Drum Session updated – Derek Buddemeyer and Blue Mangoo take their iOS drum app universal

Download from iTunes App StoreWe are blessed with some excellent iOS drum app whether you want to create acoustic drum parts of rock/pop/indie styles or electronic drums for more.. well…  And, if it’s acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we got a new fairly contender recently; Drum Session. The app is a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame) and, while not an EZ Drummer clone, it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration….

Drum Session has some obvious EZ Drummer-style underlying concepts, most particularly in terms of the library of MIDI grooves in a range of different music styles and the ease with which those grooves can be editing and chained together to form a song structure, are similar in nature (if not appearance) to Toontrack’s highly regarded virtual drummer tools.

Drum Session – now available for the iPhone also.

Anyway, I was very impressed with Drum Session on launch. The app requires iOS9.0 or later, offers Audiobus, IAA, MIDI in/out and export options for both MIDI and audio. You can connect the app to an external MIDI keyboard or electronic drum kit to trigger the sounds if you wish. Yes, there are some elements of the app that could be developed further (a mixing environment for your drum kit being the obvious one) but the kits sound great out of the box and the song construction workflow is a breeze.

When working on the iPhone, you get all the same features, just in a somewhat more compact graphical environment.

A couple of updates have appeared since the app was initially launched and polished the performance as well as adding a few new features (including some new preset kits and stem export). However, a further update – v.1.1 – has appeared on the App Store today and, while the original release was iPad-only, with this update, the app gets universal status; yep, you can now run Drum Session on an iPhone. There are also a few other tweaks this time around including some refinements to the UI and a somewhat smoother MIDI piano roll editing experience.

The piano-roll might be compact on the iPhone, but it is fully-functional.

Anyway, I’ve had a quick run through on my iPhone 6S and all seems well. Yes, there are the inevitable tweaks to the UI in order to accommodate the smaller iPhone screen but, as far as I can tell, the functionality is identical whether running on iPhone or iPad. And it most certainly still sounds very good indeed on the smaller device.

The trigger pads work well via the iPhone.

The app is currently priced at UK££23.99/US$24.99. Here’s hoping that the development team can keep pushing forwards (a mixer and AU support would be top of my personal wish list) as Drum Session is already very good and still has plenty of promise to develop. Check out both the promo videos below (the first is a new one showing the iPhone version in action), read the full Drum Session review and then hit the download button to find out more.

Drum Session

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