Paradiddle lets you play drums in VR without the limitations of the real world. It opens up many possibilities for learning how to drum, through an intuitive interface, a realistic sound system and recording-playback capabilities.
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Very Positive (55) - 90% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Oct 31, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Paradiddle still has a lot of room to grow. Early Access is extremely valuable at this stage in order to get a better idea of how people are using the app and what sorts of improvements they'd like to see. Fostering a community around the app will also get people to share their recordings with each other, which is one of the major ways Paradiddle shines as a teaching tool.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“With the current list of upcoming features, a realistic estimate would be a mid-to-late 2018 full release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include features such as:
  • More drum types, such as the xylophone, steelpan and marimba.
  • Improved visuals.
  • Additional audio reactive environments that users can play in.
  • Advanced audio features and tools such as MIDI integration, exporting note sheets, metronome, looping and sequencing.
  • A built-in recording library to help teach users various drumming rudiments and song parts.
  • Mixed reality recording support.
  • A profile tab that will keep track of stats relevant to the user's play style.
These features will be slowly added into the app throughout the Early Access period. The community feedback will play a great part in determining which of these should be prioritized, or whether there are any other crucial features that should be added.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Paradiddle is perfectly usable as a drumming tool in its Early Access form, and has cross-platform VR support for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. It currently features 9 different drums, some with 100+ sounds just based on hit velocity and hit location on the drum. Users can drag and drop as many drums as they want through an intuitive interface to create their own sets, and record and share their recordings with others.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“There are currently no plans to change the pricing of the Early Access version, though this might change after Early Access ends.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Community feedback will play a significant role in determining which upcoming features should be prioritized. Since users can freely record and share their recordings with others, the community will also be invaluable when it comes to sharing recordings of various rhythms, rudiments and song covers.”
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About This Game

Drumming Reimagined For Virtual Reality


Paradiddle lets you explore your percussion skills freely in a flexible and responsive VR environment. Drag and drop as many drums as you want from your palette. Arrange and scale them with ease to create the setup that works best for you. Save custom drum sets and load your favorites whenever you come back.

Virtual Drums, Realistic Sound


In Paradiddle, drums give off different sounds based on a variety of factors, with some drums supporting over 100 sounds just based on how hard they were hit. Certain percussion instruments, such as the ride cymbals, also play different audio samples depending on what part of the instrument was hit.

A Platform for Sharing and Learning

Record your songs and share them with others in the Paradiddle community. In a song playback, Paradiddle uses visual cues to show when each drum is about to get hit. Speed up, slow down and play along to a recording in a uniquely immersive learning environment—or just sit back and the watch the show.

Full Feature List

  • Play different types of percussion instruments without worrying about making noise, having a dedicated space for them, or buying them.
    The current list of playable drums are: hi-hat, bass drum, snare, 3 types of toms, 2 types of crash cymbals and 2 types of ride cymbals.
  • Realistic and responsive sound system, powered by FMOD.
  • Create and customize your own drum kit.
  • Record and share the songs you’ve played with others in the Paradiddle community.
  • MIDI input/output support. MIDI devices (such as electronic drum pedals) can be integrated into Paradiddle to trigger any drums within the environment. Likewise, Paradiddle can also send MIDI output, which means you can use the app to trigger your own samples in your favorite digital audio workstation. This transforms Paradiddle into an extremely powerful audio creation tool.
  • Peripheral integration. In addition to MIDI devices, any peripheral that can emulate keyboard input (such as USB pedals) can be used in Paradiddle as a way to trigger the kick drum or control the hi-hat.
  • Customizable controls. Remap your VR controller buttons to different actions such as opening/closing the hi-hat or triggering the kick.
  • ASIO Support. Audio enthusiasts that want maximum customization of their audio settings can switch their output device to ASIO. By default, the app uses WASAPI, and a lot of time was spent to ensure that the latency was kept to a minimum with the default settings.
  • Customizable drum sound options. You can customize settings of individual drums, such as their pitch and max volume. These settings will expand in the future to give users greater control over the sound that comes out of their drums.
  • Ability to load and play back audio files from your system as you play on your drums.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 (equivalent or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 (equivalent or better)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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