I was hugely impressed when I reviewed DM2 drum synth from Pascal Douillard’s Audionomy development team on initial release. DM2 made a brilliant debut and, while it has enough features to keep the more experienced drum programmers happy, it is also very accessible to those new to drum machine programming or drum synthesis.
Of course, DM2 also offered Audiobus, IAA, MIDI in/out, MIDI Clock sync and (hooray!) Ableton Link from the off. DM2 comes with a beautiful looking design thanks to Jonas Eriksson and the app’s drum synth engine is built upon the Pure Data audio library (and that Pascal speaks very highly of). It looks great and it sounds great…. and was a shoe-in to make my personal ‘top 10 iOS music apps of 2016‘ list that I posted a week or so ago.
Anyway, a number of updates have appeared since adding a smattering of small new features and (of course) some minor fixes. We saw v.1.2.2 arrive on the App Store just a few days ago bringing a MIDI fix and, just to keep things moving, v.1.2.3 has arrived today with a few other bits of bug squashing. This time around there are fixes for minor issues with the compressor effect settings, the bypass button and a minor tweak to the UI in the New Song popup; all small scale stuff but good to see attention to detail being paid :-)
If I was looking for my first iOS drum synth, and was comfortable with the conventional approach adopted by many virtual drum machine apps, I DM2 would make for excellent choice and should certainly be considered alongside the obvious competition. Audionomy have certainly got an awful lot right with DM2 and the updates have simply improved upon a brilliant start… hats off to Pascal and his development team…. and, here’s hoping AU support might be on their ‘to do’ list , although I think it might be quite an ambitious undertaking….
Of course, the other element is the price…. currently at just UK£3.99/US$4.99, this is an absolute bargain. Check out the original DM2 review, then hit the download button to find out more…. :-)