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ANR Sonic Joy Award 2015


Elastic Drums wins ANR Sonic Joy Awards 2017:


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The basic idea for Elastic Drums was, to create an easy and fun in handling drum app, with a genuine sound, an instrument with its own character.
Elastic Drums works with drum synth modeling, so the the drum sounds are much more „elastic“ compared to the use of samples, most drum apps do so far. The sounds can be changed drastically and combined with a very flexible effect section Elastic Drums can be even a tool for sounddesign, not only for creating beats.
Analog originals would be the Korg Electribes for their ease of use handling and the recoding of parameters and Elektron Machine for it’s concept to have different switchable drum synth models for every sequencer channel.
Elastic Drums is designed and developed by Oliver Greschke, with contributions to Pure Data patching by Matt Davey. Graphic design by Carsten Schneider. Elastic Drums is published by MoMinstruments.



Instruments screen (iPad)


Arrange screen (iPad)


Effects screen (iPad)


Jam screen (iPad)


Elastic Drums is an iOS app with 6 channels of synthesized sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels, all tweak-able in an elastic way.

– 6 synth channels with 12 different percussion synth engines
(kick, snare, hihat, clap, tom, wobble, fm, fm4, square, grain, bass, drone)
– 12 parameters for each synth engine
– automation for each parameter via knob recording or velocity
– 4 send effect channels with 2×11 mono effects and 2 x 9 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 own tempo multiplier & length
– record audio and export to Soundcloud or Audioshare
– email audio recordings and presets
– iOS 8 supported
– Audiobus supported
– Inter-App audio (IAA) supported with transport control
– Midi start/stop/sync, Midi learn/Midi implementation of important parameters
– Ableton Link supported

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!

Plans for upcoming versions

– new sequencer features (rolls, etc.)
– new synth engines (other percussions, sampler, etc)


– iPhone version: out!
– iPad version: out!
– price: $ 14.99  
(Universal = for both iPad & iPhone apps together)


– http://www.factmag.com
– https://ask.audio
– http://www.keyboardmag.com
– http://soundbytesmag.net
– C’T 12/2015

Elastic Drums updated – Oliver Greschke’s brilliant iOS drum app goes universal

Elastic Drums Review: Automation Paradise on iOS

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– http://www.musicradar.com
– http://www.palmsounds.net
– http://www.musicappblog.com
– http://iosmusicandyou.com
– http://www.sequencer.de
– https://ipadmusiced.wordpress.com
– https://zlaurent.wordpress.com
– Beat 04/2015
– http://main.iosmars.com

Finally, Your Pocket Gets a Perfect Drum Synth: Elastic Drums for iPhone



Elastic Drums was rated as one of the best drum apps of 2015 on several websites:
– ANR: Sonic Joy Award 2015
– Music App Blog: Top 10 iOS music apps of 2015
– SoundTestRoom: Drum Apps 2015
– Musik Radar: 10 best drum machine apps



Version 1.7 comes with Ableton Link integration.
More about Ableton Link here: www.ableton.com/link/
Here are 2 video’s that show apps with Ableton Link in action:

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23 Gedanken zu „Elastic Drums

  1. admin Beitragsautor

    Any controller of your choice is possible. But to give some examples – a cheap one would be Korg NanoKontrol and Novation Launch Control XL has a great haptic feeling

  2. greg


    hey, it’s greg here, longtime user of the app. love it! what do you think are some good midi controllers to use with the app? any recommendations greatly appreciated. keep up the good work!

  3. admin Beitragsautor

    I just tried with a controller and I can not confirm, works great with mine. I guess the controller data you are sending is mal formatted, maybe you send Midi Notes instead of controller data? The knobs should get controller values between 0-127. Best, Oliver

  4. Jaasiel Rodriguez

    Hi, I’ve been enjoying the App.

    There’s only one problem I’ve been having, which is that on Midi Encoders, the Elastic Drums doesn’t take in the relative setting properly. When I set my encoders that way, the knobs in Elastic Drums only alternate between two values, and not a subtraction on the current value. Is this how it is supposed to work?

    I have an Arturia MiniLAB MKII, and my plan was originally to use it to control all of the knobs on each instrument while I messed with other things in other apps. So, I have the “Same controller for all instr” turned on.

  5. Holografik

    Hello i have this app for quite a long Time on my iPad.i don’t count the number of loops & samples i made for my hardware sampler & arrived on a Finished track with it.but please i dream on using it on my Android phone on the go. I don’t wanna buy an iPhone anymore. Please consider an Android version because since version 7 or 8 realtime performance were really improved. Thanks for your hard work.

  6. Guy Lagesse

    Hello, Before buying, your what seems a very impressive app, i would to know if it is possible to use an external midi controller (naokontrol or bluebox) to modulate in real time the sample start, end and length buttons ? I would need to be able to shift along a 10sec sample and tweak different parts of the sample.
    Thank you
    guy lagesse

  7. Marxon

    Hi Moinstruments Team,

    it would ne really nice if you make the pattern buttons from the arrange view also midi mappable 🙂
    Best regardsf

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  10. John Mannes

    Can’t get any sound through your app on my Bose Bluetooth Headphones on my iPad Air 2. Every other installed item including over 350 music apps works fine. Can’t use this item without Bluetooth and therefore requesting a refund. App looks great, did all the reading, been using synthesizers of every type for over forty years.
    Appreciate your assistance.
    Best regards,
    John Mannes

  11. David

    In Elastic Drums, can you set the frequency of a kick (sine wave) by the note value like G2 or by hertz like 52 hertz so that the kicks can be „tuned“ to the key of the song?

  12. admin Beitragsautor

    There are many video’s I made, showing how you have to set up Midi for Elastic Drums

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  15. Sarah Hartman

    Hi! I had a quick question. Since the update, it seems I cannot change the sounds of the individuals channels (I am only able to swap out entire presents rather then specific sounds within each preset). I am trying to import my own samples and when I try to copy them from Audioshare into elastic drums, there appears to be no place to select the sample. Please advise! Thank you so much! Love the app! -Sarah

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  18. Erik valeev

    Elastic drums is just a superb piece! Fantastic job! forgot about NI Maschine for almost a week now) ! But we have troubles on recording the result, is it possible to make this process a bit more user friendly, when you press a button and it records either one bar (a pattern) or a complete song and exports it? Now I get silence at the beggining of a file, or i send it to audioshare but its an empty file and so on…
    Thanks and congratilations on this app!

    Kind regards
    Eric Val

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