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Drum Machine Software

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by LeeNunn, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I have an old Alesis SR16 drum machine that I use as a fancy metronome. I created metronome patterns for various time signatures, some with a swing feel, and one that is just a 2 4 pocket. When I practice a song with changing time signatures, I’ll string patterns together in song mode. I don't use all the features that Alesis offers, but it does what I need.

    My problem is that I keep forgetting how to program the machine and I have to refamiliarize myself with the owner’s manual every time I want to create a new pattern or "song." Can anyone recommend an easy to use and relatively low cost software package that will do the same thing? In other words, I just want a fancy metronome.
  2. Carlo CN

    Carlo CN

    Feb 12, 2014
    if you can usa a tablet (iPad, iPhone) I advise you the app Drum Genius or Drum Beats+, they are cheap and with great audio quality.
  3. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Thanks. I do have an iPad, on which iRealb was my only application. I'll check both of these out.
  4. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    Is there a free MIDI drum program I can use on the PC to make drum tracks? The kind where you can drag and drop musical notes onto a staff?

    I used to use cakewalk I think but that was back when people still used floppy discs.

  5. phmike


    Oct 25, 2006
    Nashville, TN
  6. davrip


    Jun 30, 2012
    I use "Hydrogen" it's free and comes with a full kit and you can write complete
    songs with it or just use it with a click on the beat.

    Works on Windows and Linux, and is certainly a "Fancy metronome" :).

  7. Groove Master

    Groove Master

    Apr 22, 2011
    Author of Groove 101, Slap 101 and Technique 101
    DM 1 for iphone and ipad. Amazing app. Can't believe it exists for 2-3 bucks.
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