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.
We’ve finally put together a short video of drummers trying Aerodrums at our NAMM booth. Apologies for the sound quality, we didn’t record anyone’s performance from within the program. There was no time for this: people just sat and played for the first time. Plus we were true to our “quietest kit at NAMM” slogan: we had the tiniest sound system there…
For people who would like to purchase Aerodrums but have a computer below the initial requirements, we have released a patch to enable drumming on computers with slower graphics cards. This patch means you do not need a “dedicated graphics card” anymore. Please refer to the manual’s foreword for instructions on how to get patches and updates. We are now working on Mac and MIDI support and will announce availability dates soon.
Due to the apparent lack of rebound, drummers we talk to are often skeptical about how good it will feel to play Aerodrums compared to a real drum kit. We made this short video to show that existing hand techniques are readily applicable to Aerodrums.
The video features Conor Guilfoyle’s Doctor Beat drum solo, here is a video of him performing it. You can find a link to his transcription of the solo in the description of his video. (If you want to see how it looks in Aered you can click here.)
Thanks to the exclusive focus on drum notation, Aered’s interface is simple and straightforward: As you move your mouse cursor over the music, you see a real-time preview of what the notation would look like if you placed a note there, including automatic placement of rests, beams, stems, flags etc. You can therefore place notes with single clicks and be certain to achieve your musical intent each time.
Here’s a video overview of Aered. Starting from the 1:16 mark you can see the ease with which a drum part can be transcribed from scratch.
Aered is available for Windows PC. You can give it a try and, if you like it, purchase it for a price of your choice. (If you purchase it, the promotional blurb you can see in the top right in the video goes away).
Aered’s main additional features are:
What you see is what you get interface
High quality audio playback
Export to PDF
Export audio playback to sound file
Import ASCII tab files
Fluid rendering, letting you smoothly pan and zoom anywhere
If you were intrigued by our live music transcription demo, please note that this first version of Aered does not yet contain the ability to automatically transcribe music drummed with Aerodrums. We are working on this feature and plan to release an update soon.
Aered will be able to use Aerodrums’ full set of high quality drum samples when used on the same computer.
We are thrilled to announce that we will launch Aerodrums at NAMM 2014. We are also a little scared as this will be our first NAMM. Here is a teaser video illustrating some of Aerodrums’ advantages:
You will need a Windows computer and a Playstation 3 Eye camera to run Aerodrums. It will be available on Amazon in the US and EU and cost $160 / €120 / £100. (The camera is available there too for between $6 and $30). A Mac version will be available later.
We will release more videos and details about Aerodrums in the run-up to NAMM.
In our old air drumming proof of concept the drum kit was fixed in space, like you’d expect a real drum kit to be. But we quickly realized that the motion capture studio made it very simple to attach the kit to the drummer (think multi-tenor marching band drummer).
We just had to make the system track a few markers on Richard’s belt to recover its position and orientation. Then we could place the drum kit relative to the belt.
Here’s a video of Richard doing some crab-like moves while drumming.
We think it would be fun for bands to use this to let the drummer perform like the other members, rather than stay seated, hidden behind a pile of hardware. Imagine AC/DC like stage antics where it’s the drummer having the fun.
That’s an idea for later though. Aerodrums isn’t going to let you jump around like this, but that’s a price we’re happy to pay to let you carry it in your backpack and set it up quickly in a small space.
At least if you use Aerodrums for a gig there won’t be a drum kit between you and the audience.
In the previous few posts we talked about why we decided to make a new music notation tool for drummers. As we are putting the finishing touches on Aered and getting ready to announce its release date, we thought we would list its main features before going into more details about them. Here is what Aered’s interface looks like:
In the top part of the screen is the layout pane, where you can review and format what the sheet music will look like on paper. The layout pane also lets you quickly navigate between bars to edit. Changes made in the editor pane are instantly reflected in the layout pane. Both the editor and layout panes are rendered using hardware accelerated graphics, letting you pan, zoom and visualize changes with a fluidity that is unique among the music editors we have used.
The left hand menu contains the input and output features. You can export your work to pdf for printing, and also import ascii tab files to convert them into music notation. You can load a mp3 or ogg music file and have it played back, synchronized with the drum track you are editing. Aered will play the drum part using high quality drum samples from Atelier Robin’s Natural Drum Kit library. In the future, you will also be able to input your music into Aered by drumming with Aerodrums.
In the next few posts we will illustrate the workflow of editing drum music with Aered through examples and videos.