Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets further Audiobus tweaks

Download from iTunes App StoreElastic Drums logo 2If 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.

Elastic Drums – a great combination of drum sounds via synthesis and samples.

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….

Elastic Drums

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    1. Well, the rather modest amount of apps committing to AB3, might also have something to do with the fact, that the AB3 SDK is not yet released. So only a select few devs has really had the opportunity, like Denis Kutuzov (Navichord). Or I might be wrong, of course.

      • Hi Jensen…. I’ve no idea how widely available the SDK is as yet…. and, of course, apps that work with AB2 seem pretty solid with AB3 anyway…. but it is obviously in the interests of the Audiobus team to get as wide a support for AB3 as they possibly can. let’s hope things pick up pace soon whatever is required to make it happen. Very best wishes, John

    2. John (Film4Q) says:

      Hi John – Agreed that the number of Audiobus 3 apps is disappointing – though Jensen’s comment is interesting. I’m still frustrated that two of my favourite synths, Synthmaster Player and Peter Vogel CMI, do not produce any sound when used for Midi output.

      But today Johanne Doerr has released Midiflow Adapter, which allows the use of apps that output Core Midi with AB3. Very exciting and looking forward to seeing if this sorts out issues with apps that have not yet been updated.

      • John (Film4Q) says:

        Downloaded Midiflow Adapter; used it in an AB3 Midi output slkot with its Core Midi selected in a synth; then put the synth in an AB3 Audio Input slot and… IT WORKS!

        Both Synthmaster Player and Peter Vogel CMI respond to the Midiflow keyboard in AB3. Not got time to test it with other methods of Midi input at the moment but this seems very promising. Thank you, Johannes!

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