All iPhone and iPod Touch devices play music, but what if you could literally play music with your gadget instead of simply listening along?
With Drums! by iFantastic, users can do just that! Designed by industry professionals to replicate the actual experience of playing with a real drum kit, Drums! provides an extremely fun, intuitive interface that hardly takes any getting used to – just start up and go.
Users can choose from three different drum kits: Acoustic, Standard and Groove. Each set of drums and cymbals come labeled, simplifying accurate play with a 2D interface. Every drum and cymbal combines with such realistic sounds, you would honestly swear a real drum set was right in the very same room with you.
With the drum kit automatically set to landscape, users will see an icon at the top of the screen between the Splash and Crash cymbals that resembles a fast-forward icon. Tapping said icon will reveal the hidden buttons that help you get even more from your drum kit. For instance, tapping the ‘i’ in the top left corner will reveal what every other buttons indicates.
In the bottom left corner, users can sift through the three available drum kits, choosing whichever they like most. Whatever name is displayed will indicate which drum you have picked. Next to that are eighth note icons, which allow you to access one of Drums! most interesting features. The note icon to the right, which is also marked by a plus sign, allows users to create a song list using music directly from your iPod. You can add songs to your list, allowing you to play along with your favorite tunes. The icon to the left displays the songs on your current list. Up above, users will also find the typical iPod controls, allowing them to rewind, pause and fast-forward to more desirable tracks.
Drums! also boasts that the drums have rather low lag times, providing a accurate, responsive performance that rarely falters. And though I did notice a few instances where the sound would lag during faster beats, with the drums then all clashing at once, Drums! certainly does make good on their promise of providing the most realistic fake drum experience one could ever hope for on such a small scale.
Drums! [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.