New app Beats+ wants to put a portable drum machine in your pocket. Available December 15th for $0.99 from Ninebuzz Software, the download offers over 50 preprogrammed rhythms, if not a proper replacement for your deadbeat drummer.
Accessible from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the application contains more than 50 drum loops in multiple genres and is designed specifically for portable practice sessions. Using one-touch controls, performers are able to select jazz, swing, pop or hard rock percussion and then play over it on the fly. Tempo and speed can be adjusted via touch-command to fit track pacing, or users can choose from a randomly queued playlist.
Beats+ intends to be a time-saving solution for band practices and impromptu jam sessions, and the app may provide a more portable and affordable alternative to other hardware options. Limited catalogue notwithstanding, it costs little to try – and it may save some hassle the next time a certain bandmate staggers into practice an hour late, smelling of Jameson.