Drum Kit (Drums) free: Slappy Snares & Tight Hats

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Drum Kit (Drums) free offers us a free collection of drum kits. This time I will be reviewing only Hip-Hop and Classic since Metal and Electro are available in separate apps. But from what I have seen and finger-drummed, I can tell that this drum station is pretty promising.

From Hard Rock and Shuffle

This version of Drum Kit contains two sets: Classic and Hip-Hop. Classic kit is a canonical acoustic station with a satisfying sample selection. We have two basses, one snare + rim shot, three toms, closed/open HH and a variety of cymbals.

Sadly, the kit has no extra percs, which is always a bummer. But the sound selection is pretty solid, and the responsiveness of the kit is good as well. Unless you try to tap more than 4 elements at once — this will trigger unmerciful glitching and sound stuttering.

What was a pleasant surprise about the app, is that it has a neat mixer console. With it, you can regulate the volume of each element individually: from the bass drums to splash and china.

To Boom Bap

The Hip-Hop set is packed with old-school samples obviously borrowed from Roland-TR 808 and maybe 707 kits. Its anatomy is identical: two basses, snare, 3 toms. The kit sounds pretty good, almost like a legit beat-machine released sometime by the end of the 80s.

With its authentic samples, you can recreate drum patterns from Boyz-n-the-Hood by Eazy-E, Grandmaster Flash’s Message, Who Let the Dogs Out and almost any new jack swing song. And maybe Baby Got Back (if you try hard enough). Just like its classic counterpart, Hip-Hop set has a mini mixing console.

Like always, the app offers the recording feature, but no metronome. But if you’re dying to improve your sense of rhythm through unstoppable practice, you can load a drumless song to the app:

  1. Tap the MP3 icon in the top right corner.
  2. Select Load.
  3. Choose a music track or audio of metronome ticking.
  4. Put it on repeat for as long as you need it.

The volume of the mp3 track is also tweakable. Make it louder or decrease it a tad to focus on your technique, if it’s necessary.

Seemingly, your drum recording cannot be exported as an MP3 file. Instead, you can just play it in the app. So, if you’ve been looking for a session drummer lately, why not become one yourself?

Pros and Cons

Positives:
  • two drum kits;
  • mixing console;
  • recording feature;
  • good quality samples;
  • drum kit (Drums) free.
Negatives:
  • no metronome;
  • no step sequencer;
  • lack of exotic percussion;
  • annoying & loud interstitial ads.

Final Thoughts

This app is certainly a decent work. For free, you get two satisfying kits and a whole mixing console, which isn’t bad. You can use Drum Kit free as a simple drum machine or even as a budget and basic substitute for short life performance. Don’t get all crazy with triplets and stuff though. After all, it’s just a touchscreen.

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