Two weeks ago Different Drummer was released with a $300 price-tag. There was some amusement about this throughout the week that followed, but I didn't report on it because I had talked to the developer. He had said that this was a placeholder price, trying to hold on to the name on iTunes. They didn't feel it was really ready, and were just keeping the app at a crazy price to discourage people from buying. At the time I was told that, "It will be priced in the range of serious musical software and drum machines because it's just that unique."
Today it was updated with MIDI features and the price was lowered to $150, so I guess this is it. That price is still high for an app, but it is in-line with VSTs and other computer-based music apps. I'm trying to reserve judgement, and have requested a promo-code for review.
Different Drummer is your secret weapon in the quest for innovative beats that make sense. Using patent pending Cyclophone Technology, Different Drummer taps into the primal source of all drumming—waves. Wave motion propels almost everything you can imagine and it's the perfect controller for drumming too. Different Drummer puts out 8 tracks of drum beats which are remarkably lifelike at times and out of this world at others. To see Different Drummer in action please go to www.technemedia.com
What's new in 1.01:
- Various bug fixes
- MIDI Sync send
- MIDI Out, Start, Stop
- More drum sounds
- UI Refinements
There is no video available at this time. You won't actually "see Different Drummer in action" on their website just yet, though it now says that a video will be coming soon.
Update: Developer Techné Media has uploaded two demos to SoundCloud. Thanks to Rafael for pointing me towards these.