Soft Drummer updated – Luis Martinez takes his excellent iOS drum app to v.2.0

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, Future Drummer and Afro Latin Drum Machine previously.

A further option is Soft Drummer and I reviewed this just after it was released a little over a year ago. 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 – excellent stick-based acoustic drum tracks with ease.

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 398 MB download, requires iOS9.0 or later and is a universal app. Audiobus, IAA and Ableton Link support are included, as is MIDI Clock sync. MIDI control of the app is also possible. The app is priced at UK£14.99/US$14.99.

The update adds Sound Module mode to Soft Drummer.

Anyway, a further update to the app – v.2.0 – is now available to download via the App Store. This brings some of the features Luis has been rolling out in the other apps within the series over the last few months. So, for example, as well as some minor tweaks to the UI for a smoother workflow, and a few bug fixes, this update brings the Sound Module mode (so Soft Drummer can receive MIDI in from another source and therefore just act as a source of drum sounds), MIDI out (very useful; your pattern and song creations within Soft Drummer can be captured as MIDI within your favourite sequencer), support for MIDI Program Change or Note commands to trigger the Live Pad options within the app and some additional swing options.

Additional MIDI features include MIDI in and MIDI out.

It would, of course, be great to see Luis bring AU support to this series of apps. That said, they are all an excellent choice depending upon the genres of music you make and allow even non-drummers to get to some great drum parts in super-quick time. And they all sound great. Check out the original Soft Drummer review, trailer video below….  and then hit the App Store download button to find out more. Soft Drummer is even better in v.2.0 and comes highly recommended.

Soft Drummer

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    1. Christopher says:

      I am having the hardest time using the TAP button to change tempos!
      It seems intermittent, sometimes not responding to the tap input at all and sometimes acting as if it is counting up numerically.
      Other times it works great but I am trying to use this live and need a very quick response to input changes. i.e. playing double bass and changing grooves between tunes!
      Any ideas? Am I doing something wrong?

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