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Alesis and Apple iPad join forces…Are they?

Can the Apple iPad (or iPad 2 for that matter) be used as an edrum module? I say yes. Two developments have happened that made me believe that now is the time for an iPad base drum module. The first development was the release of the Alesis I/O Dock. Basically it is a pro audio dock for the iPad. It adds features to the ipad like audio inputs, audio outputs, video outputs and midi I/O ports. The second is Apple’s release of the new iPad 2. Though the iPad could have made for a decent drum module, the power of the iPad 2 makes it easier for more edrum features to be included in the device.

The picture above is a mock-up of what this iPad drum module might look like. Though the mock-up is shown as an Alesis product, it could be just as easily a Roland or Yamaha product. I’m also showing FXpansion’s BFD running on the ipad in the mock-up as well just to give an idea of what the software might look like on the iPad itself.

Is Alesis working on something like this? I’m not 100% sure. You can make that judgement for yourself. Here is a link to a topic over at DMdrummer.com that I started on the same subject and you can read the comments and decide for yourself.

Super Secret Alesis DMdock drum module?

Let me know what you think about the idea of an Apple iPad based edrum module. Is it worth doing? Will people buy it? Comment and let the world know what you think.

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  1. rockexpert

    Hmm seems kinda cool but if i had a laptop i could just use that it really depends on the features like dual zone 3 zone latency stuff like that but It be worth a try and cool with a quick built kit like the yamaha dtx that folds up that be cool other than that im not too interested

  2. Normally I don’t allow links like yours, but since I like the topic I’m posting it. Thanks for the information. I look forward to following your progress.

  3. Yeah,sorry, I guess that was not a pleasant kind of link, but I thought it was still interesting to note the fact that it is a concrete idea on which I am working and not a mock-up . Unfortunately I could not finance the project with Ulule, but I’m going to work anyway. Thank you for your trust, the next time I send you an email before send a “unpleasant” link.

  4. rockexpert

    That’s a great idea :)

  5. I have a little news on this. But before I post the link I prefer to have the authorization, but I can not find your email to ask …

  6. Your last link was fine, so go ahead and post away. :) Thanks for contacting first. I can’t wait to see what you post.

  7. Ok,I started working on the idea of ??connecting microDRUM – iPad. For now I only have a iPhone and I used an application already on AppStore:


    Audio taken from the webcam is very bad, and, of course, the software used does not allow you to configure the microDRUM but the speed of response is encouraging. Soon I will begin to develop the official microDRUM application , I think to start with a SFZ file reader …

  8. I wanted to announce that I have published the first app for iPhone / iPad dedicated to a real drum :


    For now, this app does little but I’m already working on support for SFZ files.

    I gladly accept suggestions!

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