Elastic Drums

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ANR Sonic Joy Award 2015




We are currently working on the implementation of a loop sampler which will drastically enhance the sound possibilities of elastic drums. Here is a very early video of the sampler:


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

– native screen size for iPhone 6, 6+
– 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://audionewsroom.net
– http://www.musicappblog.com
– http://www.keyboardmag.com
– http://soundbytesmag.net
– http://www.soundandrecording.de
– C’T 12/2015

– http://createdigitalmusic.com
– http://www.musicradar.com
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– 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


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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5 Gedanken zu „Elastic Drums

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  2. 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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