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Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by retardedpossum, May 2, 2010.
What's a decent drum machine for practicing and recording? thanks.
I bought a used alesis that is reasonably good.
Well, for practicing pretty much anything will do. The old alesis sr-16 is a trusty workhorse and they can be easily found used for very little money.
If you're recording too, then the samples matter a lot. The alesis sr-18, the new one to replace the sr-16 is decent. Best thing about it is that it's pretty well rounded, not just hip hop and electro stuff. Akai XR20 is basically the same thing, but with better pads (IMO) and more "urban" oriented samples meaning mostly big fat drum sounds. These things have two bad limitations: The feel of the beat can't be changed via quantization once recorded, meaning you cannot change between shuffle etc. Also, there are no "double snare" samples, so drum rolls are always going to sound pretty lame.
Then there are the roland/boss units. I personally don't like them that much. The pads are really small and they have way too many drum sets that sound very similar and the good old ones go into the MPC territory price wise.
If you're serious, I think just looking for an used MPC is a pretty good idea. It will do anything a drum machine will and much more and you can just sample any sound you wan't and use those.
Band in a Box
Realdrums - surprising good sounding.
If you have a compatible DAW - once you get past figuring it out. It will adjust tracks itself to quite to loud, and simple to busy.
Many of the other drum software programs - they are all very good. And most all have free trial periods.
Hammerhead on my iPhone cost two bucks.
if you have a laptop, or even a desktop with decent speakers, take a look at iDrums from iZotope. very nice and I seem to recall the cost being $49.
lots to choose from.
Those are pretty sweet, though I went with it's little brother to save some dough, the DR-670. It's great for practicing or recording ideas, but drum sounds are quite cheesey for any serious recordings. I got mine for 110 shipped.
A few more comments about the Alesis..... the Alesis SR18 allows you to plug your bass in and play your bass with the drum machine, great for practicing. I was initially turned off by all of the bass lines on the patches but they can be muted along with the drums or percussion. Great box.
I made this simple online drum machine for practicing bass. It has currently over 10000 user contributed drum beats to jam to, many drum kits, etc.
Amazing. I could spend more time on that than here at TB!
Crap! I was gonna recommend the Alesis SR-16 because it's cheap and versatile. However, if you just want something to practice along to then this would do nicely. Really cool. Good job.
I say stick with tried and true.
re: your "...simple online drum machine..."
Excellent project! I personally use Hydrogen, etc. with various linuxes but I know a few nearly computer-illiterate folks who would benefit from using it. And, who knows, I might one day be without my laptop, near a terminal next to a musician or two with a spare bass and... the possibilities are nearly endless...
i <3 my korg er-1 and es-1
Top class practicing material! And now let's practice some!
Edit: although through MY laptop the patterns frequently show hiccups... maybe my Internet connection, or my using Firefox???
Edit 2: same problem in Opera and IE8... grrr!
Yeah... the Korg products are great. I have a Zoom that someone is giving to me. It has more modern, hip hop type sounds in the sample bank, fat compressed snares, 808 kicks, and such.
Untz untz untz....
For recording and standalone, I use Toontrack's EZ Drummer in Garageband for about $79. Comes with tons of loops and styles (not to mention awesome sounds - it does make a difference)...