Roland gear is timeless in the realm of dance music. So the addition of yet another app simulating a coveted piece of Japanese music technology, trivial as it may be, is still more than welcome. The iOS app in question is EGDR606, and as you have probably guessed by the name, it’s an emulation of the Roland TR-606.
A percussion-generating compatriot to the notorious TB-303 bass synth, the 1982 drum machine has its fair share of fans, owing to its peculiar design and sound. The hardware has been faithfully translated onto the iPhone and iPad’s screen and features a 16-step sequencer with song mode. Swing and tap tempo controls let you shuffle up the rhythms. Each drum kit piece has independent parameter controls for tuning, pan, and volume. There’s also the Song Mode page for pattern chaining. It has Quick Edit mode for speedier adjustments.
Like most modern iOS apps, EGDR606 is pretty well-connected. It’s got Core MIDI and clock MIDI covered, as well as Audiobus, Ableton Link, and Inter-app Audio support. This gives you enough audio routing possibilities to integrate the drum machine with your setup and other musical applications.
The same developer, Eliott Garage, has also reproduced the Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines. You can learn more about that at his developer page in the App Store.
EGDR606 is available for Apple devices running iOS 9.0 or later. It costs $1.99. Grab it from the App Store.