Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Drum Machine Software

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


  1. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

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

    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.

    thanx
     
  5. phmike

    phmike

    Oct 25, 2006
    Nashville, TN
  6. davrip

    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" :).

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/
     
  7. Groove Master

    Groove Master

    Apr 22, 2011
    Montreal
    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.