Funk Drummer update – funky drum app from Luis Martinez gets ‘linked’

Download from iTunes App StoreFunk Drummer logo 2I’ve covered a whole bunch of different drum, percussion and groove-based apps here on the Music App Blog over the last couple of years or so including, this week, the newly released DrumPerfect Pro. However, if you are after a straightforward take on ‘rock’ drums where the results are pretty much instant and song construction requires no pattern programming, then you would be hard pressed to find something better than Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez.

Luis also has his Afro Latin Drum Machine 2, Brazilian Drum Machine and Soft Drummer iOS music apps on the App Store, the last of which I reviewed just a few weeks ago and was delivered with Ableton Link support from the off. Each new release in the series gradually gets new features added and Luis then spends some time where appropriate adding the same features to others in the line….

Funk Drummer - great drum parts with a minimum of fuss :-)

Funk Drummer – great drum parts with a minimum of fuss :-)

Which is great because today sees the arrival of an update to the excellent Funk Drummer. There are a few bug-fixes arriving with v. 2.00 and improved performance for users on the iPhone 6. The Jam mode has also been refined along the lines of the most recent Soft Drummer.

However, perhaps the two most significant changes are that Funk Drummer now includes the Live Pads option found in Soft Drummer and Ableton Link support. The Live Pads feature is very cool. It allows you to identify eight patterns and then trigger then ‘live’ from the pads (or MIDI) as well as adding fills or endings. Live Pad sets can also be saved and re-loaded while the New button allows you to clear the current selections. These pads are great for creating a complete performance on the fly.

Yay! Funk Drummer now includes Ableton Link support.

Yay! Funk Drummer now includes Ableton Link support.

The Ableton Link support is also great to see. While many iOS musicians are keeping everything crossed that Apple AU format is going to gain more traction, Ableton Link – another new-ish iOS music making technology – has already proved a very popular introduction. For drum/percussion apps in particular, this has rapidly become a ‘must have’ feature so it’s great to see Luis upgrading all the apps in his drum series with support. Having given this a bit of a workout this morning via AUM, I’m happy to report that Funk Drummer seemed to be up tight and in sync with both Soft Drummer and Patterning.

The syncing feeling that's actually good :-) Funk Drummer locked to other iOS drum apps within AUM.

The syncing feeling that’s actually good :-) Funk Drummer locked to other iOS drum apps within AUM.

Funk Drummer, and the other apps in the series, don’t perhaps offer quite the level of ‘human drummer’ that you can get with DrumPerfect Pro (and that app doesn’t match what’s possible in a desktop equivalent such as Superior Drummer of BFD), but it is not a million miles away. And where Funk Drummer does succeed rather wonderfully is in being so easy to use and producing such instant, and highly useable, results.

For some instant drum/groove inspiration, whether that’s rock, Latin, Brazilian – or now funk –  these apps are pretty hard to beat. At UK£10.99/US$14.99, Funk Drummer comes highly recommended…. Oh, and the new app logo is just super cool :-) Check out the original Funk Drummer review for further details….

Funk Drummer

Soft Drummer

Brazilian Drum Machine

Rock Drum Machine 2

Afro Latin Drum Machine 2

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