Reactable have consistently brought us innovation in the app world, and not restricted to iOS either. So in some ways it should come as no surprise that they bring us another very interesting app for both iOS and Android. Snap – Reactable Drum Machine is a free app on the app stores and looks like just the kind of thing you could play with for a long time without getting bored at all. I actually got a quick look at it with the developers as they were at the JUCE ADC today, and so was I.

Reactable thing that anyone from seasoned music producers to entirely casual users will get to grips with SNAP. According to their new app’s description, Snap “will help you create great drum patterns in any musical style, on the fly, with your fingertips”. We shall see.

They go on to say …

SNAP can also help you in the studio, by providing seamless variations of your patterns, under your complete interactive control. Program or load drum patterns, store your favorite variations, and export them to your DAW, all on a continuous and free-flowing loop/fashion.

SNAP is also a powerful tool for your live sessions, providing you with subtle or radical changes, from sudden drops to ecstatic crescendos, all fully and instantaneously controllable under your fingertips.

SNAP can communicate with your music apps, drum machines, DAWs and other musical equipment via MIDI OUT and Ableton Link. SNAP’s full integration with Native Instrument’s Maschine Jam, allows it to communicate bidirectionally to become its “drumming brain”. Compatibility with other control devices will be rolled-out progressively.

SNAP’s features:

  • 8 drum voices, each one with its own continuous density controller.
  • 4 different intelligent syncopation/reinforcement algorithms, independently selectable for each drum voice.
  • MIDI IN and OUT integration (Available as an In-App purchase).
  • Ableton Link synchronization support.
  • 8 snapshot slots for storing, recalling and updating drum patterns on the fly.
  • 16 specially designed drum kits
  • Sessions and patterns covering different styles to get you started right away.

For me, one of the most interesting features is it’s deep integration with NI’s Maschine Jam. As far as I’m aware, this is a first. What’s more Reactable say “Compatibility with other control devices will be rolled-out progressively”, and I’m very interested to see exactly what that roll out is going to look like.

Snap is on the app store now and is free, but with an IAP for MIDI: