Drum Session updated – excellent iOS virtual drummer gets pattern sharing feature

Download from iTunes App StoreIf you want the sound of acoustic drums that sound like they are being played by a real human drummer, then we have a number of possible iOS music apps. This list of the most obvious candidates includes the excellent Drum Session, a collaboration between well-known iOS musician Derek Buddemeyer and the Blue Mangoo team (of iFretless fame).

While Drum Session is not quite ‘EZ Drummer in an app’, it certainly has the ubiquitous desktop virtual drummer as its inspiration….  which is certainly not a bad thing. It offers a library of MIDI grooves in a range of different music styles. Equally, the workflow is simple and makes it very easy to  edit and chain together patterns to form a song structure. It perhaps doesn’t (yet at least) offer the ‘build a custom kit’ or in-app kit mixer/effects that the better desktop virtual drummers provide, but it is supplied with a good range of very useable acoustic kits ready to rock with a minimum of fuss. And, as of v.1.1.0, it was also made universal with excellent iPhone support now included.

Drum Session – excellent acoustic drum tracks in a range of music styles and all rather too easy :-)

Technically, you get Audiobus, IAA, MIDI in/out, Ableton Link, 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. Given that the interface has been made to work so well on the iPhone screen, I wonder whether the development team might consider taking on AU support at some stage soon? That would be a big step forward….

Anyway, it’s an impressive app….  and a further update has appeared today – v.1.2 – that does bring one other very welcome technical feature; pattern sharing. In principle, this gives you the option to both upload and download individual patterns to the ‘cloud’ directly from within the app. This could become a great options for the user community to share DIY content although, given my very brief exploration this morning, I suspect this might still be a bit of a work in progress as I couldn’t see to find any new patterns to download. Hopefully, stuff will start appearing over the next few days….  but, in principle at least, the feature looks like a worthwhile addition.

The latest update introduces new buttons for use with the pattern sharing system…..

The app is currently priced at UK££23.99/US$24.99 and requires iOS9.0 or later. 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 via the App Store.

Drum Session

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    1. Even after my recent cull of apps I’m just not using, regardless of how good they might be, I still have 16 rhythm/ drum apps. For Drum Session to perk my interest as a potential buyer, it would need to offer something that my existing collection does not. Aside from being more expensive than any individual drum app I own. (-;

    2. Can it quantize to 1/4 note and 1/8 note triplets? I like shuffles (Rosanna, etc.)

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