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! Also has Ableton Link support!
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 Ableton Link integration. Ableton Link is a new technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Link-enabled iOS apps and Ableton Live over a wireless network.
- Added Audiobus Remote triggers, updated to latest SDK
- Added Bluetooth LE MIDI support
- Added 3D touch support for iPhone 6S/6S+, usable for velocity or repeat rate control on pads
- Fixed various Inter-app audio lifecycle issues, avoids being a zombie
- Fixed stuck auto-repeat via midi input
- Fixed issue where loop vol/pan didn't change when set via CC during pending change
- Stop hits are not played if loop is muted and now respect pan/vol of loop
- Other bug fixes
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Ratings and Reviews
Such a great app with so much thought and care inside
You can tell the developers spent time to think through the solutions. The loops and sounds are very high quality. Tons of variety too. Such a great app for producing, performing or jamming along to. You can download your audio loops easily via a web page which is slick. Highly recommend if you are looking for traditional or eclectic percussion for your music. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Takes it to the next level
Abelton Link is really starting to show its genius. Using this app linked with Gadget and Patterning with the Randomization engaged is amazing, the results are incredibly inspiring. I almost sounds like I know what I am doing. It's designed for performance. The sounds are top notch. I really think the randomization feature gives it its power. Most of the stuff I do sounds linear because the drum track is repetitive. With the randomization I can jam with the changes it sounds good enough to be in a movie soundtrack. Maybe they could have a save randomization button on the performance screen when one comes up that you really like.
PRETTY COOL APP BUT.....
This app is amazing. Top notch but, it only gets 4 stars because there are not enough rock drums. I love all types of music but Rock and the Blues are my faves. Please do more rock stuff and, I'll give this app 5 stars.
Jesus Christ you guys. What the hell is wrong here? Do you guys think that every human being on the planet loves salsa
and other ethnic drum beats? I love those beats but for me, I'm rock and roll and YOU PEOPLE JUST WALTZ RIGHT BY THAT!!! When will you people add more rock beats. I only give 1 star for this. Thumb jam is good too but its interface is absolutely horrible. Which is why I've deleted it. Why can't they just use piano keys like everyone else. I'm a keyboardist and pianist and thumbjam interface is so grotesque. Until they fix these problems, I will not use thumb or drum jam.
- Sonosaurus LLC
- 363.1 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2016 Sonosaurus LLC and Pete Lockett
- In-App Purchases
- Electro Pack $0.99
- Tuned Percussion Pack $0.99
- Tambourines and Textures Pack $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.