If you want only one Drum Machine, it can be this one.
Why? First, because of the huge Drum kits ibrary available for free within the App or from the Cloud, and this is not so usual… secondly for all the available features. Some are usual for a Drum Machine and must be presents especially if it is the only one you have. Import Audio, Midi implementation with a Midi learn feature for most of all parameters. A separate output for the 8 instrument ‘s tracks (IAA & Audiobus). Automation for most of the parameters. 2 Aux Delay & Reverb, plus a Distortion and an EQ. A Song Mode mode too. A song mode with a terrific UI! I've never seen that in another App before. Here you have a Timeline and a grid… you can set the length of your patterns as you like, add a “hole” too. Change the order of the Pattern as you like… it’s a real song mode. Why it’s top? Because usually when we start to work on a music, we start with the Drum. Most of the time the structure of our song will change until the final mix. With Patterning : Drum Machinr, it’s not a problem. It's fast. (Usually, I use to record a Drum pattern to my Daw, then work on my song and at the end, I record my final Drum track with all the fills, breaks,… I think that it's the first time that can imagine to use a Drum Machine from the beginning to the end in sync mode). This is awesome but this is not the only awesome feature… the Pattern panel: here, a Circle grid for each of the 8 Instrument's track. A track can be played in the counterclockwise direction. The grid can Rotate too (set the number of steps you like to be rotated at the beginning of the next bar). A probability mode in the layer panel. The Polyrhythm feature. (All tracks can be set to a different number of steps and be played at the speed you like). An echo mode for the pencil (check out the tutorial below or the video demo). A chock mode. Also, I love the buttons which allow you to copy or add a new Pattern from this panel,… easy and fast.
OK, I stop here and will conclude. Patterning is an unconventional conventional Drum Machine. It allows you to do all the things you like in studio or stage. It allows you to work fast in all situations. Perfect! A Killer App, a Must Have!
Review by Ed