Mapex launch drum masterclass for iPhone and iPod Touch

Mapex Drums

have fully embraced technology with a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Mapex Drum Masterclass is a ground breaking interactive drum teaching app. It will not only instruct you how to read drum music in a very accessible way, but encourages you to play out the drum patterns on the iPhone´s fully touch responsive screen, letting you practise and learn drum music on the move.

The application will teach you all the skills you need to drum with two main modes, Lesson and Drill. In the main Lesson mode, the program progressively guides you through the simple concepts of reading drum music with crib sheets and then gives you a practical demonstration of the drum lesson that follows. After that it will be your turn to discover how easy it is to learn to play drum music and practice the 32 carefully designed drum lessons at your own pace. A further 64 lessons are available for instant download; giving you scope to master some very advanced drumming skills.

In the Drill mode, you will quickly learn to sight read drum music as the application cleverly produces randomly generated patterns for you at eight different difficulty levels, so you will never run out of fresh patterns to practise.

The application lets you choose and customise six painstakingly sampled virtual Mapex snare drums, carefully selected from the acclaimed Black Panther range. This unparalleled flexibility lets you tweak the tone of the drum, and develop your own unique sound by controlling the tuning, dampening and snare settings.

The application will be sold exclusively through the Apple app store at a price of £2.99. For more information and support with the product please visit

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.