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 with more control to set which instruments can improvise. (iPad)
- Round Robin alternating samples, combining 3 layer samples of each stroke makes a extremely 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 )

--- MIDI Control - Notes Mode
Play / Stop - Midi Note G2 / Program Change 13
Midi CC 0: Rhythm
Midi CC 1: Jam Intensity
Midi CC 7: Master Volume
Midi CC 11: Swing
Midi CC 32: Bank
Midi CC 91: Reverb Gain
Select Soundset: Program Change (Notes Live Pad Mode)

--- MIDI Control - Notes Mode
Play / Stop - Midi Note G2 / Program Change 13
Midi CC 0: Rhythm
Midi CC 1: Jam Intensity
Midi CC 7: Master Volume
Midi CC 11: Swing
Midi CC 32: Bank
Midi CC 91: Reverb Gain
Select Soundset: Program Change (Notes Live Pad Mode)

--- Live Pad Midi Controls:
* Program Change Mode (default setting)
PC 0 to PC7 : Select Pad
PC8: Fill
PC12: Fill for the next Pad change
PC10: Fill for every Pad change
PC11: Fill & Start / End
PC13: Play

* Notes Mode (default setting)
C3 to G3 : Select Pad
C2: Fill
D2: Fill for the next Pad change
E2: Fill for every Pad change
A2: Fill & Start / End.

- Song Mode Controls: (Notes Live Pad Mode)
Midi Note C2: Preview Song
Midi Note D2: Next Song
* Double press to edit a part or song
* Long press to move parts or songs

What’s New

Version 3.01

- 2D Slider ( x: Jam - y: Intensity )
- Export Audio ( Full Mix & Multi-Track )
- Export Midi
- New Mixer
- Save Mix and Effects to Soundset
- Toggle Ride
- Ride Option in Song Parts
- Mixer / Effects Screen
- Midi Controls for loading Live Pad Sets
- 2 Drummers available as In-App Purchases
- Soundsets available as In-App Purchases

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

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

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.

Brobroh. ,

Nice. Superb. Hopefully better UI in the future.

This can be really great for anyone practicing saxophone. Really enjoying the variety of the sounds and various patterns. And it says i can get a soundset if i write a review. One thing is that i wish i have a more intuitive n reliable UI. When in song mode, when i delete all parts, the app will crash n shut down. (Ipad pro 9.7) and i'd like to save my own variations from the existing patterns or sounds combinations, but the save button won't be activated most of the time. Hope these will be fixed in the future. Currently it's the best n only Soft drummer on the market i believe.


Deleted n reinstalled, and i have to rate it again. One another bug that i wish quickly be fixed is in the song mode. First part plays correctly, and the second part and the rest will not play snares at all. Deleted n Reinstalled but didn't change. Hopefully this will be fixed soon~ All other things are great.


Lumbeat Ltd.
446.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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In-App Purchases
  1. Clayton $4.99
  2. Joe $4.99
  3. Presence $3.99


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