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sBASSdrum Drum and Groove Machine

Amy Lee, aka ANI, has been featured here 11 times for her music with iOS apps. Today she has released her own app! sBASSdrum, pronounced space-drum, is an impressive first app for anyone, but it is especially welcomed to see this come from a long-time community member.



sBASSdrum iTunes Description:

The amazing sBASSdrum drum machine and synthesizer let's you blast off to new sonic realms with your iPad! Instantly add DJ-style filter/resonance effects, loop your performance, and keep it looping in the background to play another app's audio over it.

Designed for novices with super-simple operation: play both drums and music with just two thumbs! Or team up with a friend and each person can play a different side of the screen. Perfect for kids or kids at heart!

It's A Drum Machine

  • 6 special drums pads can play more than one sound
  • Optimized workflow for 1-finger operation
  • No lag switching between kits

It's A Synthesizer

  • Instantly make harmony without knowing piano or music!
  • Hand-crafted patches great for dance, pop, and jazz styles
  • Super easy interface splits bass, melody, and accent keys
  • Based on a rich sample library

It's A Looper

  • Punch Record to create a loop, Play to begin immediate looping
  • Add any amount of overdubs you want!
  • Leave it running while switching to another app to have a background beat!

It's Got Effects

  • A single X/Y control pad gives you quick access to built in low-pass and high-pass filter effects
  • Do DJ-style filter sweeps and resonance overdriving

And It's A Spaceship

  • Seriously. It's a spaceship. That's a music instrument.
  • Did we mention it's a spaceship?

You'll never need to know that under the cute exterior beats the heart of a custom-built event-based multitimbral sampler engine capable of playing hundreds of samples at once on an optimized floating-point audio pipeline. As avid musicians, coders, and designers, we would want no less than a pro-spec system ourselves. This app is just the beginning...

Notes: AudioBus and Inter-App Audio not supported (yet!). On-screen only, no MIDI input (yet!).

Enjoy your trip to outersbass!

Buy sBASSdrum on iTunes: Free (Until Feb. 14th)


I got a preview of this last week and had fun with it. It's a lot more polished than most people's first apps, but not as fully fleshed out as one might hope. It's free though until Valentine's Day, so there's that! If you've seen any of Amy's performances you'll know she's a looper, and that's exactly how she's designed this app. You loop up the drums, and then you have an independent section of sampled synths and other instruments to add to the looping.

Amy is also the first person to ever write up their whole app press release in Limerick form, complete with date-line, as required by my Style Guide. Usually I just get a single stanza and then the typical boring PR. I won't embarrass her by sharing it here, but I thought it was worth noting.

Reader Comments 13

Just downloaded and this is really cool! Thanks

February 10, 2014  | person_outline Brian

I read this site every day
To keep up with all the news Tim Webb has to say
And I hope everyone enjoys my new app
(But I'm a tired developer so I'll now take a nap)
Have a happy ValenTUNES Day!

February 10, 2014  | person_outline Amy Lee

Hmm...a conundrum.

After loving all her videos, of course I want it!

But *because* I've loved her stuff I want to pay...so I'll have to wait for this one :-)

February 10, 2014  | person_outline rbh

congrats to ANI on her first app completion. Respect for that. I would be playing with the app now, but i am still with an old ipad. looks like a great start though. Must have been a lot of work.

February 10, 2014  | person_outline anonymouse

Congrats, this is really good fun. Well done!

February 10, 2014  | person_outline Trueyorky

Thanks, my daughter and i will enjoy this!

February 10, 2014  | person_outline Yak Nepper

i'd have to give sBASSdrum first rate
a winner out of the gate
a spaceship for no cash
and a 1.0 that don't crash
is better than sex on a first date

seriously though, from my inner child, congratulations and thanks Amy!

February 10, 2014  | person_outline a1

Thanks Amy & congrats! Must of been a journey & a half developing this, hope you had fun :)
Il have some fun now, thanks for your generosity.

February 10, 2014  | person_outline Higs

Thanks.

February 10, 2014  | person_outline analoghaze

It is a hoot! I love this little app. It forces you to play without a safety net, does not crash, and makes you work with imperfections an...JUST CRASHED ON ME WHILE I WAS WRITING THIS!

I pushed the little ship way too hard, and it blew up!

BUT, it is fun, fresh, a great little concept both visually, and GUI, and it sounds GREAT...with really sweet chord progression possibilities in the preset configurations...

Reminds me of the days when I used sounds percussively to create loops, had to rely more on my own sense of groove without a metronome, and made me focus more on songwriting and arranging. Nice job. Would be totally cool if you could sample your voice, export some of it. Deserves Audiobus NOW!

February 11, 2014  | person_outline Chris Catalano

I love the sbasship!!!!! Thank you so much Amy for the awesome gift … I am having so much fun and will treasure this forever! So incredibly unique in a world full of app sameness ;)

February 11, 2014  | person_outline Marlene DeGrood

Amy I think this was quite ambitious of you to make an app. You really put your money where your mouth is and I think you did GREAT!! I'd say it's SBASSICALLY a hit!!!
I think you're a super dooper looper and you are now becoming an app maker I'd say you are a winner all the way!! thanks for a great free present~~
Maria

February 11, 2014  | person_outline Maria

Fan-fucking-tastic!

February 16, 2014  | person_outline rbh
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