Do the Freedrum sensors work with macOS devices?
Yes! We support Apple devices running macOS X 10.11.0 or later, 64-bit processor.
Macbooks, iMacs or mac Mini’s from 2012 or later using Bluetooth 4.0 or later.
Do the Freedrum sensors work with Android devices?
Yes! We support devices using certain API, with support of Midi over Bluetooth. You can download our Freedrum App for Android right now! To know which devices work best check out the compatibility table below.
What your devices needs to work with Freedrum sensors.
Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
Android 7.0 or higher
Midi over Bluetooth
We understand that these are not the easiest things to identify. That is why we have a diagnostics test within our Sensorware app. Download it for Android and run the test to know if your device works well with Freedrum.
|iPhone 5s||12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st, 2nd & 3rd Gen||Macbook Pro (Mid 2012 and newer)||iPod Touch 7th Gen||Google Pixel 1, 2, & 3|
|iPhone 6 & 6 Plus||11-inch iPad Pro||Macbook Air (Mid 2012 and newer)||iPod Touch 6th gen||Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+|
|iPhone 7 & 7 Plus||10.5-inch iPad Pro||Macbook (Mid 2015 and newer)||Samsung S9 & S9+|
|iPhone 8 & 8 Plus||9.7-inch iPad Pro||iMac (late 2012 or newer)||Samsung Galaxy Note 8 & 9|
|iPhone X & Xr||iPad 5th & 6th Gen||iMac Pro (2017 or newer)||Samsung A6 & A7|
|iPhone Xs & Xs Max||iPad Mini 5th gen||Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer)||OnePlus 6 & 6T|
|iPad Mini 4||Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)||OnePlus 7 & 7 Pro|
|iPad Air (3rd gen)||Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)|
|iPad Air 2|
*Huawei Devices - We have tested the top of the line Huawei devices and experience large amount of latency so we do not recommend Huawei users to purchase Freedrum. Please get in touch with us if you want more information.
It is one thing that your device is compatible - it is another if it has latency.
What is Latency?
Latency: the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.
To put it simply, it is the time it takes for you to hit a drum or cymbal with your sensor and the sound to travel out of your devices speakers. Where Apple has championed the the world of Midi & Bluetooth over Midi - this is where Android struggles.
Latency is not something we can fix through our app. Unfortunately this is with your device.
Our forum is filled with many fans and supporters of Freedrum. Here is a link with more information on Freedrum & Android compatibility.
We get the question of headphones that are compatible with Freedrum often. With headphones becoming more portable and wireless this is a growing trend we want to be aware of.
Here is what we have researched and found out when looking into wireless headphones.
Since we are using MIDI over bluetooth to use Freedrum - Bluetooth headphones won’t work with Freedrum. The time it takes to register a hit and hear it then send that signal to the Bluetooth headphones gives you a latency that makes it impossible to play. We have Bluetooth 4.0 and even if we had 5.0 in our sensors and a Bluetooth Headphone using 5.0 you would still experience this latency.
So, what are you saying? It’s 2019 and I can’t play my Freedrum Sensors with wireless headphones?
No, we are not saying that - geez relax. What we have tested and works beautifully are headphones using 2.4 ghz wireless to connect to your device. Here are two devices we have tested and can recommend.
This works wirelessly using a USB-C dongle. You will need a PC/MAC or Android device supporting USB-C for this dongle. You will get lossless audio that makes for a great experience with Freedrum.
This works wireless with a USB-A dongle that conveniently fits in the headphones. This will limit you to a PC/Mac that supports USB-A, but once again gives you a great wireless experience when playing with Freedrum. The haptic feedback on this Ultimate versions of the Nari headphones make for a really immersive experience like no other. Haptic Feedback on every bass drum kick feels amazing.