If you’ve been looking for a virtual drum set that lets you tap whatever objects are at hand to play a four-drum kit on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, well, that’s a pretty amazing coincidence. TableDrum is on sale right now for $1 in iTunes — a 75 percent savings off of the usual price.
As the above video shows, this one-of-a-kind app asks you to train it by tapping on any four objects, so long as they make sounds that are distinct from each other. You could assign the sound of a pencil hitting a glass to the snare, your finger hitting the table to the high-hat, and so on.
You get a standard kit for free and additional ones cost $1 apiece, allowing you to transform your table tapping into a wide array of sounds. You could even use this to play live over speakers, but that’s liable to introduce interference; for best results, you’ll be using headphones. It’s a neat trick, and it even worked pretty well in a crowded, noisy Manhattan coffee shop.
If all of this sounds like a lot to figure out, don’t worry: TableDrum includes the most stylish in-app tutorial we’ve ever seen, rendered in a comic-book-noir style, to get you started.
Play the drums in a whole new way; anytime, anywhere and on anything!
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Placed in New and Noteworthy in over 100 countries.
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148apps.com gives it 4.5/5 stars:
"..., this app is simply too fun and too ingenious to ignore. The interface is great and it sounds amazing when let loose."
TableDrum is the Augmented Audio application that allows you to sync the sound of any real object and trigger a real time response of high quality drum sounds.
You can now build your own drumset from practically anything. Drum applications where users tap the screen are things of the past. This is the future!
Take it to the streets, show your kitchen table who's the boss or simply let your stuff feel the rhythm.
With the TableDrum application the world is now your virtual drum set. You can sync the sound of basically any real object to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and link it to high quality drum samples of your choice.
Included in the app is the Classic Rock kit with 8 high quality drum samples. By expanding your sound library with the Ethno & Jazz kit and Electro and Glitch kit you can get access to another 32 high quality sounds to play with.
Some things to get started
Gear up with a couple of pencils and some office supplies, each one with unique acoustic characteristics, to drum on!
Use headphones for best result.
To link a drum to a real physical object
1. Hold down a drum pad until it starts glowing.
2. Release and tap a real physical object several times (4-8) while the light fills the circle.
3. When the linking process is done, the rim of the pad will glow.
The app recognizes sound, so for the app to work at its best, the sounds you link should be different and distinguished. While you are playing, hit the object the same way as when you linked it.
To unlink a drum
1. Hold down the drum pad for one second. The rim stops glowing and is unlinked from the real physical object.
Join the beat!
Works with iPhone 3GS, iPod 3, iPad 1 and 2, iPhone4.
Devices without a built-in microphone require an external microphone to use the Augmented Audio linking.