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DrumKick for iPhone is the ultimate live performance drum app on-the-go! It gives you the freedom to play a great-sounding, intuitively laid-out drum kit anywhere—without the hassle of lugging your entire acoustic set to the show. Simply plug into a P.A. system, headphones, a boombox, or an amplifier, and you're ready to rock!
– Connect to your Bluetooth-enabled laptop or device with MIDI over Bluetooth.
– Core and Virtual MIDI support.
– Audiobus & Inter-App Audio support.
– Featured in Apple's December 2014 Music-Making Apps for "The Song."
– Featured in Apple's Band In Your Hand showcase.
– Rated as a Killer App on Apps4iDevices.
DrumKick is the only stereo drum app that allows you to play the kick drum with your foot!
With DrumKick installed on two iOS devices, such as an iPad and an iPhone, you can use the iPhone as a Bluetooth remote to play the kick drum with your foot! It also works with two iPhones or iPod touches. Or, you can mix and match.
How does it work?
Playing the virtual kick drum pedal is achieved by inserting the iPhone (upside down) into a snug fitness band that's wrapped around your ankle, or the front tube of your relatively clean crew sock. Tap your toes with your heel down, and the iPhone's accelerometer will trigger the kick drum sound on another iPhone or iPod touch via Bluetooth.
• Play the kick drum sound with your foot, using a second iOS device via standard Bluetooth connection.
• High-quality drum stereo sounds with independent control of their volume, pitch and pan levels.
• Low-latency with drum taps and sounds.
• Retina-enhanced, interactive, 3-D animated drums and cymbals.
• Multiple tap regions for triggering different drum and cymbal sounds.
• Ability to switch the drum kit's audio output from stereo to mono when connected to stereo speakers, such as a P.A. system.
• Touch-hold on the crash cymbal for a choked cymbal* muting effect.
• Audiobus & Inter-App Audio support (iOS7+) for adding effects apps to DrumKick's output and recording into to GarageBand, Loopy, or AudioShare.
• Audiobus Remote triggers that you allow you to play DrumKick's sounds via a secondary iDevice with the Audiobus Remote app installed. Requires the Audiobus app, iOS 8.3 +, iPad 3+, and iPhone 4S+. https://audiob.us/remote.
• Core MIDI IN & OUT support, thanks to Nic Grant of Audeonic Apps for his robust MidiBus Library. http://midib.us.
• MIDI over Bluetooth support.
• Play any of DrumKick's available sounds, using the iRig BlueBoard MIDI Bluetooth or KMI SoftStep foot controller. Requires Bluetooth LE-enabled iOS device such as the iPhone 4S, iPad 3, or higher.
• Jam along with music apps that run in the background, such as GarageBand, Pandora, or your iPod music library.
• Minimum requirements: iPad 2, iPhone 4S and newer devices are recommended.
* No cymbals were harmed during the making of this app.
DrumKick is not just for professionals. Kids and toddlers love playing it, too! The best part about it is volume control and the headphone jack!
Please feel free to rate and review DrumKick in the App Store. As an independent developer, your feedback will allow me to make further improvements, and make DrumKick the best drum app that I can.
Note: If you have an issue or find a bug within DrumKick for iPhone, please do not inform me about it in an App Review, since that method doesn't provide your contact information. For help and support, please send an email to:
• Missing UI panel for controlling the playback and recording from an Inter-App Audio connected app.
• MIDI over Bluetooth LE support (iOS 8 and above, only). Will not work with iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone 4 or earlier devices.
• Added missing Ride Edge and Crash 15" MIDI input note numbers (Thanks for catching this, Ricky Deng!)
• Updated Audiobus SDK 2.3.1.
• Minor bug fixes to the MIDI settings UI.
To connect DrumKick to your Bluetooth LE-enabled Mac:
1. On your iOS device, enable Bluetooth from the Control Panel or System Settings.
2. Launch DrumKick.
3. Within DrumKick, tap on the gear icon > Settings > MIDI Setup > Connect MIDI over Bluetooth LE > Enable "Advertise MIDI Service."
4. From your Mac, enable Bluetooth in the System Preferences.
5. Go to Applications > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup.
6. Launch Audio MIDI Setup.
7. Select Window (top menu) > Show MIDI Studio, and double-click on the Bluetooth configuration icon.
8. In the Bluetooth configuration window, it will scan for available Bluetooth devices. You should see the name of your iOS device listed with a button action to connect.
8. Click "Connect" to make the connection. If this is the first time that your Mac is being connected with your iOS device, it will display a passcode that will allow you to pair it with your iOS device.
9. Enter the passcode from your iOS device, and it should be connected to your Mac successfully via Bluetooth LE. It should even confirm its connection status in the label, saying, "Connected to Name-of-Mac. Advertising disabled."
10. Still within DrumKick, back out to the MIDI Setup options, scroll up, and select Output Note Map.
11. Enable all of the instruments that you'd like to trigger from DrumKick's interface, by tapping on the on/off switch. This includes the kick, the snares, the hi-hats, etc. If you wish to change their MIDI output note number, you can do that by tapping on the row once it's enabled, and assign it to a different MIDI note number. (More details, below!)
12. To test the Bluetooth connection from your Mac, let's open GarageBand as an example.
13. Select "Songwriter" template. The SoCal drum kit should be selected by default.
14. Now, tap on any of DrumKick's instruments that you have enabled for output, and you should hear its matching input note numbers being triggered via Bluetooth MIDI in GarageBand. If you don't want to hear the sound from DrumKick, just mute the audio on your iOS device and turn up the volume on your Mac.
Please note that GarageBand's drums are loosely based on the General MIDI drum kit note map, which doesn't seem to be documented anywhere. Luckily, you can audition all of GarageBand's (or any other MIDI-enabled music app that allows MIDI-in) instrument sounds, and reassign them to the DrumKick instrument trigger of your choice, using DrumKick's MIDI Output Note Map configurator. Here's how:
1. Within DrumKick, tap on the gear icon > Settings > MIDI Setup > Output Note Map
2. Enable the instrument that you'd like to trigger by tapping the on/off switch.
3. Once the instrument is enabled, tap on its row to view its currently selected output note number.
4. Now, tap on any of the surrounding table rows and listen to the sounds that are assigned to the particular MIDI note numbers.
5. When you're happy with your instrument's assigned MIDI note selection, tap the "Done" button in the top right-hand corner to close the MIDI Setup modal window. If you had just assigned the Kick drum, then when you tap on the kick drum, it will play the sound that you had just assigned to it.
If you need further assistance with the Bluetooth LE connection support for DrumKick, please contact me at: [email protected]
Please enjoy this new update, happy holiday, be safe, and have fun making music!