Ratatap Drums – the best drumming app for iPhone/Retina/iPad!

I don’t normally put up straight drum playing apps, but this one seems to have a lot more to it.

The app features new ways to play the drums, ten drum kits included, plus you can edit and create new drumsets. The app is force sensitive, so that the harder you tap a drum, the louder it sounds. You can do drum rolls of varying speed by dragging your finger around, and the sound blends smoothly and realistically so you don’t get a machine-gun effect. Cymbal hits blend smoothly together. The drums are animated, responding to user’s touches: cymbals swing, bass drums pulse, hihats bounce.

In Ratatap Drums, you can create your own drums, drumkits, even record your own drum sounds. Pinch and pull to make drums bigger or smaller. Rotate them with multitouch gestures.

Multitrack recording and sharing performances is included, too. We’ve even built a web player that can play the performances made on the iPad, so you can tweet a performance and share it.

The app is priced at $1.99 and there’s a free version available too.

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ittyMIDI Drummer

ittyMIDI Drummer is a MIDI drum machine for Palm OS ittyMIDI. The beta version is available now.

Drummer has the following features:

  • Real-Time switching between up to eight patterns in a given style. Each pattern includes its own fill. Each style also has an intro and end pattern.
  • Innovative Hit Feature provides a way to accent any beat, allowing you to break free from the canned drum loop sound.
  • MIDI File Format uses standard marker messages to delimit patterns, allowing easy creation of custom styles with a MIDI sequencer!
  • External Control allows all of Drummer’s functions to be controlled via MIDI for live flexibility (converter box required).

The app has been in beta for quite a long time now so I do wonder when it will go to version 1.0. However, it is always good to see new music applications appearing for the palm platform, or for any mobile platform for that matter.

PSP Rhythm 7.0

I haven’t had a look at this for a long time now, mainly due to the fact that I don’t own a PSP. However, it looks like PSP Rhythm has really moved on in a big way.

PSP Rhythm 7.0 is a complete music workstation in the palm of your hand. PSP Rhythm features include sample playback, sample manipulation, audio effects, grid sequencer, and song arranger. PSP Rhythm enables you to take audio samples, arrange them, effect them, and record your songs to CD quality audio files.

Major Improvements for version 7.0:

  • Wave Table Synthesizer (with user defined oscillator)
  • Sample Volume Envelope
  • Improved Audio Engine
  • Song files have replaced bank files
  • Improved file user interface

Inspired by classic drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and modern audio software, PSP Rhythm is a portable music studio which fuses old and new ideas.

The heart of PSP Rhythm is its sample based playback engine. The playback engine enables you to chop and pitch-shift any sound. Every sampled sound also runs through an individual volume envelope which enables you to alter the attack or decay of the sound. Samples can then be modified with effects such as distortion, slicer, delay, time-stretch, high/low pass filter, and monophonic sample mode.

The on board Bass-line synth in PSP Rhythm is similar to the classic Roland TB-303. TB-303 style features such as Accent and Slide are available. The real-time control of the cutoff and resonance give you that authentic “Acid” sound that made the TB-303 Bass-line synth so famous.

The newest audio tool introduced in PSP Rhythm version 7.0 is the Wave Synth. The Wave Synth uses the basic building blocks of subtractive synthesis with the ability to use any sampled audio source as a digital oscillator.

PSP Rhythm can simultaneously sequence 15 samples or 15 wave synths and 1 Bass-line synth. Sounds are grouped into patterns, patterns can be expanded into songs, and songs can be recorded to CD quality PCM wave format and exported to general midi. Songs can now be loaded and saved per song file which enables you to save and back-up your data as much as you wish.

Palm Drum Kit Studio: Oh dear!

So I loaded this onto my T3 and ….

… nothing!

Yeah, nothing at all, no sound whatsoever. Strange I thought, then it caused a crash. So I reset, I try again, same thing, so I give up. Shame, nice idea for a toy, but obviously not for me.