In a studio, very often it isn’t about endless racks of gear so much as the handful of items you most love. So, amidst a sometimes overwhelming flood of iOS apps – and, frankly, some of them quite disposable – a few stand out.
The DM1 drum machine seems especially deserving of the coveted Apple Design Award it won this month at WWDC. The UI design by Jonas Eriksson is textured and detailed without being overly slavish to hardware. The app itself makes a great argument for turning to the iPad for your drum machine rather than dedicated hardware. Before you start throwing tomatoes: I can think of any number of terrific used drum machines that now will set you back US$100-200. But unless you have a big budget for something like a Tempest, software is a pretty compelling alternative to the newer boxes. The iPad restores some of the appeal of standalone hardware, getting you away from your computer screen with something that you can relax with in an armchair or on a bus, but that still integrates with your studio – including other hardware and that computer. [read]