If 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 months ago and was very impressed with the sound and feature set of the first release. The app has also had couple of very useful updates since then bringing improved IAA and Audiobus support plus a number of other new features.
To this point, the app as been designed with the iPhone in mind and, while it scaled up nicly to the iPad, Oliver has been saying that an iPad/universal version of the app was in the pipeline. That update – taking the app to v.1.5 – has hit the App Store today and, if you already own the iPhone version, it is a free ‘upgrade’.
The headline feature is the ‘universal’ format and that means all sorts of tweaks to the graphical layout when used on the iPad. While I’ve only spent a little time with the new version so far, these changes certainly seem to make operation on the larger iPad screen much smoother. The graphical changes will, I’m sure, be a hit with existing and new users alike. Oh, and there is a rather nice new logo for the app also :-)
Other changes include improvements in performance under the hood, especially for those working on older iOS hardware, the option to adjust the audio latency settings, MIDI Clock out if you want to use Elastic Drums to control tempo/playback in other iOS apps and the ability to import presents via email.
If you fancy an approach based upon synthesised drum sounds rather than samples, I think Elastic Drums is pretty much top of the tree under iOS at present and it has certainly been very well received by lots of users. It seems to behave well with other iOS music apps and, with a modest learning curve, it is not too difficult to get your head around…. oh, and it does sound awesome.
And if it was very good before, with the arrival of v.1.5 and it’s universal support, it is now even better. If you own the existing iPhone version, the update is a free download but, even at the current asking price of UK£7.99, Elastic Drums is easily classed as a bit of a bargain. Check out the original review for full details on the app but, if you like your drums electronic rather than acoustic, Elastic Drums is an app well worth owning. Highly recommended… although, in the short-term, do note Oliver’s comment below if you are still on iOS7 rather than iOS8….