groove apps here on the Music App Blog over the last few years. While they might all be ‘apps’, the approaches do vary and cover a wide range of musical territory. For example, you might get apps that offer drums based upon audio loops (Drum Loops HD), sample-based virtual drum machines (I guess Patterning comes in here but it is way more than that), virtual drummers (think DrumPerfect Pro here), drum synths (Elastic Drums or Attack Drums for … [Read more...]