DM2 update – Audionomy’s excellent iOS drum synth app learns to drone

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.1.6 – landed on the App Store today. This adds a number of fixes and improvements. For example, the audio engine has been fine-tuned for improved CPU management. The loading time for the app has also been improved.

However, perhaps the headline addition is a new ‘Drone Machine’ mode. You can access this via the Drums tab where there is a toggle switch to turn this mode on/off. I haven’t had a chance to delve too deeply into this new feature as yet so, so far, all I’ve managed to do is create lots of weird noise :-) but I can see the potential….  and you can see for yourself via the demo video Pascal has made available and which I’ve embedded below.

DM2’s new Drone Machine mode….. from synth drums to scary sound design with one button :-)

As indicated in the App Store blurb, the demo suggests that the new drone feature is most likely to appeal to ambient sound designers and, to get the best from it, you probably need to be making use of an externalMIDI controller (and the MIDI Learn feature added to DM2 back in v.1.5). It does, however, sound kind of cool…  in a slightly unsettling and scary fashion :-)

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 videos, check out the original DM2 review, then hit the App Store download button to find out more….   :-)


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    1. Not really sure what they think this is good for. It is really difficult to get anything out of it that doesn’t sound ear bendingly horrible.

    2. Drone Machine is a cool feature but be careful – it can generate sudden loud sounds and frequencies that can damage your hearing or speakers.

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