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Old 08-19-2009, 12:04 AM
ethangar ethangar is offline
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Default iPhone Apps for Drummers

The most recent issue of Drum! magazine ran an article about iPhone apps for drummers. The thing is, the apps I use most (in relation to drumming) were really not listed. So, I decided to write up my own version on my blog. Maybe you guys can share some of the ones you use. Here's what I wrote:

iPhone Apps for Drummers

There are a lot of iPhone apps out there, and a lot of them are aimed at drummers. There are metronomes, practice tools, tuners, drum machines, recorders, etc. I'll be honest. I've bought a lot of them. Of those I've bought or downloaded, I actually use an incredibly small percentage of of them on any sort of regular basis. In fact, I'd wager I'll never touch 90% of them again. However, some of the ones I use regularly are incredibly useful, so I figured I would share.

Amazing Slow Downer

Amazing Slow Downer is, hands down, the best tool in my arsenal for learning how to play (or transcribe) other people's music. What it does is simple in a sense. It slows down the song, but manages to keep the pitch. How much you slow down the song is variable. As you can see from the screenshot, there's a whole host of sliders you can adjust, and they're all pretty useful. Aside from slowing down songs, Amazing Slow Downer is incredibly useful for setting up and repeating difficult parts of songs. At $14.99 at the time of this writing, Amazing Slow Downer is one of the more expensive applications in the iTunes App Store. However, it's totally worth it. And, compared to the $49.95 the Mac/PC costs, it doesn't feel like a bad deal at all.

Setlist Metronome

There are way too many metronomes available for the iPhone. I've tried quite a few of them, both paid-for and free. This has been my favorite of the bunch. For a drummer, any metronome that uses only audible cues is pretty worthless. Setlist Metronome is, of course, a metronome with both visual and audible cues (otherwise it wouldn't be earning my recommendation). Beyond that, what sets it apart, and earns it its name, is the ability to create a setlist. You define a bunch of tempos and time signatures, load them all in a certain order, and then go play your gig/practice using them. Easy as that! It really doesn't do much more, but why would you want it to? Keep it simple and useful. This is another one that costs a bit more than most apps ($7.99 when this was written). Personally, I still find it worth it.

Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner

I don't know if this is something all drummers would need or use, but I'm one of those that relies on a tuner when I'm doing my snare and toms, at least to get me started. There are also a lot of tuners out there. This one seemed to be the best (most accurate and quick to respond) of the tuners I tried. It works great on guitars and other "normal" instruments, but it's quick enough to react to a drum hits too. At $3.99 during this writing, I'd say it is definitely a solid purchase.

So, everyone, share the iPhone apps you use :)
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:46 AM
John Galt John Galt is offline
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Default Re: iPhone Apps for Drummers

Nice one.
Thanks for that, interested in the Slow downer app, as I was getting around to finding something that would slow a tune down for transcription purposes.
Saves me the effort, with a reccomendation from a fellow drummer!

Many thanks.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:17 AM
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Excellent - I like the tuner myself. And,as far as an app for iPhones, I have my DVD available for iPhones as well, with a book aswell!


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Old 08-20-2009, 05:08 PM
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Default Re: iPhone Apps for Drummers

Great post - I've just got a macbook pro and so I might just get that slow downer for that.

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