If you are a regular visitor to the Music App Blog you will be well be familiar with Elastic Drums from developer Oliver Greschke and Mouse On Mars. As I mentioned back in February, the app recently underwent a significant update to v.2.0. Having added support for using drum samples (via an IAP) in v.1.9, v.2.0 added Ableton Live Set Export features, re-vamped the sample import process and made further sample-based kits available via the in-app store.
Oliver is, however, one of the more active iOS developers and a further update – v.2.0.3 – arrived on the App Store late yesterday. No, this isn’t as dramatic as the more recent updates but it does bring improved support for Audiobus with an update to the SDK.
Great to see….. but, on a more general note, am I the only one who has been a bit surprised by the relatively modest number of iOS music apps that have gone fully ‘Audiobus 3’ since AB3 appeared? There might be all sorts of technical reasons for this of course (fully implementing all the AB3 features might not be a trivial coding task?) but I also wonder whether we have a certain amount of developer fatigue given that we are now expecting them to offer three different ‘between app communication’ systems in AB, IAA, and AU (as well as the various flavours of iOS MIDI in many cases)? That would perhaps be a bit more worrying….
That said, it’s great to see Oliver keeping up with the development progress…. If you have not yet taken the plunge but are keen to give Elastic Drums a go, for UK£11.99/US$11.99 for the base app it is a heck of a lot of software for a very modest price. Except, of course, that if you are quick, you can still pick it up at the 50% SALE price. Go get it :-)
Do budget for the Sampler IAP though as this is an excellent addition. Anyway, check out the original review for full details on the app and the video provided by Oliver on the new features introduced in both the v.1.6 and v.1.9 updates… but Elastic Drums is an app well worth owning….