Elastic Drums update – new features for Oliver Greschke’s very cool drum app

Download from iTunes App StoreElastic Drums logoIf you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you might well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. I reviewed the app a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the sound and feature set of the first release.

Elastic Drums is designed for iPhone but works fine on an iPad or iPod Touch and provides a synthesis-based drum machine. There are different synthesis engines included to produce different types of drum sounds and you get up to six channels, some effects and a 16-step sequencing environment for building patterns.

Oliver has made it clear that development is ongoing and has promised a whole range of new features in response to some very positive reactions from users. True to his word, v.1.2 has arrived on the App Store, bringing with it some very welcome additional options.

The IAA support has been moved forward and there is now an IAA transport panel available within Elastic Drums. This worked well for me in my testing via Cubasis and I was able to stop/start Cubasis from within Elastic Drums without any problems.

Elastic Drums now has a full IAA control strip available.

Elastic Drums now has a full IAA control strip available.

From a workflow perspective, the limitation of having a maximum of 16 pattern available within an Elastic Drums ‘song’ has now been removed. You can now add further patterns (as shown in one of the screenshots here) and extend your song much further. There is perhaps still a bit of work that could be done here in the interface to make it easier to move between the different pages of patterns (particularly if, for example, you want to copy a pattern from the range 1-16 into the range 17-32) but it’s great to see this limit extended.

Want more than 16 patterns in your Elastic Drums song? Now you can.... :-)

Want more than 16 patterns in your Elastic Drums song? Now you can…. :-)

Amongst a number of other tweaks and fixes, perhaps the stand-out addition is provision for MIDI Clock sync and background audio. Both of these can be configured via the Options menu on the Mix screen. I had no problems with the background audio option and, when I had Elastic Drums working via IAA, I could also get the MIDI Clock sync working between Cubasis and Elastic Drums.

Options for background audio and MIDI Clock sync are now also included within the app.

Options for background audio and MIDI Clock sync are now also included within the app.

I didn’t have any luck when trying to drive Elastic Drums from Cubasis without using IAA though (for example, when both apps were being used via Audiobus). I’m not sure where the issue might lie here (perhaps even with my test system, so I’ll keep exploring) but, as most iOS musicians will be aware, MIDI, and MIDI Clock in particular, is a bit of an unpredictable beast at the best of times so if Oliver hasn’t quite got all the MIDI Clock wrinkles smoothed out yet for Elastic Drums then (a) I not overly surprised and (b) he has my sympathy for the coding involved. It is, however, great to see this feature being developed.

The other thing worth noting is that there are some new presets added in the update. This kind of thing is always welcome and the preset collection in Elastic Drums is pretty impressive.

This update has added a number of new presets to the already impressive collection.

This update has added a number of new presets to the already impressive collection.

Elastic Drums is available for UK£5.99 and is absolutely worth the money as it stands. However, Oliver has other goodies lines up with a universal mode (with better iPad screen support), new sequencer features (drum rolls,etc.) and new synth engines all on the cards. Check out the original review for full details on the app but it is an even better bet with the latest update. Here’s hoping Oliver can keep the development pace up :-)

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    Comments

    1. Hi John,
      thanks for the update.
      Does universal mode mean there is no dedicated iPad Version planned anymore? Still did not purchase it here because I was waiting for that.
      It is great to see updates coming so fast from the developer.

      • Hi Chris… I’m not sure…. I can check with Oliver but that’s certainly what I assumed…. ‘universal’ (single app for both devices) rather than separate apps…. Cheers, John

        • Thanks, John. Was just asking because it sounded like separate apps in your last update to Elastic Drums.
          Regards, Chris :-)

    2. There will be a separate iPad version, landscape and differently designed, but it will be universal in terms of payment ;)

    3. Eve Severe says:

      Not a fan. The dev was kind of rude to me when I contacted. The app is OK. I wish that is was universal
      for the 8 dollar price tag. Hopefully it will be soon. I think spending the extra 2 bucks on SeekBeats is a better deal. I was lucky enough to get SeekBeats on sale. I shoul have waited for a sale. I prefer DM-1 (even though they have two versions) and tweakybeat is more fun IMO.
      Maybe I need to spend more than the two hours with this app than I did.
      I want to be impressed but I am not.
      I don’t like to slag apps but not worth the 8 bucks yet. Maybe when it is not just for iphone.
      Too bad I have no patience.

      • Eve Severe says:

        Got more into using the app and it does have some very cool features. It is just too clustered for the iPhone -IMO. I am looking forward to an iPad version will be welcome. I look forward to an iPad version.

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