DM1 update – Fingerlab adds Ableton Link support to their iOS drum machine app

Download from iTunes App StoreDM1 logoFingerlab have always kept up a pretty steady pace with regular updates to their very popular DM1 iOS drum machine app. I did a full review of DM1 way back when and the principles of the app remain the same.

This is a cool, sample-based, drum machine that’s both easy to use, easy to do song construction with and, over the course on many updates, has built a petty comprehensive collection of drum samples/kits covering a huge range of musical styles.

And, while we have recently seen DM2 appear (a separate synth-based drum app from ex-Fingerlab Pascal Douillard’s new Audionomy development team), Fingerlab themselves have today also bought us another update for DM1; v.5.6 has now hit the App Store.

DM1 - now a bit of an iOS classic for sample-based drum sounds.

DM1 – now a bit of an iOS classic for sample-based drum sounds.

While there may be some modest tweaks and fixes behind the scene, there are two headline changes in this update. First, the Audiobus SDK has been updated to ensure the smoothest operation when DM1 is used with other iOS music apps. However, the highlight new feature is undoubtedly the addition of Ableton Link support.

Ableton Link has undoubtedly been one of the technical success stories of the last 12 months for iOS musicians and, while we are still waiting for some app developers to add it to their apps, there are enough apps out there now that offer support to make it easy to build complex projects using apps all sync’ed via Link….  and, on the whole, the sync is generally tight and pretty reliable with a minimum of fuss all around (unlike some other sync technologies that, frankly, ought to work better than they do).

Yay! DM1 now includes support for Ableton Link.

Yay! DM1 now includes support for Ableton Link.

Having given the DM1 update a bit of a spin within AUM, and sat alongside a few other Link-enabled apps, DM1 seemed to be pretty solid. It happily followed tempo changes made in other apps such as Patterning or DrumPerfect Pro. For drum app, Link must now be seen as something of a ‘must have’ feature and it is also something that really should be on the ‘to do’ list of every major iOS DAW/sequencer or synth with pattern/arpeggiator features.

The Ablenton Link support seemed to work well... as seen here with DM1 sync'ed to both patterning and DrumPerfect Pro within AUM.

The Ablenton Link support seemed to work well… as seen here with DM1 sync’ed to both patterning and DrumPerfect Pro within AUM.

Anyway, you can read the original review of DM1 here. I really like the interface and design and, given the fairly modest UK£3.99/US$4.99 price for the iPad version (there is a separate version for the iPhone at UK1.49/US$1.99 as well as a version for OSX), it represents a very good deal. Oh, and if you have not yet checked out Fingerlab’s excellent iOS multi-effects app DFX then you really should…  full review here :-)

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    1. Very nice, and sensible, of the developer to do this. DMI & DM 2 seem like a pair to me, with both being useful in different ways. Now there is Link for both, they can be even more useful to me. Bravo!

    2. unfortunately, they implemented it so that you can use either midi or link — which really limits the usefullness of this update

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