DronePlayer is a fun, interactive practice assistant for improvising musicians. Playing over extended tonalities is a great way to develop your ears as well as your musical ideas.

Long, sustained tones are generally known as drones. Drones have proven themselves quite useful for practicing. Many people use them to assist with intonation. Some enjoy playing scales over them. I personally have found them useful for practicing improvisation and improving my ears.

Muting one of the drone voices is a great way to play with just a fundamental pitch. You can then improvise over this and focus on hearing how what you are playing relates. Adding a second drone voice just adds to the fun.

What’s New

Version 2.7.1

Improved the way the adjust knob works (now able to transpose a drone sequence up or down an octave). A few minor bug fixes as well. If you enjoy DronePlayer, please give us a review. Thank you!

Ratings and Reviews

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3 Ratings

carrickp ,

Pulsing, not constant.

Pretty useless for me. The drone wavers and pulses, no matter what you do -- even if you put it on infinite play and turn off the percussion. If you're trying to tune a musical instrument, practice scale intonation or the like, it's not what you need. I'm not a pop music person, so perhaps this app has applications in that field. But I'm sure I do not know what they are.

Thephen ,

Improv Improvement

Practicing with drones is a great way to exercise a wide variety of musical skills. I've spent hours jamming with this app and you will too.

The app is easy to use and that makes it easy to reach for. Anything that gets me on my piano practicing improv (for hours on end) is welcome in my routine, and droneplayer does reliably and enjoyably.

The drum patterns are useful and evocative. I even spent some time with my kids teaching them the love of improv with droneplayer. We took turns 'scatting' over droneplayer and we had a great time.

Bottom line: droneplayer is day to use and it puts me in the right mood to jam-- I don't have to sequence anything, or rifle through lists of mixer-routing-insutment to stay on the right mood. Start droneplayer and start having fun.

jazzdrifter ,

Great Practicing Tool!

Few apps come along that I would deem valuable and essential for the improvising musician. Droneplayer is one of those apps! This is a fun way to jam and it will play as long as you want. Controls work flawlessly. Thanks for a great app!


Thomas Gullion
82.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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