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iDrum lets you rock out like Animal on your iDevice for $70

iDrum lets you rock out like Animal on your iDevice for $70

If using almost any surface as an instrument to drop some beats is out of the question, Dream Cheeky’s iDrum might be a decent second choice. The rechargeable, seven-piece drum kit connects to any iDevice running iOS 5 or higher via Bluetooth and rings up at $70. Despite a roughly 9.5- by 12-inch form factor that doesn’t exactly look bomb-proof, Dream Cheeky assures us that it “can withstand a right good smashing.” That hardware pairs with the free Sound System app so you can release your inner Timbaland by tapping along with pre-recorded songs or creating, recording, and playing back your own jam sessions. And, if you need a break from working in your beat laboratory, the company plans to release Dream Cheeky Arcade apps so you can get your game on. If you’re itching to break into a digital drum solo, you can pre-order now and expect to see it ship to your abode on May 31. In the meantime, a video of the iDrum in action awaits you after the break.

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Real Drums 4.4 – Turns Your iPhone into Professional Drums

[MobilePRwire] – iPhoneXCoder has announced new version Real Drums 4.4 for iPhone and iPod touch. Real Drums turns any iPhone or iPod touch into professional drums. Easily set instruments and sound kits from the application menu. Real Drums was developed to give you the best sound performance with no latency. Real Drums features 10 sound-set and types of drums, including bongos and special kitchen drums made with real kitchen pots and pans. Start iTunes and play along to your favorite songs.

Do you wish to surprise your friends and enjoy with them by playing drums and also other percussive instruments (such as bongo)? “Real Drums” is the application for you.

With Real Drums, you can play:
* 10 types of drums (more coming soon!)
* Bongo
* Special Kitchen Drums – made with real kitchen instruments

Sounds are taken from the original instruments. The user can easily set instruments and sound kit (6 drum kits) from the application menu. Real Drums is developed to give you the best sound performance and no latency, for the best experience. Real Drums is localized in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

In this version:
– improved user interface
– improved responsivity, for best music experience
– support for iOS 5.0 devices
– minor bugfix

Best method to use RealDrums:
* Start iTunes application
* Choose your preferred song and play it
* Start Real Drums
* Enjoy, and play your best songs

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (Tested for iOS 4.0 and 5.0)
* 8.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Real Drums 4.4 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) for a limited time only and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. There are also an iPad (Real Drums HD) and a Mac version (Real Drums for Mac) available. And now there is also a Real Drums PRO version, by which you can customize every single component of your drums.

iPhoneXCoder is a privately held company established by Roberto Travagliante. Copyright (C) 2011 iPhoneXCoder. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Read the full press release at MobilePRwire.com