Inspired by dusty old circuits from 1983...
Sounds Analog and Alive.
Create your own sound. Your own beat. Your own vibe.
This app is inspired by a specific piece of drum machine hardware.
"The AudioKit 909 is PERFECT, fantastic job!" - Jakob Haq, iOS YouTuber
"Very cool..I really like the vibe of it!" – J Miles, Grammy-winning producer (Michael Jackson)
+ Hybrid Synth/sample based drum creation
+ AUv3 (Use as plugin in GarageBand, AUM, Cubasis 3, BM3, etc)
+ Easy to use controls. Create your own sound. Live tweaks.
+ Exclusive special sauce. Vibe it out.
Tweak the knobs. This is a drum machine that is meant to be PLAYED.
Switch Patterns on screen (or with MIDI) to create new creations on the fly for live performance or songwriting.
It's like getting an expensive piece of vintage hardware on your iPhone and iPad.
Small & mighty: Entire app less than 20mb (on most devices)
iPhone 6s and above screen size. Requires iOS 11 and above. Will not work with 1st generation SE phones.
+ MIDI for drum triggers (Bass Drum, Snare, etc) start on "C" Note 36 (C1 in GarageBand)
+ MIDI for pattern triggers start on "C" Note 12 (C-1 in GarageBand)
+ AUv3 automation coming to AUM
+ MIDI CC and MIDI Learn coming
+ Better AUv3 timing coming. For now, try lowering buffer for quicker latency
+ MIDI Out
This app is part of our Limited Edition App Series:
Thank you for your support. Looking forward to hearing your creations, please tag @audiokitpro on Instagram and Twitter :)
This app has no affiliation with Roland. It is a brand new synth drum machine for your enjoyment.
THANKS EVERYONE! Cool updates:
+ You can record from the Pads into your fav iOS host (like GarageBand and Cubasis 3)
+ You can record Pattern changes into your fav iOS host (tap a pattern button while recording in your host, and your host will play back the pattern changes)
+ You can also record pads & patterns with an external MIDI controller into your host (Drums start at C1  and Patterns at C-1 )
+ Timing improved (some of you have asked for Ableton Link, we're looking into it!)
+ MIDI Learn & more cool features you have been requesting!
You can send friendly emails to us at
Thank you :)
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
LOVE IT! Great app you devs: intuitive yet powerful, flexible and hooman vibing. sounds sick in context right out the gate. easily tweak control of user presets? yep. and samples? why yes load yer own! well thought out ui and oh my does it bring the ffffffunk to fingers. it’s just really fun to play. when I touch it my hand feels good. :)
**only issues I have are the ui pad view does not quite fit the screen of my gen2 12.9 iPad Pro running 14.2(or 14.1) and the app does hang between screens from time to time. but it will be fixed so whatevs.
FEATURE REQUEST: also an alternate skin would be really great!
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Hopefully it will get better
Based on the positive reviews I purchased this drum app - It’s not as good as the hype. Some folks even said this was the new best drum apps. I cannot fathom how anyone could come to that conclusion. It’s no where near the top of the list for good drum apps. I like the “vibe it out” and crusher options and that’s about it. This app crashes when I press the save button. It glitches out and kills all audio when I try to solo a track. There is only one drum sample to choose from. There is no ride bell, shaker, or kalimba. There’s no probability options. Limited fx options (give us a reverb and delay bus). Speaking of bussing, there’s no fx busing. No midi mapping as of yet. No randomizer. The decay setting doesn’t really matter when the samples have no sustain information unless you set the tune to 0. Even at zero it has no impact of you want a long snare note (IE: turning the sustain knob to the right is useless) Having a synth engine for bass/snare is worthless when the perimeters only expire a small fraction of the potential range. They may as well be samples for how limited the synth engine is The GUI is very rough for a paid app. Did I mention it crashes when I press save? I have immediate buyers remorse. There’s probably worse drum apps but this does not compete with any of the well known drum app options as if bows
Developer Response ,
Hello, that does sound frustrating. We have submitted a quickfix to the app store for the save error that is affecting some users. It should hopefully be there for you soon. For those reading, the reviewer is right. This app is inspired by a very specific drum machine - the synth engine and controls are very similar to a piece of hardware and $99 desktop cloud app, all for $3. For those expecting an "everything" drum machine, this is not it. It's inspired by a very specific device and sound. And the controls and sounds match that. Thank you.
Has potential, but some serious bugs need addressing
- Like someone else mentioned The clock isn’t synced correctly. No matter what I run it with played on the 1 of the beat it never aligns. This is without any shuffle. 😦
- In GarageBand it doesn’t record midi information as an Audio unit extension. 😞
- The screen doesn’t fit the iPad like others have said. 🙁
- Some Crashing issues. 😕
- in the spirit of the 909 wouldn’t it be nice to be able to route individual outputs from the BD, snare etc to whatever FX sends we wanted in AUM or Audiobus? 🤔☝️(this would be a game changer)
- Sounds very good, nice features, nice bread n butter portable house and techno machine. 😀
- Workflow is pretty good. Easy enough to switch between patterns, and pretty intuitive copy and pasting. 🙂
- The price is generous. For less than a cup of coffee you have a faithful software emulation of a 909 that on your phone will fit into your pocket. 🥳
I think it’s got potential to one of the better bread and butter drum machines on iOS. If the above issues and suggestions could be addressed I think it would have more usability as a tool to play live with. As it stands I think it’s certainly more than equipped to be a decent sketch pad for techno and house tunes. At this price I’m not expecting any more than that.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.