DM1 - The Drum Machine
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DM1 is an advanced Drum Machine. It turns your computer into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 108 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.
With Midi In & out, DM1 is ready to fit your digital audio workstation.
As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Fingerlab, have developed DM1 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy, overbusy interfaces.
Check our 108 electronic drum kits. 28 classic vintage drum kits plus 80 in-house produced electronic kits, edited and mastered at Fingerlab professional studio.
DM1 offers 5 main sections:
1 - THE STEP SEQUENCER Just turn on and off steps in your sequence to create cool beats, or unexpected rhythms!
2 - THE DRUM PADS simply lets you play and record the beat that tickles your fingers on the keyboard. No need to be a first-class drummer, automatic quantize does the work for you.
3 - THE MIXER for quick and subtle sound mixing of your drum kits. Featuring settings for volume, pitch, pan, sample length, custom drum kit element for each channel, mute and solo mode.
4 - THE FX TRACKPADS a creative duo of FX trackpads to distort, modulate and transform your beats. The effects include: Overdrive, Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Dalek, Formant, Resonant Filter & Compressor.
5 - THE SONG COMPOSER allows you to quickly make a song with the beat patterns you have created. Just drag and drop the patterns onto the timeline. Fast and easy.
DM1 for OSX is fully compatible with DM1 for iPad, you can share files between them.
• DM1 The Drum Machine for iPad winner Apple design Award 2012
• Fullscreen Retina Display
• Smart ergonomy for fast creativity and fun
• 108 vintage and produced drum kits, mastered at in-house Fingerlab Sound Studios
• import your samples and create your own kits
• Mixer with pitch, length and level rotary controls, pan controls, and custom drum kit per channel
• Automation Panel for a precise and intuitive control of any Mixer parameter over time
• Automation recording for FXs
• FX Trackpad for real-time sonic destruction and multi-FX
• Time signatures
• The Randomizer tool
• Extra fast drum kit loading
• Playable pattern selection for extra creativity
• Mode song with intuitive editing
• High-quality export
• Separated tracks and AAC encoding export options
• Full Midi Implementation
• Import & Export your song project
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What's New in Version 2.2
- 9 new drum kits
- Midi export velocity added
- Minor ergonomics improvements
Great within its limitations [revised review]
If you are new to drum pattern programming, this is really hard to beat (pu-pu-pun not intended). If a rhythm pops into my head in the middle of work, this is that app I launch rather than Ableton Live or GarageBand. If I am in my living room, I launch the iPad version, out and about, the iPhone version. It’s intuitive with enough advanced features to tweak away for hours. I highly recommend it, but it really needs to have an AU version (on Mac and iOS) for it to play well with other apps and be integrated into my music making process. (I originally also wrote, "Project files should be transferable between the Mac and iOS versions.” However, I finally found that this feature also exists in the iPhone version where it is located hidden behind the Song Load button rather than with the other export options.)
There is no way should this app be an Editors Choice. It’s clunky, unresponsive, and clearly unoptimized.
I wanted to use this app to trigger a physical drum machive via midi, but the midi setup panel does not work at all. It’s confusingly setup as if it’s a midi router. Why is it a midi router? No idea. This midi setup panel does not remember any settings and it doesn’t let you change any of the setting either. I have around 20 midi inputs and outputs, and when I press the “Refresh” button it goes through your various midi inputs and outputs and assigns one of them (Randomly?) to all 5 of the routing fields. In my case, this is a midi port in the middle of a midi interface that has 8 inputs and outputs. The app does not display the correct port name, and there is no way to change these fields to other midi inputs or outputs. This app should only have one midi input port that it accepts input from, and one midi ouput port that it sends output to, and those should be selectable, and the app should remember the chosen settings.
Useful sounds, quick to make standard grooves & chain patterns
DM1 has an impressive collection of sounds. It is easy to make fun grooves in standard time-signatures.
Though the app shows 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 as options, it does not treat the dotted quarter-note as a beat (which is standard). So it is basically just truncating the pattern length with no actual triplets. This is a considerable oversite since you might like to have a groove with actual triplets in it. It’s not a deal breaker, it is just a “fake” feature that requires you to do some work-arounds. All they would need to do is scale the step to beat/tempo ratio from 4:1 to 3:1. I’ve mentioned this to the developer but gotten no response about it. Would love to see this app evolve into a more rhythmically versatile machine. For example, would love to see beats be able to be divided (per track, per beat) a la iOS’s Molten.