Who doesn’t like to improvise a beat on a table right? I bet you’re often taping away. The idea of an app that translates physical hits on a surface into drum sounds isn’t a new one. In fact, Impaktor has been doing exactly this since 2012. The next thing that I’m aware of this was Mogees, a specialised contact mic and app combination. But that’s not to say that there isn’t room for another app to do the same. So along comes AAS Objeq.

AAS Objeq transforms beats and taps on a surface to sound closer to a real percussion instrument, or at least that’s the claim. It does this with the help of your device’s microphone and a pair of headphones. According to the developer, you can get tones reminiscent of congas, bongos, djembes, or any other resonant thing.

AAS Objeq offers beam, drumhead, and plate resonator types which you can customize via pitch, material, decay, and tone controls. Mix in your original signal and tweak until you hear something you like—slide dots, experiment.

AAS Objeq also works as a plug-in in any AUv3 (Audio Unit v3) compatible DAW such as GarageBand, Cubasis, Auria, and AudioBus 3.

AAS Objeq is available on the app store and costs $3.99: