Mobile pad bashing with the Melodics controller app

Mobile pad bashing with the Melodics controller app

Having left Serato to do his own thing, Sam Gribben has propelled his Melodics training software into the consciousness of budding finger drummers everywhere, thanks in part to his plethora of super skilled industry VIP buddies happy to get the word out. But it’s all well and good wanting to hammer the daylights out of whatever pad controller you have attached to your computer, but what about when you’re out and about? Fear not, for the Melodics Controller App for iOS gives you training on the go.

Words from New Zealand:

Introducing the Melodics Pad Controller App.

Auckland, New Zealand, June 14, 2016 – Pad drummers on the go have an exciting new tool at their fingertips.

If you don’t have a hardware pad controller, The Melodics Pad Controller App is the perfect way to get started with learning finger drumming. And if you do, you can now take your practice on the road.

“We’ve got tons of people use Melodics who don’t own a hardware controller”, says Sam Gribben, CEO of Melodics. “You can play with your laptop keyboard, but an iPhone or iPad is a much better experience. We’ve also had lots of people who do use midi hardware ask us for an easy way to practice when they’re away from their studio. The Melodics Pad Controller app is the perfect portable compliment to your hardware”.

“Our research shows that 5 minutes a day has much more impact than a longer session less frequently’, says Gribben “Having you practice rig with you at all times makes it much easier to get in your daily practice.”

The Melodics Pad Controller App is the first step towards making the Melodics experience entirely mobile. “Our long term plan is to be able to play Melodics on any mobile device” says Gribben.

The Melodics Pad Controller App connects to your Mac or PC via USB for ultra low latency. When not connected the app has 4 built in kits from some of our most popular lessons – just plug in your headphones and play! You can even play music on your device in the background and drum along over it.

DJ Jazzy Jeff has this to say about Melodics. “If you make beats, Melodics is like going to the gym for a workout!”. The Melodics Controller App makes that gym all the more portable.

About Melodics

“Melodics is part game, part beatmaking software,” says Gribben. “It’s fun and addictive and adapts to your abilities and musical taste to help you get better at pad drumming, faster.”

Created by former Serato CEO Sam Gribben, Melodicsis a product developed in partnership with artists to teach DJs, producers and performers the art of pad drumming.

Lessons are created by iconic artists such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Nick Hook, The Gaslamp Killer, Jeremy Ellis, Mark de Clive-Lowe, AraabMuzik, Eskei83 and more.

Rhythm and timing are central to music and how a track feels. They can be the difference between a repetitive four bar loop and one you can listen to all day. “For producers who step sequence or draw in drum programming, Melodics helps them work infinitely faster and have a more direct connection between the idea in their brain and the reality coming out of the speakers,” says producer and musician Mark de Clive-Lowe.

Melodics is free to download, and comes with 20 free lessons to get you started. Then subscribe for unlimited access to constantly updating premium lessons and content, including exclusive lessons from great Artists.

Available now on the App store –

Melodics on the go

Having only just got the news, and being busy with the new Worxlab, I have yet to try the app out. And despite being a dab hand at finger drumming, I’m keen to get cracking with the lessons. I must get a fully fledged pad controller from somewhere though. I’m fairly sure that I don’t have such a thing around right now.

One more thing — Sam said this:

“Our long term plan is to be able to play Melodics on any mobile device”

Even the Apple Watch? At first I was against the practicality of the idea that had popped into my head. But then I started tapping on my wrist as if Melodics was running on an Apple Watch (which incidentally for a self-confessed Apple lover I don’t own and have no plans to buy). And it makes sense, and could be a great way to develop killer timing in four screen pads with just one hand.