DrumPerfect Pro update – Audiobus 3 support for excellent iOS virtual drummer app

Download from iTunes App Storedrumperfect logo 1When the original DrumPerfect was released, it caused quite a stir amongst iOS musicians. While we have not been short of drum-based apps, in terms of realistic acoustic drum performance, DrumPerfect was a bit of a revelation.

OK, so it wasn’t perhaps the most beautiful software to look at, and the workflow could, at times, have been somewhat slicker, but the ingenious sample playback engine managed to squeeze a remarkable level of sonic detail from a pretty modest sample pot and the ‘humanize’ options really did work. For acoustic drums that sounded like a the might have been played by a real drummer, DrumPerfect was, at the time, a big step forward.

DrumPerfect Pro – perhaps not always the easiest of workflows but it certainly produces great results.

However, perhaps the biggest leap was back in January 2016 when DrumPerfect Pro appeared. Yes, this was a ‘new’ app (although there was a ‘bundle’ option for owners of the original so they could get the new app at something of a discount) but it offered an improved UI, some significant new features (including Ableton Link), expanded sample sets and MIDI loop sets (plus further options from IAPs) and lots of workflow refinements.

More recently, v.2.1 added further new features including some sample editing features and some new IAP sample packs. A further update – v.2.12 – hit the Store a earlier this week and brings some further changes. Audiobus 3 support has been added and, interestingly, this includes MIDI out on channel 10. Support has also been added for a 64-sample buffer length for those with more recent iOS hardware and who wish to keep latency to an absolute minimum. New import/export options have been aded for user drum kits also.

The latest update adds support for Audiobus 3.

I had a chance to give the AB3 support – including the MIDI out feature – a bit of a spin this morning and all seems to work well. If Audiobus is a key part of your overall workflow, this offers a pretty smooth way of capturing the MIDI data – including all that subtle MIDI velocity variety it builds into its performances – from DrumPerfect Pro into a DAW/sequencer if you need to.

If you are after an iOS equivalent of Superior Drummer or BFD3 on the desktop, DrumPerfect Pro is an obvious contender. No, it doesn’t perhaps offer the huge, multi-sample-layer options of those desktop products but then neither does it come with the price tag or hardware resource demands. It does, however, deliver some fabulous results. For acoustic drum tracks that can be made to breathe like a human drummer, DrumPerfect Pro is more than up to the task.

Via Audiobus 3, the MIDI routing of DrumPerfect Pro’s MIDI out data into a DAW/sequencer was easy to achieve…. as shown here for Cubasis.

There is, of course, also very able competition from apps such as Drum Session and Luis Martinez’s various drum apps. Check out each of the reviews….  as each brings a very different approach that will undoubtedly suit different types of user. OH, and I suspect there are a lot of users of all of these apps just waiting to see who will be first to go down the AU route…..   that would be good to see.

Anyway, at UK£20.49/US$20.99, DrumPerfect Pro is both capable and deep. It’s still not an app that you could perhaps pick up in 5 minutes, but it is certainly one that rewards an investment of time with some remarkably ‘human’ drum performances. Checkout the original review here, watch the demo video below, and then hit the download button to find out more via the App Store.

DrumPerfect Pro

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