Rock Drum Machine update – new version of Luis Martinez’s ‘rock’ drum app arrives with a crash

Download from iTunes App StoreRock Drum Machine logoIf you like your drum and rhythm parts to be electronic then there are plenty of iOS music apps that can turn a good trick. However, when it comes to acoustic drums for rock and related styles, there are perhaps somewhat fewer choices.

One such app that I took a look at a while ago is Rock Drum Machine by developer Luis Martinez. It provides a compact, streamlined, but very useable universal (iPad and iPhone) drum machine format but with sounds and styles aimed very much and the rock genre rather then electronic styles.

Luis released v.2.10 yesterday. There are a few new features but the main additions revolve around the options for the crash cymbals. It is now much easier to customise when and where crash cymbals are used in both Song and Live modes. For example, in Song mode, not only can you decide whether a fill is placed at the end of a song section, but you can now also decide whether a cymbal crash will be played on the first beat of the next bar.

In Song mode you can now specify whether a crash cymbal is used at a pattern transition.

In Song mode you can now specify whether a crash cymbal is used at a pattern transition.

In Live mode, you also get a number of options that essentially control the probability of a crash cymbal being used after a fill has been played. This all helps to add a little extra random variability to the performance.

In Live Mode you can also randomise the use of the crash cymbal.

In Live Mode you can also randomise the use of the crash cymbal.

The other useful addition is that the Mixer can now also show you the option to adjust the crash cymbal level if you switch to ‘full’ mode. If you want more kick and less crash, it is now easy to configure :-)

The Mixer now gives you additional options to set the levels of the various drum kit elements.

The Mixer now gives you additional options to set the levels of the various drum kit elements.

While Rock Drum Machine doesn’t have the depth or subtly of something like Drum Perfect, it is easy to use, the sounds have a nice attitude for all flavours of ‘rawk’, and it is selling at a very reasonable UK£7.99 price. Even used just a a jam-along device, it is good fun but, for someone creating a basic rock drum part for putting together a song idea demo, it is also a pretty useful tool and the new Song Mode makes that super-easy to do.

If you need an easy-to-use ‘drum buddy’ app to help realise your guitar-based song ideas, Rock Drum Machine is about as easy as it gets and most certainly worth the entrance fee. With both Audiobus and IAA support included, a universal format and a pretty modest 60MB footprint, you can read the original Rock Drum Machine review here…  but the app comes highly recommended as an easy-to-use means of generating acoustic drum parts.

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    1. Cuscolima says:

      Great news as this app is very clever and quite unique with its song-mode. To be mentioned that the his other application “Afro-Latin drum machine” has also been recently updated with the song-mode and the crash thing…sounds great!

      • Hi Cuscolima… yes, the Afro-Latin app is just as good… based in the same engine but with patterns and samples that reflect the style… Both great for putting together a drum track with a minimum of fuss. best wishes, John

    2. I love this app. It sounds so good. And is easier to use than getting a 5 year old to eat candy.

      Song mode is awesome…

    3. Thanks for the updated review. I’ve had the free version on my iPad 3 for a little while but I think it’s time to spring for the paid one!

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