iOS Universal Music
DrumJam is a whole new world of percussion and drums for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Designed by award winning international percussionist Pete Lockett and Sonosaurus LLC, the developer of ThumbJam, this app is a real first for percussion. It's an exciting and powerful tool, opening up the world of rhythm in a completely hands-on and inspiring way. Whether you are a novice just looking for a bit of rhythmic fun, a songwriter or producer looking for a fresh rhythmic idea, a percussion student writing arrangements for a project, a music teacher looking for rhythm ideas to teach, or a drum circle facilitator seeking to expand their repertoire, this app has something for you.
Pete Lockett has been top of his game for decades and has performed with the stars, from Peter Gabriel and Bjork to Robert Plant, Dido, Jeff Beck and many more. He has also worked extensively in the film industry, arranging and recording all the ethnic percussion for five Bond 007 films. The app is a direct and personal route to his rhythm factory with all the individual percussion parts recorded by Pete. These are not ineffective sequenced patterns but actual recorded audio waiting to groove with rhythm at multiple tempos through your very own mobile device.
Through his decades of studio experience Pete has become a master of layering various percussion instruments into mesmerising rhythm fabrics and flowing grooves. Shakers and congas interwoven with Indian ghatam, pop drum set and Arabic req or else a Carnatic kanjira with some Cuban bongos, Latin cowbells, rock drum kit, seed shakes and surdu. There are dozens of different looped instruments to choose from, each with up to 20 different patterns. You can change the levels, alter the pan, mute, solo, and tweak a low-pass filter giving you a great degree of flexibility over each individual part. Or simply press the random button to randomise all (or some) the parts and get some really funky and unexpected changes. It can even automatically randomise periodically for hands-free unpredictability. The excellent time stretch system and multiple-tempo loop recordings mean that you can get great natural sounding audio across a wide tempo range. Change the number of beats to use in the loops to alter time signature.
Pick from a wide range of solo instruments where you can jam away over the top of the grooves you create. These include all sorts of ethnic percussion instruments from Kanjira and Ghatam, to Djembe, Bongos, Dube and Cajon, and more. There are also custom drum kits from great drummers such as Johnny Rabb, Russ Miller, KJ Sawka, Dave Langguth, Steve Sidelnyk and Scott Pellegrom. With a detailed and complete range of quantize options performed by simply dragging your fingers around, it is possible for even the absolute novice to get some funky grooves immediately.
Additional loops and pad instruments are available for in-app purchase, but rest assured that the base app is loaded with kits and loops!
There are also incredible filter, pitch bend, delay, reverb, lofi, and distortion effects available for the solo instruments, which really adds a whole new dimension of live performance possibilities. With multiple save and export options, it is possible to record loops or a whole performance to later import into your DAW or other audio app as 44.1kHz 16-bit WAV files. This is great for studio use and can form the basis of a new song idea very easily.
DrumJam supports export via iTunes file sharing, open directly in another app, email, AudioCopy, and export to SoundCloud. There is support for background audio, Audiobus, Inter-app-audio, and a MIDI implementation that supports clock sync in/out, and playing the solo kits externally triggered via MIDI input, or outputting your live pad performance via MIDI output!
Whatever you do in music, we are certain there is a use for DrumJam in your world. Give it a try and join forces with an ancient percussive energy.
- Added option to ignore IAA sync
- Optimized for iPhone 6 and 6+
- Improved round-robin velocity behavior
- Added option to set position of Audiobus control panel
- Added Quantize Tap option, which quantizes all pad instrument taps to next selected rhythmic boundary.
Quantized tap can also be applied to incoming midi notes (optionally ignored in prefs), and stop hits.
- Added Choke Decay control, which affects % of sample duration
- Fixed Audiobus “port unavailable” connection issue, and updated to latest SDK
- Fixed possible crash when starting up with midi device attached
- Fixed missing note off messages when sending MIDI using pads
There are also several new in-app purchase packs available now, be sure to check them out in the Drum Store under the settings section of the app:
BRAZIL AND WOOD PACK
Pandeiro, modified Berimbau, Earth Udu, and Repinique Loops. Granite
block pad instrument.
ASIAN METAL AND BAMBOO PACK
Thai Rumwong, Vietnamese Hmong brass harp, Thai gong, and Chinese gong
loops. Anklung pad instrument.
Brekete, Kaganu, Kpanlogo, and Talking Drum Loops, along with Talking
Drum pad instrument
MIXED WORLD PACK
Pineapple lid req, Bulgarian Tupan loops. Paulo Mattioli Djembe, Remo
cluster, Garrapatta bells pad instruments.
Timbales Loops. Timbales, Conga, Tumba, Quinto, and Congas Set pad instruments
MULTI BONGO SET
Indian Bongos, Piccolo Bongos Loops. Indian Bongos, Piccolo Bongos,
Remo Crown Bongos pad instruments.
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