Impaktor: Finally, a real percussion instrument Review

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Finally, a real percussion instrument
I think that this has huge potential. To me, several of the reviews have missed the point. First of all, in my opinion, the virtue of this thing is precisely that it does NOT have an on-screen control widget; it uses the sound generated by drumming on a tabletop (or on real percussion instruments which you may already know how to play), an inherently analog and sensitive process which allows a natural access to dynamic range and timbral variation just not possible in tapping on a picture of a button on a glass screen. The app does, in fact, provide control of input sensitivity, and it's possible to tailor that to eliminate almost all false triggers. (If you're trying to make this work in a subway station, you're out of luck. Buy any of the more traditional "drum machine" apps.) I do understand and sympathize with the frustration of not being able to use Bluetooth headsets, but that's a tricky one... A set of through-the-air Bluetooth speakers looks just the same to the app, however, but would produce horrendous howling feedback loops which would result in horrendous howling ticked-off reviews. Still, it might be better to give people the rope, with instructions for not hanging themselves. (By the way, I have no idea why Bluetooth doesn't work; I'm totally guessing.) Finally, the claim that this is limited to only simple "beats" is... well, you need to get out more, and listen to the music which is made by hand drummers from all over the globe. An Indian classical tabla player just uses his hands and fingers to make some of the most complicated percussion music in the world, for instance. This app doesn't have the sensitivity of a piece of stretched animal skin, but it's the first thing I've seen which even comes close. I very much hope that Audiobus support is coming soon! I'd also like to see more real-world instrument samples included. The "Ethnic" kit is a good start, with a lot of useful sounds, but I'd love more Western orchestral percussion and trap set sounds, too. And finally, did I mention that I'm holding my breath waiting for Audiobus support? Oh yeah, and also add Audiobus! This app and Auria are just dying to make music together!
Tburgueso on Mar 13, 2013 for Impaktor
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Great promise but needs more
Right off the bat, this app is perfect for the price. However, it would be even better if it had bluetooth capability and iTunes file sharing. This will greatly improve my recording experience. Thank you, BeepStreet!
Sonic Bodhi on Mar 11, 2013 for Impaktor
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It's amazing but
right now, as said by another before, the audio does crack severely. also, there should be an option to turn off the microphone, which enables the triggering of the pads using our fingers. maybe each pad could then be an one-hit XY pad, to replace the modulation done using the mic? I can't use this app in noisy place which limits where I can play. everything else is impressive, especially the synth portion. above all, I do hope you guys resolve the cracking audio soon!
Phill Plong on Feb 16, 2013 for Impaktor
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Audio crackles severely. Completely unusable.
MoikK on Feb 12, 2013 for Impaktor
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Great but
This app is fantastic. Great sound quality and you can even tweet sound. This app has better deal than any other drum machine app. If the place is too noisy, go to setting and turn down the sensitivety. If you don't like the sound then tweek it. Need to use it on DAW? Record it and export it. This app has everything, and specially in $3 this is steal. Try it out. You won't regret it.
Akira Houjou on Feb 4, 2013 for Impaktor
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No Bluetooth
Right off the bat it doesn't work with my blue tooth headphones. Really? I have to carry two sets of headphones because beep street couldn't figure it out? I hate paying for half done apps that I can't use because some flaw isn't revealed! In its defense it showed great promise plugged in to my mixing board, but when it should of saved because I hit the 'save to disk' button and named it, it erased when I hit clear all..Erase all saved files? How can an app be so cool and so stupid? . Might be great but has unnecessary flaws and unintuitive design..
Gorgedog on Jan 28, 2013 for Impaktor
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