Aerodrums can now output MIDI

That’s it, as of today you can download a free update that adds MIDI support to Aerodrums. This enables you to trigger any drum sampler, and to record what you drum into a Digital Audio Workstation. If you run Aerodrums and your sampler/DAW on the same computer, you have the advantage of eliminating latency related to external MIDI hardware.

On PC, simply run the updater that was installed with Aerodrums. On Mac, go to the software download page, enter your product code and select the MIDI update.

You can find more information about Aerodrums’ MIDI feature in the manual.

We have tried to stay close to the General MIDI specifications when deciding which MIDI notes to send. However, Aerodrums supports more notes than are planned for in General MIDI, such as additional drums or cymbals, or bow and edge articulations for the hi-hats. The MIDI mapping is described in this table in the manual.

This mapping works well out of the box with some drum samplers, such as Toontrack’s EZDrummer and Superior Drummer (in “E-Drums” controller mode), but other samplers will require manual remapping. We are working on creating Aerodrums specific presets for the most popular samplers: we have successfully tested Steven Slate Drums 4, BFD3, Addictive Drums and Kontakt 5 (with Studio Drummer). With the help of the community, we hope to eventually cover all samplers in use. Please go on the forum and let us know what sampler you use.

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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 Mac 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.

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Drummers trying Aerodrums at NAMM

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…

We’re sorry we don’t know everyone’s name, but here are the names we know in order of appearance: Pitti Hecht, Liberty DeVitto, Brad Davis, Cobus Potgieter, Jeremy Davis, Tony Snow, Victor Salazar, Casey Cooper and DJ Ravidrums. Thank you all for dropping by, it means a lot to us.

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.

Finally, Richard has posted another cover using Aerodrums and some footage from a jam he had when he met up with his guitar-playing brother after NAMM.

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NAMM montage for Aerodrums launch

We had a great time at NAMM getting dozens of drummers to try Aerodrums. It is now available.

Here’s a photo montage, thanks to all who dropped by! Your response was fantastic.

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Click on the picture to see it full size (you might recognize a few famous faces).

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What’s in the Aerodrums box

Aerodrums will be available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk on Monday the 27th (just after the NAMM show). Here is a look at the box and its contents:

Aerodrums box to scaleAerodrums box content

The box includes:

  • A pair of drum sticks
  • A pair of foot pieces
  • A pair of shin pieces
  • A USB light with lens to fit to the camera
  • A pair of paper sunglasses to protect your eyes from the light

In other news, check out the first in a series of covers drummed with Aerodrums.

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Aerodrums, air-drumming and rebound

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.)

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Aered, notation editor for drummers launched today!

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.

Get Aered 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.

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Aerodrums to be launched at NAMM 2014 (23-26 Jan.)

NAMM logoWe 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.

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Aered launching Friday the 10th of January

We are excited to announce that Aered, our sheet music editor for drummers, will be available for download on this website from Friday, January 10th, 2014.

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 will be available under a “pay what you want” pricing model.

In a few days we will post a teaser video revealing Aerodrums, our air-drumming instrument. Come back soon, you won’t be disappointed.

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