With a library of 3600 editable patterns, loops, and fills, Drum Session is a very fast, simple way to put together a complete drum track.
1. Select a pattern
2. Drag it onto the timeline
3. Press play
- 3600 preset patterns
- 36 complete sets of acoustic drum samples
- Record your own beats
- Piano roll style editing
- MIDI in / out
- Inter-app-audio (IAA)
- Ableton Link
- Export beats as MIDI or audio files
- Connect to external drum kits or keyboards by MIDI
1. Update iPhone X layout.
2. Fix setting menu UI.
Ratings and Reviews
I hope this gets fleshed out by the devs.
Great idea, poor execution. It's very buggy, crashes on startup, is impossible to edit, and, honestly, doesn't look very good. A lot of buttons are hard to see and blend into the faux marble graphic. For 25$ I was hoping for stability at the very least. The kits are flat and to me the biggest difference between them all is reverb.
The editor is almost pointless. It's not easy to read the effect on the piano roll and the select feature is primitive. Sometimes the sounds I've dropped in stop working. Sometimes I can't do anything at all to what I'm working on anymore. This is where it crashes on me EVERY SINGLE TIME I'VE USED IT.
The ease of dropping patterns into the timeline is fantastic. It's easy to loop and set tempos; really, once this things gets going it's going to be a beast. It just doesn't feel done yet. I know it's early in the lifecycle of Drum Session, and I do hope all of these things will be addressed in future updates, but as of now, for the price? Ah, well...they can't all be zingers.
EDIT:since update I've had it crash and shut down three times in less than an hour messing with it. Too bad.
EDIT 2: EDIT keys crashes app. Still crashes from piano roll. Deleted.
This is the EZ Drummer like app I've been waiting for
I don't know if Toontrack's EZ Drummer app will ever be ported to iOS but this might be the next best thing. I'm still figuring it out but I like what I see so far. Maybe a bit pricey, though for an iOS app but I snatched it up after reading a review on Music App Blog.
One thing I don't like is the color scheme of the transport and function controls. I had to turn my iPad's brightness up to super nova levels in order to barely be able to make out the controls. This really needs to change. It took me ten minutes to figure out how to get out of the initial help screen because I couldn't make out the exit button.
Among the Best
If the developer adds a choice of new drum sample libraries, EQ, and mix/pan to the kits this will be a cut above everything else out there. As it is it is a great add for iOS DAWs like Cubasis. Well done.
I have to amend this review. As of June 2017 editing in DrumSession is a horrible experience on both iPad and iPhone. It is best to stick to using the internal sequences. Moving notes is nearly impossible on an iPhone because you can't see where the note is under your finger, similar for the iPad. If you're not careful every time you try to move the edit screen around you lay down new notes you have to delete.
The recording and editing process is bug riddled with crashes and non-responsive app behavior. The screen remains unnecessarily dark making pad usage and some navigation needlessly difficult unless you want to burn down your battery winding the video all the way up in normal room light.
Maybe it's just too much to demand from an iOS app. So far the market still lacks a serious and user friendly solution.
iPad Air 2 128gb
- Ngo Minh Ngoc
- 222.1 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- © 2016 Blue Mangoo
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.