Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app gets new features

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.

Oliver is, however, one of the more active iOS developers and a further update – v.2.1 – arrived on the App Store late yesterday. The highlight addition is a new IAP called Futuristic Synths. This adds four new synth engines as possible sound sources….  and you can check out the demo below to see some of the features offered.

Elastic Drums in action – and note that one of the new synth engines is being used bottom-left.

Having given these a bit of a play this morning, there are some very cool sounds to be had. Each of the synths features a different control set and the IAP certainly adds some further options in terms of both percussive sounds but also melodic ones. If you like to sequence melodic lines within your Elastic Drums patterns, you will certainly enjoy what the new IAP has to offer. Anyway, for ED fans, at just UK£3.99/US$3.99 (just tap the Preset selection panel top-centre and follow the link to the Store), it is a casual purchase and I’m sure lots of users would buy simply to show some support for Oliver and his development work. And, if you feel the need to try before you buy, then all the synths can be explored without a purchase….  but you cannot save a patch based upon them…. You’ve gotta like a developer who makes these things as easy as possible for his users haven’t you?

The ED Store now has a number of very cool IAPs on offer.

That’s not all that’s new though. The update also brings some refinements to the MIDI assignment system for external control of the app. The Audiobus SDK has also been updated. There are new samples and presets supplied by Servando and Deadfader. A new three-band EQ has also been added in the Master Section.

Each of the four new synths within the IAP offers a different set of controls for the user.

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, currently sitting at UK£9.99/US$9.99 for the base app, it is a heck of a lot of software for a very modest price. Do budget for the Sampler IAP though as this is an excellent addition….  and now you can also add the new Futuristic Synths also if you choose :-)

Anyway, check out the original review for full details on the app and the video provided by Oliver on the new features below…  but Elastic Drums is an app well worth owning…. Hit the App Store download button to find out more.

Elastic Drums

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    1. Some quick notes from the developer, as it’s maybe not that self explanatory:
      You can try and play the synths without any restrictions (try before buy). Factory presets using the new synths are marked with an (I). BUT: To save a preset yourself containing the new synths, you have to purchase them.

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