New iPad Drum Machine App, Diode-108

diode-108-drum-machineVibrant Digital Engineering has introduced Diode-108 – a new drum machine app for iPad.

Diode-108 comes with a variety of built-in vintage, classic, and acoustic kits, but you can also mix and match the samples provided or import wav files to create your own kits.


  • Drag and drop effects let you put effects on individual beats!
  • Drum kits licensed from respected partners. Dubsounds, Samples From Mars, Orange Tree Samples, and 99Sounds.
  • 16 drum voices with unlimited patterns that you can arrange into your own songs
  • Each pattern can have its own swing and tempo multiplier
  • Every voice has PER BEAT control of pan, volume, tone, pitch, decay, compression, and distortion, delay, and reverb.
  • Turn NOTE MODE on for any voice and control the musical note (up or down an octave from the original pitch). Great for basslines or pitched percussion
  • Wav sample import
  • Mix and Match kits (easily substitute any sample in any kit). Want an 808 kick in a 909 kit? No problem.

Here are the official demos songs for Diode-108:

Diode-108 lets you export your songs as wav files to SoundCloud, DropBox, or iTunes, or send them through Audiobus to other apps on your iPad.

Diode-108 is available now for US $5.99 in the App Store.

If you’ve used Diode-108, leave a comment and share what you think of it!


16 thoughts on “New iPad Drum Machine App, Diode-108

  1. I already own Beathawk, boom 808, boom 909, DM1, D-Pad, Drum Jam, Elasticdrums, Impactor, iMPC, MoDrum, Molten and S4-RComposer…
    Do I really need another one..?
    Bought it anyway 😉

    1. Samples must be 44.1k (for now) wav files. Each of the 16 drum voices is mono. Stereo samples can come in, but just one of the channels is kept (I believe the left).

      Decay is called Gate. You can set it per voice, and also override that value per step (so your cymbal can be 3 seconds on one hit and a fraction of a second on the next hit, if you like). You can also force the volume down to zero on any step. It’s fun to play a long sample and play with the volume and pan per step.

  2. It’s a little rough around the edges but it has some interesting features. The dev is active on the audiobus forum and open to input.

  3. Version 1.1.0
    Now has MIDI in and MIDI sync.
    There are lots of tutorial videos.
    You can share kits (zip file format).
    3 New Special Effects
    Support for AudioShare and AudioCopy

    Version 1.2.0 (in review)
    Choke groups (full 16×16 choke grid)
    Song In/Out markers that let you work on any group of patterns
    Microphone sampler input

    Plus an active user base making songs and sharing them:

    And even some interesting use of the pattern view:

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