Ratatap Drums ($1.99) by mode of expression, LLC is a drum and beat app that not only features many pre-made sets but also allows for almost complete customization. It includes loop recording, iPod integration, metronome and is universal .
Hundreds of apps become available for iOS every day. Even the most vaulted and promoted titles often find themselves drowning in the App Store after only a few weeks. I think it is safe to say that it is only getting more difficult to stand out, especially within already crowded genres.
And then an app like Ratatap Drums comes along.
It won’t take long to fall in love with the way the drums respond with each touch- symbols dancing different directions each time, stars flying with every sound and the sound varying ever-so-slightly from one beat to the next. Soon you are tapping your fingers on the glass with all the furor of an accountant on her keyboard in April.
Then you see the metronome. Then the record button, then the loop button, then the iPod integration.
And then, just when you think you have found the drum app you have been looking for all along, you find out that every drum set can be customized and rearranged any which way you would like. And, on top of that, you can change the sound of each drum and even record your own sounds for each drum.
By this time it is only expected that you would be able to upload your tracks for others to rate and listen to and rate others tracks along with downloading their custom kits. You start your beat and can add to it by using the recording button and the loops. If the drums aren’t in the right locations you can adjust them and change the sound for each one. You can save your drum kit for future use. Once you get your set and your sound just right, upload it and see what others think of it.
I did experience two times that it crashed on my Verizon iPhone 4 when I was trying to download some of the longer user-uploaded beats but the developer has informed me that they are working on this issue.
I have tried several drum apps and have been impressed by varying degrees by them but I would be somewhat surprised to find one that exceeds what I have seen with Ratatap. No, I haven’t tried all of them so I cannot guarantee that this is the best but fortunately you can try this one risk-free with the lite version and find out for yourself.
Sound off in the comments if you have found a better one.
Essentially, Ratatap drums is exactly what you need and whatever you want it to be, all at the same time. It is the complete package and absolutely fun at the same time. If you are into music or percussion, this app is a must buy.