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We are at the London Drum Show 2015

lds2015-logoWe are booth #180, right in front of the Drummer Magazine stand. Our main news for the show is a stand for the camera that makes it easier to replicate your set up when bringing Aerodrums somewhere new. We’re only showing a pre-production version, it will be available early next year.

We wish Harvey Mason a speedy recovery. We were looking forward to Harvey demonstrating Aerodrums at the show.

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Aered for Mac available now

The Mac version of Aered, our notation editor designed specifically for drummers, is available for download now. It requires a Mac computer running OS X 10.6 and up. If you try it and like it please consider supporting its development by purchasing it (for a price of your choice) and helping us spread the word with your fellow drummers.

Aered on Mac

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Potrillo video about Aerodrums

Potrillo is a drummer from Spain who resumed drumming thanks to Aerodrums after stopping 5 years ago. He just released a fantastic video about it. It is in Spanish with English subtitles, and very fun.

For the occasion, we are organising a draw on Twitter to promote the video and Aerodrums. There are 3 copies to win. You just have to retweet either of the following tweets and follow either of @Potrillo_nin or @aerodrums: English language tweet, Spanish language tweet. (The exact rules are in the description of the video.)

Thanks Potri!

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Using Aerodrums with MIDI drum samplers

Over the last couple of months, since MIDI support was added to Aerodrums, we’ve been testing it with various drum samplers and gathering the mapping files necessary to convert the MIDI notes output by Aerodrums to the notes that each drum sampler expects. We’ve put together a new page where you can download these MIDI mappings.

Supported samplers include:

  • Steven Slate Drums’ SSD4
  • Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2 and EZdrummer 2
  • FXpansion’s BFD3
  • Native Instrument’s Kontakt (with Studio Drummer)
  • XLN Audio’s Addictive Drums (1 & 2)

We also have some new tutorial videos on the same page explaining the steps necessary to get Aerodrums working through a DAW. Here is a short teaser:

We would like to thank Toontrack, Steven Slate Drums, Native Instruments and FXpansion for kindly giving us access to their products for testing with Aerodrums.

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We’re NAMM co-oddity of the year!

Thanks to Barry Wood for having dropped by our NAMM booth, it means a lot to us considering how thorough he is in his exploration of the show, and how much stuff is exhibited there. You can browse all this year’s oddities here.

In other news, a minor update to Aerodrums is available for download. It introduces a “Stage mode” that you can toggle from the home screen. While drumming in stage mode, the “Menu” button becomes a “Mute” button that is placed further away from the drums. When you activate and hit it, you can enable or disable drumming. This mode is meant for people who have requested the ability to mute the drums between songs while gigging.

The update also fixes a bug that affected some MIDI users whose MIDI setup is more complex than the basic Windows/Mac OS setup.

Next week, check the Aerodrums blog or the “aerodrumming” Youtube channel for our video about foot technique.

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Aerodrums now on Mac, MIDI release date announced

Aerodrums is now available for Mac computers as of today. Here are the requirements:

  • Mac computer from 2009 or later
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or up
  • Aerodrums box
  • Sony Playstation 3 Eye camera

You can purchase the Aerodrums box from Amazon.com in the US and Amazon.co.uk in the EU. (We are currently working on distribution in the rest of the world).

Once you receive the box, you will be able to use the product code that it contains to download the Mac software from the Software download page.

Please visit the Aerodrums product page to learn more about it.

MIDI

We are in the final stages of testing MIDI support in Aerodrums. The feature will be released as a free update on the 9th of April for both Mac and PC. It will enable Aerodrums to be used as a MIDI instrument and allow recording Aerodrums directly into a DAW such as Cubase or triggering samples from your favourite VST instruments such as Toontrack’s Superior Drummer.

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Aerodrums to be released for Mac on March the 26th

We’re putting the finishing touches on the Mac version of Aerodrums and we can announce that it will be released on March the 26th.

The software will be available for download on this website. The download will be free of charge for people who have purchased the Aerodrums box. If you want to be ready to go as soon as it is up for download, we encourage you to purchase your copy of Aerodrums a few days in advance so it has time to arrive.

Aerodrums on Mac

To see more “aerodrumming”, check out another cover posted by Richard.