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TableDrum iDevice app turns any surface into a virtual drum kit

TableDrum iDevice app turns an...
The TableDrum app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch transforms rhythmic tapping on just about any surface into real-time virtual drum sounds
The TableDrum app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch transforms rhythmic tapping on just about any surface into real-time virtual drum sounds
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Users can tap with sticks, pencils, pens or fingers and the app will register the sound and transform it into one of 40 percussion sounds chosen by the user
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Users can tap with sticks, pencils, pens or fingers and the app will register the sound and transform it into one of 40 percussion sounds chosen by the user
With the TableDrum app loaded on the device, users will need to grab household, kitchen or office objects, place them in front of the device's microphone and then associate a drum sound with the tap made on the cup, pot or table top
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With the TableDrum app loaded on the device, users will need to grab household, kitchen or office objects, place them in front of the device's microphone and then associate a drum sound with the tap made on the cup, pot or table top
Graphic detailing how the system registers and associates each tapping sound with a drum sample
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Graphic detailing how the system registers and associates each tapping sound with a drum sample
The TableDrum team brainstorming app designs
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The TableDrum team brainstorming app designs
The TableDrum comes supplied with a Classic Rock drum kit sample library
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The TableDrum comes supplied with a Classic Rock drum kit sample library
More percussion sounds can be added to the library - such as those in the the Ethno and Jazz kit or the Electro and Glitch kit
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More percussion sounds can be added to the library - such as those in the the Ethno and Jazz kit or the Electro and Glitch kit
The TableDrum app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch transforms rhythmic tapping on just about any surface into real-time virtual drum sounds
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The TableDrum app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch transforms rhythmic tapping on just about any surface into real-time virtual drum sounds
Users can tap with sticks, pencils, pens or fingers and the app will register the sound and transform it into one of 40 percussion sounds chosen by the user
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Users can tap with sticks, pencils, pens or fingers and the app will register the sound and transform it into one of 40 percussion sounds chosen by the user
Taking the TableDrum app designs and creating the app
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Taking the TableDrum app designs and creating the app
The TableDrum team brainstorming app designs
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The TableDrum team brainstorming app designs
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With a few notable exceptions, the fine art of tabletop tapping has been a purely non-digital experience for most people. Now, iDevice users can turn their rhythmic creations into real-time drum sounds, courtesy of the TableDrum app from Sweden's Dohi Entertainment. Rather than have virtual drummers tap out the beat on touchscreen icons, this app uses the device's microphone to pick out individual sounds made by thrumping on different surfaces, and allows the user to assign them to the various parts of a drum kit.

Who doesn't like to while away the odd moment or two drumming away on a table, desk or counter top? The Table Drum Augmented Audio application allows iOS device users to turn that acoustic finger pounding into digitized drum sounds, in real time. The developers say that just about any real world object can be used to generate the sounds needed to make up the four piece drum kit. Each virtual pad can be assigned one of 40 drum samples.

With the TableDrum app loaded on the device, users will need to grab household, kitchen or office objects, place them in front of the device's microphone and then associate a drum sound with the tap made on the cup, pot or table top
With the TableDrum app loaded on the device, users will need to grab household, kitchen or office objects, place them in front of the device's microphone and then associate a drum sound with the tap made on the cup, pot or table top

With the app active on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you need to grab yourself some household, kitchen or office objects that happen to be lying around and place them within range of your device's included (or external) microphone. The app recognizes the different sounds made by tapping each object with a pen, pencil or finger and each sound can then be assigned to one of the four drum pads on the screen - such as the top of an upturned coffee cup for the snare, the plastic casing of a computer mouse for the hi-hat or crash cymbal, the thud of a table top for bass drum, and so on.

"By altering sound through live interaction on an iOS device, TableDrum pushes the boundaries of table drumming" says Rasmus Larsson, Software Developer at Dohi Entertainment. "Users interact with objects in their surroundings, teaching the app their distinct drumming sounds, augmenting the input of up to four simultaneous sources into a complete drumming experience."

TableDrum - iPhone Drum Application

Unfortunately, at the moment TableDrum is a play only app - there's no facility to record your percussive creations, but that may change in a future update. It's available now from the iTunes Store for US$3.99 (at the time of writing, though, it can - for a limited time - be purchased at a significant discount).

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3 comments
EddieG
This is just what we need. Drums everywhere.
Gene Jordan
If this app were available for the iPad, it would make a great combo with the Logitech Tablet Speaker that was also highlighter today on Gizmag. Having said that: I can hardly wait to hear this app being used on public transportation. Hopefully, I\'ll have my video camera rolling to record iPhone \"drummers\" having their iPhones, stomped on, tossed off of the bus or shoved into uncomfortable spaces.
James Dugan
As a former drummer, I LOVE this....