DrumStudio (previously known as Drum Tab) is an must have app for learning beats on the drums. With an iPhone or iPad and a copy of this two dollar app, you’ll be Keith Moon in no time! Okay, probably not, but this app is still an essential song learning tool.
A new app has arrived from the makers of Drumatron:
Designed for solo musicians, bands or anyone away from the studio who needs to create drum patterns.
If you are a guitarist or vocalist who needs a backing rhythm or perhaps your drummer has been abducted by aliens or blown up and you need a replacement – this could be just what you need!
That’s an awesome App Store description.
Advanced creative features you won’t find on a standard drum machine.
A huge range of professional acoustic and electronic sounds.
Real-time record or step record. Create up to 32 patterns and 8 songs using 5 tracks.
Adjust pitch, level and decay on each drum pad or drum step and control these settings over time as part of your pattern. You are not limited to just one sound per track as each step can have its own sound.
You can also adjust swing from 0 to 7(extreme).
Auto track assigns each pad to a track automatically.
Store 4 drum kit programs for the drum pads independently from patterns.
5 Drum pads for live play, overdubbing or recording
Real-time triggering of patterns.
Looks like a good tool for drummers to plan out their part for a track…
What’s New in Version 1.3.0 Released on January 31, 2012:
- New import and export section
- Tap Tempo
- Live Midi Out
- Screen Flip 180 degrees
- Open directly from Email.
- Export as hi-def audio to other apps or email
- 2 new electro kits
- Scrolling improved for iPad
Wow. What an amazing week. NanoStudio for iPad, BeatMaker 2 with Virtual MIDI/Dropbox, and now Drum Tab FINALLY gets 32nd note grids! For those of you who didn’t catch my last post on this app, it’s great for learning songs because you can listening to beats in isolation…
Here’s the complete feature list:
- Brand new studio recorded multi-velocity drumkit.
- Open hihat button
- Email songs in Midi, Tab or Song format straight from the app.
- Extra options for Quantize and Humanize.
- Grid size from 4 to 32
- Time Signatures from 2/4 to 11/4
- 1 – 4 Bars to be viewed on iPad
- Phantom Midi Note Blocking
Drum Tab running on an iPad showing an imported MIDI file
containing notes past the 16th note subdivision.
This is a great app to use when learning songs. It allows you to listen to drum beats in isolation, without any other distractions, then go back and play with the record to hear how the beat fits in… Great practicing strategy. You can import text tabs or MIDI files to have them played back to you, and record yourself playing on a real MIDI drum kit via a Core MIDI interface, or the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer I. Unfortunately, you can’t quantize notes past the 16th note subdivision unless you import a MIDI file, like I did in the picture above. As you can see, some of the notes appear in between a 16th note, which is represented by a dash (-). This is actually not at all a bad deal because MIDI files are usually far more accurate that text drum tabs… They’re also far more easier to import.
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To import a MIDI file, simply find one on Google by searching the song name, and then ‘MIDI file.’ Download it to your computer and send it to your iPhone/iPad via iTunes file sharing. After it has been synced to your device, it should appear under MIDI tab of the Files menu. Tap on the file and select import…