DrumPerfect updated – iPad’s leading virtual drummer gets iOS8 support

Download from iTunes App Storedrumperfect logo 2The iOS8 compatibility updates keep coming and, latest over the line is Marinus Molengraft’s excellent DrumPerfect. This has reached v. 1.0.4 over the week-end and the headline feature is, of course, iOS8 support and support for the latest Audiobus SDK.

On the latter front, State Saving is included and, if you wish, you can configure DrumPerfect to send audio from its individual drum outputs through the Audiobus signal chain rather than just the main stereo output. If you wanted to record each drum separately to your DAW (so you could apply processing to each individual drum track), then this is great to see. And the ability to configure it within an Audiobus preset will save a lot of time each time you want to work in this way.

DrumPerfect now includes a convolution-based reverb amongst some other new features included in the latest update.

DrumPerfect now includes a convolution-based reverb amongst some other new features included in the latest update.

However, iOS8 support isn’t all that’s new this time around. Marinus has also added five additional drum kits – a couple of nice acoustic kits, one set of percussion (very useful) and a couple of vintage-style electronic kits. In addition, there is a new song loop option, the navigation bar behaviour has been adjusted to allow swiping gestures, a couple of new options have been added in the pattern editing functions and tapping an instrument in the Grid view allows it to be auditioned.

DrumPerfect is now compatible with the latest version of iOS8 and includes comprehensive State Saving within Audiobus.

DrumPerfect is now compatible with the latest version of iOS8 and includes comprehensive State Saving within Audiobus.

The other new features is the addition of a convolution-based reverb. While this doesn’t offer you the same flexibility as something like AltiSpace – you only get a wet/dry control for the whole kit – it does sound pretty good and there are a good selection of reverb types (presumably based upon different impulse responses) included. Perhaps the only downside is that it does add a decent chunk to the app’s overall CPU loading. Still, you can disengage it easily enough if you select the ‘No Room’ option if you need to free up some resources or wish to apply reverb via some other route.

DrumPerfect now includes some rather nice additional kits.

DrumPerfect now includes some rather nice additional kits.

DrumPerfect really is a very clever app. It does take a little bit of learning but, in terms of the results it can deliver, it is well worth the effort particularly if you like to use acoustic drums in your tracks. While I’m still happy to work with audio drum loops when I need to knock a drum performance together in double quick time, if I’m after something that lives and breathes a bit more like a real drummer – but without actually recording a real drummer – then, on my iPad at least, DrumPerfect is absolutely the way to go. And at the current price of UK£5.49, it offers amazing value for money. Highly recommend for anyone who wants the best virtual drummer iOS currently has available.

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