Soft Drummer 4+

Natural acoustic drums


Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 433 Ratings
    • $17.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Bring your music to life with the realistic brush, rods, mallets sounds of Soft Drummer, the pocket session drummer that can improvise with authentic acoustic warm feel

Soft Drummer is a subtle session drummer in your pocket. Easy to use, it's far more than a drum machine cause it can improvise musically with pure acoustic drum sounds played with brushes, hot rods and hands, giving the warmest grooves for soft pop, ballads, jazz, latin ...

New Audio - Midi Export feature. Get Multi-Track or Full Mix in seconds.

Live Pads lets to play live sessions on the way with 8 assignable pads and buttons for fills, intro, end with midi controls.
New 4 Board Mode to control Live Pads with any Midi Controller with just 4 buttons, like iRig Blueboard.
Synchronize any app easily with Ableton Link.

And now you can send generated drums by midi to any sound source, drum machine or synthesizers.

- 50 multilayer sounds with 3 different hit types (ghost note, accented note and drag / open ) x 3 RoundRobin alternating samples.
- Improved Jam algorithm. (iPad)
- Round Robin alternating samples, combining 3 layer samples of each individual stroke to get authentic natural sound.
- Random generators to get creative ideas instantly.
- 4 Effects including Compressor/Gate, Equalizer, Delay and Reverb.
- Song Mode. Extra fast tool to create rhythmic structures for your song in seconds.
- Ableton Link Sync
- Midi Sync
- Control several parameters with midi Control Change and Program Change.
- Midi Out
- Sound Module ( Midi In )


Assignable Midi Controls.

Default Controls :

Play : G2
LivePads : C1 - G2
Fill + Play/Stop : A2

Fill : C2
Fill + Toggle Hats/Ride D2
Toggle Hats/Ride Db2

Fill with LivePad Change E2
Load Live Pad C3
Preview LivePad Db3

Next Live Pad D3
Select Live Pad Set Eb3
Tap Tempo Bb2

Crash Cymbal B2
Next Song Ab2
Previous Song Gb2

Jam CC 1
Intensity CC 2
Master Volume CC 7

Swing CC 11
Reverb Level CC 91
Bank CC 32

Rhythm CC 0
Soundset PC

What’s New

Version 3.25

- Changing SWING with Live Pad sets with BPM
- Send & Receive grooves to/from other Drummers
- Sample Rate Fixes
- More little improvements and bugs fixed

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
433 Ratings

433 Ratings

Tilden Thorne ,

Buy Everything By This Dev!

This is a great drum app, in a line of great drum apps. These apps are my go to when I need quick convincing drum tracks. I often even get questions like “Who played drums on this track?” (Although only Soft Drummer actually gets those questions)

If you need quality drum tracks, this app (and its siblings) will get you there with the least amount of fuss, and superb sound quality. I would like to see higher sample rates for the drum samples (as an option, even if it was an IAP).

What I really want is for this developer to make an “universal” drum app. One app that covers all the styles, and all the sounds, for one price (even if it is expensive). It would make moving between drum styles mid track much easier. If the developer is reading this, please consider making an app like this. I would pay substantially more for such an app, so long as it was done as well as the existing ones have been. Please consider this!

Sir A m4Y ,

Soft Drummer vs Beat Buddy

I was looking for a drum app that I could to play live in small intimate settings where sometimes electrical power is not readily available. I was delighted when I found Soft Drummer. I currently use a Beat Buddy and was looking for something similar in an app. This is not it. With that said, this is an excellent app with its own qualities but it is not as intuitive as Beat Buddy. I am not a drummer and need something fairly simple to play along with live. I need to be able to control things using OnSong and Quantiloop. I think this app can do everything I need and more but there is a learning curve and the documentation is scarce. There are a couple of YT tutorials but seem to more focused on recording than live play. I have not found a good tutorial on the MIDI settings. My needs are simple: I need to select a song and set the tempo using CC or PC commands using an Airturn Stomp 6 footswitch. I use OnSong to configure the six switches to trigger MIDI commands like Start/Stop, and send CC and PC commands to Quantiloop and Beat Buddy to select songs, change tracks and set tempos.
If I can figure out how to do this with Soft Drummer I will give it 5 Stars because the drum sounds and jamming features are stellar. If I could get some help from you, Louis, by getting some documentation and/or tutorials, that would be very much appreciated.

Former Goodreader ,


A Sophisticated jazz drummer app (with brushes!) that needs no tweaking. It can play full 16 measure patterns of excellent sampled drums and improvise softly (pianissimo) and with subtleties better than many drummers I know.
Having used recorded bass and drums for years to accompany jazz standards, I could not change tempos easily since they were pre-recorded. Soft Drummer allows nuanced jazz drumming in many varied tempos and moods that works well live. Starting with a measure drumstick count-off, then a creative introduction measure, (and eventually a closing measure); jumping to the touchscreen controls and back to playing your instrument is easy. Those control buttons would be easier if BIGGER, at least as big as the drum trigger buttons. I missed the tiny INTRO button when stopping and starting (crucial musical moments). Making the INTRO button as big as the triangular start button would be my only improvement request.
The Reverb, EQ, PAN, etc.; are detailed and easily adjusted.
I have not tried MIDI integration yet but if it works as it should it can be an excellent alternative MIDI triggered sound module.
Just a tip: If you play the same music at 120=BPM or 60=BPM in cut time
(so it’s really the same speed) it will change the character a lot especially if you set the “jamming” and/or “swing” to a high setting.
Alpha program!
I can’t wait to see what an additional soundest, offered for my review, will do!
Thank you.
Dale Jeffries

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