Drum Loops HD update – Go Independent Records add new loops and new design

Download from iTunes App StoreThere are all sorts of ways to create drum tracks for your iOS-based music productions. When I want something with a genuine ‘human drummer’ feel, I’ll turn to the excellent DrumPerfect Pro, Drum Session or one of Luis Martinez’s very cool apps. These are as close as we currently have under iOS to the desktop software such as BFD or Superior Drummer.

However, if I’m in a hurry to catch an idea before it vanishes into thin air, then I’m happy to turn to some audio drum loops, and a suitable bit of loop arranging, to give myself a drum track to work from.

Drum Loops HD – a but of a makeover but the same core functionality.

One excellent source of both drum and percussion loops comes from Go Independent Records – Drum Loops HD and Percussion Loops HD and Drum Loops HD 2 (this brings a range of additional musical styles in the same easy to use format). I have looked at all of these iOS music apps here on the Music App Blog. Essentially, what you are getting is a series of drum loops played at different tempos and in different musical styles. For Drum Loops HD (UK£9.99/US$9.99), each style/tempo combination contains five different loops and three related fills. Most of the loops are either 2 or 4 bars in length.

In addition, you get two versions of each loop; ‘modern’ and ‘vintage’.  The modern version is generally cleaner and reasonably dry while the vintage version has a little more of a room sound apparently recorded with an additional set of vintage room mics around the kit. Both, however, sound good and, as the drum kit and recordings sound very consistent across all the different styles, there is no reason at all why you couldn’t mix and match loops between styles.

There are loops to suit a range of music styles and tempos…. with further loops added in this update and more available in the companion apps.

Go Independent Records released an update to Drum Loops HD at the start of the week taking the app to v.2.3. The new version brings a bit of a re-design under the hood to make things easier to find and export to your DAW of choice. There are also some new loops added to the collection that are based upon performances combining drums and percussion.

An approach built on drum loops isn’t to everyone’s taste or musical ethic. However, if your drumming skills are limited, or you just need to get a beat going asap in order to capture a musical idea before it slinks off, then pre-recorded drum loops can be a great way to get the job done. If you think this might be something you would like to add to your toolkit, check out the original review of Drum Loops HD and then hit the download button to pick up a copy of this neat loop library in an app format.

Drum Loops HD

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Percussion Loops HD

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    1. ‘Catch the Idea Before it Vanishes’ sounds like a great band name from the 1980’s. As for Drum Loops, it seems fine within its limitations, but a completely different app to those free form rhythm machines you mention. It’s a bit like JammyLizard iPad cases. Once you’ve had one, you don’t want to be dealing with an inferior product,

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