Elastic Drums

Elastic Drums


  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2014-12-17
  • Current Version: 2.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 153.90 MB
  • Developer: O-G-SUS
  • Compatibility: Requires Android / iOS 8.2 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 143 Ratings


Featured 170 times on App Store category pages! Comes with Ableton Link synchronization and Ableton Live Set Export. Machinedrum: "It's awesome, a lot of fun to work with and very easy to get something going. I love the sound presets too.“ Funkstörung:"Fantastic sounding, great fun to play with, a must have for live performances!" Palm Sounds: "I have to say that I've been completely impressed by this iPhone drum machine. In terms of sound, in terms of design, and in terms of functionality. It is amazing." Keyboards: „An extremely flexible beatbox with tons of character." CDM: "Finally, Your Pocket Gets a Perfect Drum Synth: Elastic Drums for iPhone." iOS Music&You: "Highly, highly recommended." Elastic Drums is a music app showcasing an interactive drum kit, that enables to create a huge range of rhythmic grids, ranging from classical analog drumkits up to experimental soundscapes. It contains six channels of high quality synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels. All important control parameters are automatable. The result: Elastic drum composition with a unique character! Features: - 6 synth channels with 13 different percussion synth engines (kick, snare, hihat, clap, tom, wobble, fm, fm4, square, grain, synth, drone, sampler) - 12 parameters for each synth engine - automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity - 4 send effect channels with 2x13 mono effects and 2x11 stereo effects - automation for all of the 8 possible effect parameters via xy pad - master effects (stutter, delay, compressor ...) - 16 step sequencer for the 6 channels, each with it's own tempo multiplier & length - record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare - email audio recordings and presets - Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support - Midi learn/Midi implementation of the most important parameters Because all sounds get generated in realtime, the app is cpu heavy! iPhones 5 and greater can handle it with no problem, on iPhone 4s effects 3 and 4 get switched off by the engine automatically to save some cpu power. iPhone 4 and iPad1 are NOT recommended! Elastic Drums is published by MoMinstruments, the instruments app label of Mouse on Mars and friends.




  • Okay, This Tears It!

    By BozoToo
    I have bought and tried several drum/rhythm/percussion arrangers in the iOS universe. This one TEARS IT UP!! Everyone else can go home. This is the most flexible “drum machine” out there. I could go on too long about this, but let it suffice to describe its major distinguishing features. First EVERYTHING, every knob tweak and setting can be recorded into the pattern. And ALL of those live changes will play back exactly as recorded. This give you the abilty to alter the sound of each instrument from subtle variations to drastic changes in real time. And there are so many possible parameters that this makes ElasticDrums (ED) incredibly flexible and you can create a huge number of variations in each pattern. Moreover, each pattern can have its own instrument assignments AND all those recorded knob-twiddlings which apply to everything from basic volume settings to FX levels and changes. It is so flexible that each pattern can actually be a totally separate and different piece of music, if you want, especially when you throw in all the live-performance bits including the very useful “jam” feature which lets you perform on this ap in real time in very creative ways. Second, the workflow is very familiar to anyone used to using synthesizers. Sounds are drawn from acoustic and electronic samples and tones synthesized within ED itself. Synthesizer elements like Envelope Generators and Filters abound. While there is a sizable library of different samples, the ability to load your own samples into the sample library is essential and ED gives you a lot of control over the sample variables once loaded into an instrument slot. Third, the workflow is also very clear and obvious while still being very flexible. It does not lock you into one way of working. Fourth, there are several VERY useful features. One is the ability to set each row in the sequencer to its own time frame. Not only can you set the number of steps within the larger phrase, you can multiply and divide the phrase length itself, PER EACH INSTRUMENT, in each pattern. This is HUGE because it allows you to create VERY long phrases WITHIN shorter ones or vice-versa. Fifth, on my iPad Pro, ED is very responsive and fast. It responds instantly. I have not noticed any lags or delays in performing any of its diverse functions. Improvements? I wish it had more than 6 instrument rows. That problem is mitigated somewhat by the afore-mentioned phrase-length feature combined with all those other variables. Taken together with all these features you can create the impression that there are MANY more instruments being used in your composition. But at any given moment a maximum of 6 sounds are possible. So it is difficult to not want MORE instruments per pattern. The program has four FX channels, which is great; but you can effectively only use two at a time. I wish we could use all four FX chanel’s simultaneously. Despite these vague short-comings, this is by far THE MOST versatile and musical “drum machine” I have ever seen, including all the hardware units. It is more like an actual musical instrument than it is a “machine”. You cannot do better than ElasticDrums. I don’t think anyone will top this ap anywhere in the near future. Buy it!
  • Oops lost my song again

    By hi fi Cary
    Can’t walk away from my ipad pro because it will just go away. I like it as a drum machine sequencer and a lot more but its not dependable plus 360 mb app on my ipad and i have not made a song yet!? By now i am used to apps that automatically save esp when i don’t even close them and just walk away for maybe 15 - 20 minutes , so now i am going back to dm1 and beat maker.
  • Just getting started

    By pinkydisco
    So, I got this app and a few of the IAP’s (next is ‘import sample’) and then didn’t use it for a while. At first, I don’t even know why but I thought it was hokey. Honestly, I had yet to figure out the velocity function (this is now huge for me, in other apps too, much like LFO) and wasn’t impressed with the layout or even the sounds. Fast forward to about a month ago and I’m digging deeper. I really was looking for more organic sounding drums but have found that the sounds this app is capable of is extremely versatile. And I’m sure once I acquire the import IAP I’ll be totally addicted. I’m really just getting started with this app even though I’ve had for quite some time. I give it 5 stars simply because there is so much more to it than meets the eye.
  • Sounds disappointing

    By Doorweller
    Good functionality, sounds pretty lo-fi. Doesn’t work with garage band.
  • 💚

    By sally bowls
    The best drum synth for iphone.
  • Brilliant, powerful

    By Wįll
    Easy mayhem, great sounds. What's not to like?
  • Favorite App

    By Dbdgdpg
    This app has managed to keep me engaged with it on a daily basis for months! changed the way I do music, start using it!!! *some bugs happen at times but they DO try to fix them quickly.
  • Underrated - This is a Gem!

    By wareismike
    I’ve recently gotten back into Elastic Drums and find myself amazed at how little I had thought about it compared to what it does. This app truly lives up to its tagline “The Flexible Drum Machine”. My goodness, you can do everything with this! Everything from Electribe drum and sampler type madness to old school 808 and even plain ol’ acoustic rock drumming. There’s an amazing array of useful synths and most importantly a good sampler which you can build your own kits with. The power available here easily outshines 1000’s of dollars of equipment, and all in a nice neat package. Sure, there are some in-app purchases needed to really leverage all the capabilities, but they’re reasonably priced and help keep the development going. Developers gotta feed their families too. The iPhone interface is surprisingly well thought out too. Highly recommended!
  • More serious than you think

    By Awesomely me app
    I've popped for a bunch of drum machines on the App Store, looking for the one that feels like hardware, that feels pro, that inspires. This is it. No matter the genre your into, this app kills it. And if your looking for an app to turn you into autechre, you won't find it... but, Elastic drums will give you the best head start. BUY IT NOW!
  • A whole lot more than mere 'drum machine'...

    By Ronzlo
    When I first installed the app I was more than a little intimidated by all of the control and extraordinary feature set it has. Recently something kickstarted a learning phase and I started diving deeper into apps and programs that I use regularly, Elastic being one of them... and holy moly, am I ever glad I did. 1) You can make entire tunes with this: it does more than just drums. In fact, the synths and sampler could be used to create EVERYTHING for a song. Be prepared to get experimental though, because there's no generic keyboard to control pitch - that's handled by knob tweaking, so the results are more organic and chaotic [to my ears] than something played on a 12-tone interface (anything borrowing from piano key layout). 2) The live performance feature set is crazy: this app was obviously designed with live performance in mind as much as anything else. The sequencer & song arrangment views are set up in such a way that you could play a very dynamic live set with it, plus the syncing and export options... yeah. 3) Responsiveness of the devs: a little while I found a very minor bug and contacted the dev team with info. Received a reply within 12 hours, a little more discussion took place, and the fix has already been submitted for next release. If everybody had a turnaround time like that, what a world we'd live in... Honestly, the original term applied to Roger Linn's first box - a "drum computer" would be a far better designation for Elastic. There are a ton of generic 16-step drum emulators and even a few novel takes like circular interfaces and whatnot, but Elastic is fast becoming a mainstay. Integrated Ableton Set functionality means I can shoot ideas over to collaborators effortlessly, and its integration with other music iOS apps like Aum is among the best I've seen. Three thumbs up and five stars! :)