DM2 update – Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app gets MIDI Learn

Download from iTunes App StoreDM2 logo 1I 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 at the turn of the year.

DM2; great sounds, great looks and a great price. What’s not to like?

Anyway, a number of updates have appeared since adding both fixes and new features but a further update – v.1.5 – landed on the App Store today. This adds a number of fixes and improvements. For example, the IAA support has been refined for better sync in hosts such as AUM, Cubasis and GarageBand. Various minor tweaks have also been made with loading kits and songs also and you can now save individual user sounds if you wish. Support for Audiobus 3 has also been added.

DM2 now includes a fully-features MIDI Learn system.

However, perhaps the headline addition is a pretty comprehensive MIDI Learn system. This allows you to use external control for around 130 parameters within the app and, if you wish, a single MIDI CC number can be assigned to control multiple parameters at the same time.

I haven’t had a chance to delve too deeply into this new feature as yet….  However, I had no problems getting DM2 to work with the MIDI controllers on my compact Alesis QX25 keyboard and using the MIDI Learn system – which you access via the Song screen – including options for controlling the mixer or elements of the drum synth engine for different drums. Given just how many parameters there are to control, then you might need an external controller with lots of knobs if you wanted to get serious about it…..  but the system seems to work pretty smoothly.

You can control almost any parameter within the app via external control…..

If I was looking for my first iOS drum synth, and was comfortable with the conventional approach adopted by many virtual drum machine apps, 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£4.99/US$4.99, this is an absolute bargain. Watch the demo video, check out the original DM2 review, then hit the App Store download button to find out more….   :-)


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