Fingerlab 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 a number of further update for DM1… and a further one – v.5.6.2 – has dropped into the App Store today.
This is very much in the ‘fine-tuning’ category. Ableton Link support was added to DM1 back in July. However, this update brings some tweaks to the Ableton Link support and a few minor other bug fixes. Ableton Link has undoubtedly been one of the technical success stories of the last 12 months or so 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).
Having given the DM1 update a bit of a spin this morning within AUM, and sat alongside a few other Link-enabled apps, the update seemed to perform very well. It happily followed tempo changes made in other apps such as Patterning. For a 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.
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…. but it has also been updated today :-)