Soft Drummer updated – Luis Martinez tweaks his excellent iOS drum app

Download from iTunes App Storesoft drummer logo 1Luis Martinez has a series of ‘drum’ apps that sort of sit between the ‘virtual drummer’ and sample-based drum machines and, in many ways, offer something that is a bit of the best of both. I’ve reviewed Rock Drum Machine, Rock Drum Machine 3, Brazilian Drum MachineFunk Drummer and Afro Latin Drum Machine previously.

The most recent addition to the catalogue was Soft Drummer and I reviewed this just after it was released back in July. And before the ‘soft’ title gets you thinking wimpy ballads (hey, wimpy ballads might be your thing; that’s fine) then do pause for thought; Soft Drummer is capable of much much more than that. Indeed, I do wonder whether Subtle Drummer or Finesse Drummer or even Artful Drummer might be titles that would work just as well.

Soft Drummer – brushes, rods and hands create some great drum sounds.

If you are familiar with any of the other apps in the series, the basic premise here – and many of the app’s core features – will be instantly familiar. However, as suggested by the app’s icon, Soft Drummer is dominated by brush-based drum performances. That might well suggest jazz (and those ballads) but, with a number of different brush variations as well as rods and hands, there is a huge range of drum sounds available…  and, as some of the sounds have a real ‘crack’ to them, the app will cover a whole range of styles from jazz, ballads, pop and well into indie rock territory.

Soft Drummer is a 395 MB download, requires iOS8.0 or later and is a universal app. Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link support are included, as is MIDI Clock sync. IAA sync has, however, been dropped (Luis is most certainly not a fan!) in favour of supporting Ableton Link. MIDI control of the app is also possible. The app is priced at UK£10.99/US$14.99.

Soft Drummer features all the usual options offered by other apps in the Luis Martinez catalogue including, as shown here, the effects section.

Anyway, this is another great choice from the Luis Martinez drum app catalogue and, if you have a use for acoustic drums – where ‘soft’ or not – Soft Drummer is most certainly worth checking out. And, to keep things up-to-date, the app moved to v.1.1 earlier in the week with its very first update. This is mainly some fine-tuning. For example, the IAA support has been refined, the UI layout on larger iPhone screen optimised, a few tiny bugs have been tackled and an issue with bar counting in song mode resolved. All good to see and, of course, the update is free to all current users.

Check out the original Soft Drummer review, trailer video below….  and then hit the download button to find out more. Soft Drummer does, however, come highly recommended.

Soft Drummer

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    1. I picked up Soft Drummer during the “Doug Woods Day” last December, and I really like it. I find it easy to use and set up song sequences; the “jam” feature is wonderful (adds increasing deviations from the standard patterns, as a real drummer might), and the overall sound is very much to my taste. In fact, I have a little “semi-project” on the go, to record some of my own takes on “ukulele pop”… and SD is “playing” drums on quite a few of the tracks!

      That said: I’m also very grateful that Luis has squashed the display bugs in “larger-screen iPhones”, as there were actually quite a few of them. They varied from “irritating but tolerable” (panels not quite overlaying each other properly) to “you have to restart the app to get rid of them” (e.g. the “other apps by Luis” screen couldn’t be dismissed). I mainly use SD on my iPhone 6S, and let’s just say I was happy to thank Luis “personally” on the iPad Musician FB group, for his fine work :-)

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