System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £14.99
Comfort Rating: Green
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 50
Description: Tombé Drums VR is part of The Music Room family of instruments. Combining accurate feel and ultra low latency these kits sound and feel great. You can play carefully scanned drums and cymbals from Pearl, Ludwig, Sabian, Zildjian, DW and Gretsch. You can also get comfortable being on stage, in the studio and in a practice room. Play at Cherry Bar, the best rock and roll bar in the world and Bakehouse Studio, a favourite rehearsal room of Elvis Costello, Tool and Nick Cave. Tombé Drums support an extensive range of articulations. You can play cross stick hits, rim shots, tip and shank hits on the hi-hat, choke cymbals and it’s all velocity-sensitive.
If you’re looking for MIDI output and DAW integration you move up to The Music Room for these features and more. Please try the demo version to get a good idea of the feel and responsiveness. In the demo, you have access to a champagne sparkle Gretsch Broadkaster kit and full version gives you access to more kits and venues. To use the kick some kind of mic, headphones or drum trigger is required that you can step on. An audio interface and native ASIO drivers is strongly recommended for good latency and feel.
Review: You should be aware that from the off ‘Tombé Drums VR’ is not a game, it is more of a digital audio tool. Sadly the demo really isn’t worth looking at as it only features one drum! Unless you already know you have a use for this program there really isn’t anything here for you. All I can tell for you sure is that the drum feels responsive and the graphics look pretty good. I have no idea if it is as good as a real drum kit, but I would imagine not. Who knows, maybe I am missing the point to this app, but for me it was not worth anywhere near the £14.99 aksing price. But I am also willing to bet that I am not the right person to review this app.