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As of version 2.0 this app is starting to be as sexy as its interface. With a great collection of kits and effects this is a fun and easy way to get some grooves pumping out of your iPad. The quality of the kits and effects cannot be understated. Each of the 64 kits is unique and interesting. The 7 effects are global with up to two of them active at once, each with its own X/Y pad and Dry/Wet fader. The combination makes for some crazy dynamic fun; like having a classic drum machine and two Korg Kaosspads.

Unlike all of the other drum machine apps, however, it does not include Virtual MIDI sync, though it does provide support for WIST sync. It now supports AudioCopy to export your songs, but it does not allow any sample importing to make your own kits. Background audio is also now available, so at the very least you could use this to jam with a synth app.

Reader Comments (7)

Hey man,

love the site and all of your great tutorials - fantastic job. Just wanted to let you know that DM 1 was updated today, and it's pretty cool. Take another look when you have 5 mins (I'm not affiliated with them, I just like it for playing along with my Bass as the acoustic kits sound good).


February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave Horspool

Hey Dave,

Yea the new MIDI and WIST additions in the latest version are nice. I am a little baffled as to why they have not included Virtual MIDI sync with the background audio though. For your purposes, as a dedicated drum machine to play along with, this is great. You're right the kits sound very good, and have a lot of character. I know a lot of people use drum machine apps in conjunction with other apps though, and for that purpose it really needs Virtual MIDI sync to meet its full potential.

As it stands though, I think you're right it does deserve another look and a new rating!

February 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

I'm getting it to sync with DXi! Try it again! Nice site, btw!

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRNFR

Hi RNFR, thanks!

Unfortunately this guide is woefully, and probably irresponsibly, out of date. Keeping up with all of the changes to all of the apps required more and more time, as the amount of apps out there increased.

Due to recent changes to Apple's referral program I am seriously considering nuking the whole thing. Updating all the links before October 1st seems unlikely, and as you point out a lot of the information here is no longer accurate.

The only reason I haven't removed it before is because it still gets a lot of traffic, but I may be providing a disservice at this point.

September 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

Hey man, thanks for the quick reply! I wouldn't kill the review/guide site just yet, I think it has a ton of great info. Instead, simply put a big disclaimer out there regarding the untimeliness(?) of some of the info, and ask for help updating from your readers in the comments section. That way the workload is lower, and you won't feel crappy for steering anyone wrong. Use your community you've built here! I'm sure they wouldn't mind kicking down their two cents every once in a while!

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRNFR

dm 1 update 4.1 you can now import your own sounds ;)

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeistersinger d

Great interface but the sample import menu loads very slow.If you don't like old school drum computers this app has not much to offer.Works frustrating creating your own drum kits and midi sync is terrible.I tried to like this app but i deleted it after a while.

May 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKoen

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