I was hugely impressed when I reviewed DM2 drum synth from Pascal Douillard’s new Audionomy development team a few weeks ago here on the Music App Blog. DM2 has 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 offers 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….
Anyway, v.1.0.2 has arrived on the App Store today and this brings quite a list of minor tweaks to this already impressive app. In the main, these are workflow refinements. For example, in the Steps page, you can now double-tap a track to mute it and also add/remove steps while a track is muted. Equally, the graphics have been fine-tuned on this page to provide a cleaner view and better user feedback.
In the Drums page, if you use the zoomed view, the oscillator frequency can now be set to specific note frequencies rather than just Hz values. This would be great if you like to get into tuning your drum sounds whether that’s to create melodic-like phrases or simply so they match the fundamental frequencies of the key of your project.
The update also includes some routine fixes. These include fixing the tempo-sync of the delay effect, some tweaks to the Ableton Link support and refining the creation of a drum kit when a new project is created.
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 think either DM2 or Elastic Drums would make for excellent choices. They offer slightly different feature sets that mean they might suit different users… so do check out the original reviews of both apps here and here to make your own comparison.
Anyway, Audionomy have certainly got an awful lot right with DM2… hats off to Pascal and his development team…. and, 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…. :-)