Wherever you are, in the lunch break, in the park, in bed, wherever the inspiration comes to, having the right drum app on your iPad or iPhone, your idea can turn into your next musical masterpiece.
We bring you a round-up of some of the best drum machines for iOS devices, especially for the iPad owners.
By Native Instruments
iMaschine app from Native Instruments features 16 virtual pads, which can be loaded with 25 different kits (100 MB of content, over 400 samples) also included with the app.
With iMaschine you can record and create your own drum samples through the integrated microphone from your iOS device. Discover more features of this app at Apple Store where it’s available for £3.99/$4.99.
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iELECTRIBE app recreates the historic Korg’s ELECTRIBE·R drum machine, being very fun to use and very intuitive – just like his vintage analog synthesizer predecessor. It features a 16-step sequencer, 8 Effects, Audio export function and much more.
iELECTRIBE is a dedicated iPad app and cannot be used with iPhone and iPod touch. You can get iELECTRIBE from Apple Store for $19.99.
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By Akai Professional
Who makes beats and has not ever heard about Akai’s MPC?
iMPC app transforms your iPad into a veritable MPC machine including everything you need to create beats fast and easy.
iMPC includes over 1200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences. You can record and make your own samples, create beats and share them on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter or just export them on your computer.
iMPC is compatible only with the iPad and requires iOS 6.1 or later. You can download this app directly from App Store for $6.99.
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If you’re already familiar with the desktop version of Arturia’s Spark, then you know that you’re dealing with a very powerful beat-making tool. iSpark is one of the best virtual drum machines that you can have on your iPad, featuring a large variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on the most renowned drum machines and top-notch sound design.
iSpark includes the multi-rewarded TAE® analog synthesis technology, physical modeling, and multi-layered professional samples.
Find more about iSpark and get it from App Store where is available for $19.99.
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DM1 is an advanced iPad vintage Drum Machine application capable of transforming your iPad into a creative and fun beat machine. Right from the beginning, you will get 108 superb electronic drum kits edited and mastered at Fingerlab professional studio.
DM1 brings 5 main sections: The Step Sequencer, The Drum pads, The Mixer, The FX Trackpads and The Song Composer.
Discover all its features at Apple Store where DM1 is available priced at $4.99.
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by Sugar Bytes
Egoist for iPad is the mobile version of Sugar Bytes’ plugin of the same name. The iOS version comes with three main modules: Bass/Beat, Slicer, and Effects. You can use Egoist in the studio or on the road to creating new tracks using even your mp3 library as the sound source.
Egoist is still one of the greatest drum machines for iPad devices on the App Store. This drum app is available priced at £22.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later.
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By Vibrant Digital Engineering
Diode-108 Drum Machine is another great free music-making app for music producers that allow you to control each effect “HIT BY HIT”.
Diode-108 includes a variety of built-in drum kits, from classic, vintage to acoustic drum sounds, but you can use your own drum kits in Wav format.
Another great feature of this app is that you can simply drag and drop effects to your groove. It’s really fun to use the app and can be yours for FREE at Apple Store.
Update: Not Available Anymore
EGDR909 is a drum machine app that emulates the 909 hardware drum machine from the ’80s. If you are a vintage fanatic this drum app brings a realistic interface and high-quality drum sounds.
Also, it features a 16 step sequencer, 48 programmable rhythm patterns, audiobus support, and export possibility directly to iTunes or Audio Copy.
The best thing is that EGDR909 works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can have this app on your device for $3.99 via App Store.
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9. BOOM 808
By Pulse Code
TR-808 is a drum machine that has changed music forever since ’80s. In recent years it returned in force, and that has caused more companies to launch various products on the market such as samples libraries, plug-ins and applications that offer these wonderful drums.
Boom 808 iOS drum machine app puts at your fingers all the classic 808 drum sounds plus some extra features like a step sequencer, core MIDI, audiobus, compressor, swing, and overdrive. You can record and export live drum sessions to your Soundcloud or even to iTunes.
Boom 808 is available for iPad and needs iOS 7.0 or later. You can download this drum machine application from Apple Store where is priced at just $1.99.
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Vatanator is a unique drum machine app for iPad featuring advanced MIDI functionality, 140 built-in presets emulating every classic vintage hardware plus a 16/32 steps sequencer with advanced MIDI options and more.
Priced at $5.99, the Vatanator app is available for iPad and requires iOS 7.1 or later.
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By Olympia Noise
Patterning is a modern iPad drum machine app with a great design based around a circular interface. It is a deep and flexible drum machine that allows you to create dynamic drum patterns with the swipe of a finger.
Besides the classic vintage drum machine samples, Patterning also includes some exclusive modern drum kits.
This app is available via Apple Store priced at $9.99, compatible with iPad (Requires iOS 8.1 or later).
I hope that this list to help you find the perfect drum machine application for your iOS mobile device. Feel free to share this article with your friends.
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