Different Drummer is innovative touch music software for iPad that uses the innate rhythmic power of waves to control all aspects of music using our patent pending Cyclophone Technology. Since waves are the primal source of all cyclical motion in the Universe, it makes sense to tap into them for musical purposes other than synthesizers. Not only can waves create sounds, they can play sounds and compose music too. We feel we have discovered the "Fountain of Drumming" and we are sharing our discovery with the world! But make no mistake, Different Drummer does much more than play drums so it's more like a "Fountain of Music!"
While this app is definitely fun to play with, real production is what it's forsaving wave patterns and combining them into sequences and recording tracks, or as a live performance tool. It can also be used to inspire new ideas for drum patterns or rhythmic ideas for songs because, as you will find out, the variety of rhythms and melodies is truly endless. If you are serious about your rhythm tracks, Different Drummer is a must-have tool! Pros can use the direct MIDI out and MIDI sync features to use this to play complex musical wave patterns out to other synthesizers and drum machines on your iPad or in your studio.
The Power of Waves × 6 × 7 × 8!
The main saved module of Different Drummer is the Wave Set which is a collection of up to 8 Drum Waves, each of those composed of six Control Waves:
Note Wave: Changes the pitch of drums. You won't believe the difference "tonal" drumming makes to your productions. With Different Drummer you set the key and scale of your drums and can change it on the fly for enhanced impact. Many times drums are out of tune with the songs they are used in creating subtle harmonic dissonance. Different Drummer samples have been tuned to a key pitch and can be transposed with ease and locked into one of over 70 musical scales. Even using slight pitch variations takes your drums from black and white into color!
Rest Wave: Lets you create gaps in the drum pattern based on the interaction between a wave pattern and a line. The rest wave has a huge impact on the perceived rhythm since it determines where notes can play or not play.
Tie Wave: Lets you create rhythmic variations that tie drum notes together or break them apart based on waves. Tie waves have an intense effect on rhythms and are reliant on the wave's assigned beat-value that determines how fast or slow untied notes play.
Dynamic Wave: Lets you control the loudness or velocity of drum strikes creating a very human feel. Slower dynamic waves create crescendos while faster waves can create complex accents.
Panning Wave: Lets you control the left-right position of drums dynamically.
Beat Wave: Lets you change the fundamental beat value over time according to a wave pattern
Each of these component waves is composed of a Fundamental wave and 6 partials of that fundamental, making for an astronomical set of variables that allow you to dial in any rhythm imaginable and many more that are unimaginablethe whole point of Different Drummer. Nothing can replace a good live drummer, but Different Drummer will definitely inspire drummers to try new things and may even intimidate a few of them because it's hard to compete with the pefection of waves and mathematics.
1900's = Patterns and Loops
The Different Drummer 4 interface comes in two flavors: Advanced (shown below) and the more intuitive Zenterface* (shown above). The Advanced interface is broken into three main sections:
All aspects of Different Drummer are © Copyright 2017 Techné Media. All rights reserved. Patents pending.*Zenterface full save and record functionality requires in-app purchase but is unrestricted for playing around and testing.