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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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Hi-hat splash, drop clutch and other things

After a long wait, we finally have a new update to the Aerodrums software. On PC, simply run the updater that was installed with Aerodrums. On Mac, go to the Aerodrums software page, enter your product key and download and run the v1.0.14 updater.

Some of the main changes in this update include:

  • Hi-hat drop clutch feature that allows you to set how open the hi-hat is when your foot is not on the hi-hat pedal.
  • The ability to “splash” the hi-hat by tapping your foot half way.
  • Experimental cymbal choking feature where moving a stick into a certain position will cause cymbals to choke.
  • Support for ASIO (on Windows) and the ability to select which sound card to use.

Cymbal settings

A full list of changes is available here.

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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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Drummers trying Aerodrums at the London Drum Show 2014

Here is a video showing a few of the many drummers who tried Aerodrums for the first time at the London Drum Show.

For the first three drummers, you can hear live audio from the show floor. Then you can hear the audio the drummers could hear with the headphones. For the third drummer and the last three drummers, instead of using Aerodrums’ samples, we trigger XLN Audio’s Addictive Drums 2 sampler via MIDI. Thanks to XLN for letting us demo their sampler at the show!

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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 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 latest 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 to be released for Mac on March the 26th 2014

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 2014.

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.