Finger tap your solos with Drum Kit

Aug 28, 2009
Music

If you’re a table-top drummer, or smack the steering wheel to the rhythm of the car stereo, you’ll want to download Drum Kit Lite. Drum Kit Lite gives you a realistic sounding kit to test your drumming chops. However, the touch sensor isn’t entirely responsive so trying anything more complex than a simple rhythm will […]

If you’re a table-top drummer, or smack the steering wheel to the rhythm of the car stereo, you’ll want to download Drum Kit Lite.

Drum Kit Lite gives you a realistic sounding kit to test your drumming chops. However, the touch sensor isn’t entirely responsive so trying anything more complex than a simple rhythm will leave you wanting more. The drum kit provided is a standard six-piece kit with four cymbals. The sounds are great, but the ability to actually drum along with your favorite songs is going to be difficult.

The full version of Drum Kit is much better for someone with some drumming experience. You can record tracks, get a metronome to keep you on beat and change the sounds of the drums by switching between kits. Another cool feature is that you can play the kit to your favorite songs from the iPod on your device.

With either version, however, it is hard to play very fast. A real-life drum kit is spread out, so trying to tap out complex beats is difficult on such a small screen. While the drum heads and cymbals are responsive to a degree, doing a fast fill usually ends up sounding off beat and full of holes.

Anyone who expects to be able to just sit down at this digital kit and play like John Bonham will be disappointed. But after a little bit of practice in getting your fingers to move simultaneously (almost like typing) you can come up with some cool stuff to impress your band mates.

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Matthew Hendrickson

Matthew Hendrickson is a freelance writer and Editor and Chief of Jettison Quarterly. He lives in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and has a degree in journalsim from Columbia College. He has written for the Chicago Journal, The Chicago Reporter, and ChicagoTalks.  His three-part story about lead poisoning rates in Chicago was featured at Propublica.org and IRE.org.

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