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DM1 - The Drum Machine

By Fingerlab

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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 86 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 86 electronic drum kits. 20 classic vintage drum kits plus 66 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
• 86 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 1.2

-Sound Engine optimization
-UI optimization
-Midi bugs fixes
-Bugs fixes


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Customer Reviews

Initial Impressions… you really get what you pay for...

Just playing around with it I’m seeing a lot of bugs and confusing controls. I’ll try to make a change to a setting on one mixer track and the setting will change on the track I was working on before instead. To be clear, I’m clicking on the forward/backward button on a track on one side of the mixer and the button is getting switched on a track on the other side of the mixer. If I’m clicking on a track, that’s the track I’m trying to work on and settings on other tracks shouldn’t be changing.

Also I’m getting a lot of lag, especially when the above mixer track issue starts happening. Suddenly I won’t be able to stop the loop from playing and I have to wait for the program to catch up with all my clicks. I’ve got a mid 2011 iMac with the latest version of OSX and 16 gb of RAM… shouldn’t be this much lag. I’ll close the app and start it up again and it works fine for a few minutes then gets laggy again.

Otherwise, it does appear to be a well laid out app and I’m still hoping I can get it to work for recording a few simple tracks. We’ll see.

Fun machine!

Drum machine for the Mac done very well. Super clean and easy to understand interface, really simple to learn. You can create your custom kits so you can mix and match sounds however you want. Working with the buttons and nobs are alot of fun because it feels like a real drum machine, even the Efx pad is really cool and I find it be very responsive. The app itself feels stable, I’m skeptical about another review I found where they said it didn’t work — the app feels solid and doing things like saving your songs and making any custom changes doesn’t seem to do anything to the performance of the app — I’m sure the other user is running an old unsupported version of OS X. In any case, this app is really awesome and if you want to have fun building songs and beat patters, have a crack at it, definitely recommended.

Just a buggy toy

I really wanted this to be a great drum machine, but the desktop version is buggy. I could accept graphical bugs, but what I can’t accept are sound bugs. Each instrument should be independent, but I am getting weird interactions. Specifically, I find that adding a clap on a beat changes the level of output that comes from a high hat for the next few beats after the clap. These interactions are not musical. In addition, I ran into three visual bugs within 5 minutes of using the program, so quality control is just no happening. I wish I could get my $10 back.

DM1 - The Drum Machine
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 60.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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