If you ever wanted to play a drum machine but never had a chance to, Drum app will make you feel like Ringo. This drum simulator hides a full-size drum machine in your phone or tablet; but you’ll need something louder than your phone to make it sounds real.
The app is just what it says on the tin: it’s all about playing drums with a virtual drum set. As you open it, it’s enough to touch any particular dram or hat to make it sound. The simulator is customizable, and you can even record what you play to use it later. For example, you can record a live loop and then use it in some music making or DJing app, or improvise some freestyle rap to it.
Beware: playing it is more fun than it would seem, so it may steal your hours. When playing it in a public place, make sure you put your headphones on, and there’s no sound coming out of your devices. A drum simulator can also be a good anti-stress solution. Tap your fingers like you do when you’re nervous and make your drums sound; it will probably be of more use than your table.
It’s a shame the app only offers one setup. But it looks quite good for a simple mobile app. As you tap any of the drums, it shows some animation imitating the real drum behavior when hit. It looks alive under your fingers.
Besides that, this setup can be adjusted the way you like. You can resize or reposition any of the drums, and adjust its particular sound, for example, to make kicks louder than the average level and hi-hats and rims lower.
When speaking of such a simulator, audial part matters as much as the visual. The developers provided quite good drum samples, but a regular phone or tablet doesn’t have speakers good enough to appreciate it. So if you want to play some drum sequence or improvise a beat, connect some good headphones or an external speaker. Wired one will do better than a Bluetooth audio device due to more precision and smaller response time.
General Impressions 6/10
Well, you really can play it. Of course, making music professionally requires something more advanced, but this drum simulator can be of its own value too. It should be highlighted that the response time depends on the performance of your device. Don’t be surprised if you try to play Drum on an old tablet and suddenly hear your kick or hi-hat noticeably delayed. The faster is your device, the smaller is the delay, down to none at all.
Another feature that matters is multitouch. Now, most devices feature decent multitouch, except for old Chinese tablets; but if you suddenly happen to have one, don’t even try to play Drums with it, as the app requires real multitouch ability.
The app is offered for free, so no wonder it’s ad-supported. Maybe many young musicians wouldn’t mind having a hardware drum set for free, even if it displays ads during concerts. But so far it’s just an app.