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drum machine recommendations

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Howard K, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    thinking about getting a drum machine... after some recommendations..

    bearing in mind i know nothing about them, i need one that is easy to use and has the option to program in pretty much any bizarre rhythm i might want? any tips on features that i'll need etc very welcome!

  2. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I'm going to reccomend doing a search. I've seen one or two topics in the last week or two about 'em alone.
  3. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    hmm, i did a search and didnt fnid anything... i'll try again
  4. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Also try the effects forum. It was deemed "not an effect" relatively recently, but there's probably still a whole rash of old drum machine topics.
  5. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    nope scoured the effects forum and search resulst for "drum machine", again.. nothing

    someone out there must have a drum machine for praticing.. is it good, bad, who made it, easy to use, sounds good, cost, valuable features, etc,etc???
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    An oldie but goodie - the alesis sr-16

    I know it's 12+ years old, but I've always loved it's ease of use and great built in sounds.
  7. Yup, the Alesis, as said, and they can be found cheap. They have many of the same sounds as a DM-5. Great great sounds.

    I'm not too into Roland Dr. Rythm sounds at all.

    If you could find a vintage 808 cheap. Oh man. grab it twice.

    I LOVE the Korg Electribe...not so much a drum machine as an analog synth rythm generator.... good for dance stuff. And that is infinitely real-time tweakable.

    ZOOM makes some pretty sick sounding cheap drum machines too. Look at them.

    Try a bunch out...don't hurt, right?
  8. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Check out the "performing with a drum machine" topic in Band Management and Performance. One reply in there sticks out a lot in my mind, where someone gave some pretty neat details about his drum machine. You could PM him and see what he uses, he was very happy with it.
  9. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    I have an old Boss DR-550 that I got some 12 years ago. Only really useful for the 808 and 909 sounds now, as the "real" drums leave a lot to be desired these days. For drum programming I usually use FruityLoops with the nskit samples from http://www.naturalstudio.co.uk
  10. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Are you dead set on a separate physical box for a drum machine? The reason I ask is depending on what & how you want to use it there is software available that does similar stuff that you might want to check out. Two that I know of are:

    PC Drummer - it's a software-based drum machine. Simple, pretty intuitive to use. I paid for this one and am using it for rythm tracks for my demos & home recording "projects". There's a free demo version to check out.

    Fruity Loops - this app has a lot more features - it's a complete loop-based music production "studio" that can crank out loop/sample based rythm tracks. I found it more complicated than what I wanted/needed (and more expensive than pcdrummer). Again it has a free demo to check it out.

    There are a bunch of other drum machine apps (Hammerhead, etc.) and loopers (Acid, etc.) that have similar capabilities.

    If you actually want/need the physical drum machine box, then I apologize for wasting the bandwidth. Otherwise you might want to check these out - the demos are fun to play with and don't cost a thing.
  11. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    thabnks for the info.. i trie fruityloops but really didnt get on with it.

    generally sopeaking i was planning to get a seperate box, i often find them easier to use than pc based stuff in that you just turn it on and it works.. plus it's dedicated

    cheers tho..

    i've been looking on ebay... mioght just bite the bullet and buy a relativley new model zoom or summit
  12. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Roland TR-808 baby! Oh yeah!
  13. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
  14. Zoom MRT-3
    I got mine at Sam Ash for under $100. For what I need it for it's perfect. It sounds excellent, is simple. and didn't cost alot. My guitar player and I would run it through his pa and jam with it for hours. Of course being a guitar player he had to out do me and buy a flashier more expensive one, a Dr. Rythm of some sort. Sound wise the Zoom kicks it's ass.
  15. I'm gonna piggyback on what Craigb said above about software being your friend if you've already got a PC and don't mind pressing it into service. Especially if you've already got a sequencer, you could use one of these programs to get your drum fix. In some cases (and for best results IMNTLBHO) you'll want to trigger your own patterns from MIDI and most of these programs allow you to do that.
  16. Software is great for drums too!!! I use Reason alot and love it. Hell you can be a whole band with that program. Pretty involved stuff though. You can waste hours just fiddling around. It's very addictive.
  17. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    "If all you want is a good sounding, easy to program drum machine for practice and laying down tracks, without the extra MIDI bells and whistles, the Zoom MRT-3 or Zoom RT123 is a great buy."

    That's recommendation I wanted! Thanks jive :)