DM-1 Drum Machine Released for Mac OS X

Fingerlab has released it's previously iOS only Drum Machine software for Mac OS X.

I have had the iPhone version for awhile and have only tinkered with it. Hoping to get into the OS X version and really learn how to create realistic drum tracks and then possibly that will lead to some advanced tinkering in the iOS version.

According to their description on the Mac Appstore 

DM1 for OSX is fully compatible with DM1 for iPad, you can share files between them.

Here is a list of the apps features:

DM1 is an advanced Drum Machine. It turns your computer into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 86 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.

With Midi In & out, DM1 is ready to fit your digital audio workstation.

As electronic musicians ourselves, we, at Fingerlab, have developed DM1 with the intention of delivering the perfect mix between fun playability and powerful sonic capacities. We always keep in mind the importance of a beautiful design with the right balance of powerful abilities while avoiding clumsy, overbusy interfaces. 

Check our 86 electronic drum kits. 20 classic vintage drum kits plus 66 in-house produced electronic kits, edited and mastered at Fingerlab professional studio.

DM1 offers 5 main sections:

1 - THE STEP SEQUENCER Just turn on and off steps in your sequence to create cool beats, or unexpected rhythms!

2 - THE DRUM PADS simply lets you play and record the beat that tickles your fingers on the keyboard. No need to be a first-class drummer, automatic quantize does the work for you.

3 - THE MIXER for quick and subtle sound mixing of your drum kits. Featuring settings for volume, pitch, pan, sample length, custom drum kit element for each channel, mute and solo mode.

4 - THE FX TRACKPADS a creative duo of FX trackpads to distort, modulate and transform your beats. The effects include: Overdrive, Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Dalek, Formant, Resonant Filter & Compressor.

5 - THE SONG COMPOSER allows you to quickly make a song with the beat patterns you have created. Just drag and drop the patterns onto the timeline. Fast and easy.

DM1 for OSX is fully compatible with DM1 for iPad, you can share files between them.


• DM1 The Drum Machine for iPad winner Apple design Award 2012
• Fullscreen Retina Display 
• Smart ergonomy for fast creativity and fun 
• 86 vintage and produced drum kits, mastered at in-house Fingerlab Sound Studios
• import your samples and create your own kits
• Mixer with pitch, length and level rotary controls, pan controls, and custom drum kit per channel 
• Automation Panel for a precise and intuitive control of any Mixer parameter over time 
• Automation recording for FXs
• FX Trackpad for real-time sonic destruction and multi-FX 
• Time signatures
• The Randomizer tool
• Extra fast drum kit loading 
• Playable pattern selection for extra creativity 
• Mode song with intuitive editing 
• High-quality export 
• Full Midi Implementation 
• Import & Export your song project 


Wanted: Local iCloud Backups

The move towards the cloud is making it easier to get all of your data on all of your devices with little to no effort.

For the purpose of getting your contacts, calendars, bookmarks, reading lists, reminders, and notes on all of your devices, Apple's iCloud just works, as advertised. This has at least always just worked for far.

I have completely switched my devices over to iCloud to let it manage this data, but I have been nervous ever since I turned it on. The fear is that I may wake up one day, open my contacts and there is nothing there. The same goes for all of the personal data I listed above.

All of these items could be manually backed up, but that would be time consuming and most likely something that you would easily forget to do.

It would be nice if Apple allowed users the ability to automatically download backups of these databases with the flip of a toggle switch. Having the ability to download a backup of this data, and allow it to save two or three revisions of that database would definitely make me feel more at ease with having my data in iCloud.

Even if Apple had been successful with all of it's attempts at online services, which everyone knows they have not, I would still be as leery with fully trusting that they would be able to protect this data forever.

For now I will just have to set reminders, and hopefully not be too busy to follow the process to manually back this data up so that I could restore it in the future if need be.