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Electric Practice Devices

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Rkadair, Oct 14, 2001.


  1. Rkadair

    Rkadair

    Sep 30, 2001
    Las vegas Nevada
    I’m looking for a Drum machine or Jam Machine to Practice with
    I’m new to the Bass and will just be playing in the bedroom.
    I play Rock, Jazz, Blues.
    These are my choices

    Boss JS-5 JamStation
    Zoom Rhythm Trak 323
    Alesis SR16
    Boss DR770
    Boss DR5


    Robert
     
  2. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    are you looking for one of those mentioned or you want some advise on wich one is better?
     
  3. Rkadair

    Rkadair

    Sep 30, 2001
    Las vegas Nevada
    I,M looking to see what other people play with and are happy with it.
    I don’t want to buy something that is short lived and will go on ebay next month.
    The Alesis sr16 and Boss DR770 has more Drum choices and is programmable But
    I,m no Drummer. The Boss JS-5 has preset drums and can’t be changed, But has Plus’s
    Like recording 60 min. of playing and you can run other music through and slow it down.

    I guess I want to know what has worked for others.


    Robert
     
  4. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm moving it in misc.
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I prefer software.

    Band in a Box is great for practising chord changes and real book stuff.

    http://www.pgmusic.com/bandbox.htm

    The inferface looks a bit oldfashioned, but it works fine even on older computers.
     
  6. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    those boss dr. rhythms are a pain in the butt to program, so that would rule those out for me, and I don't know about the others. But JMX has a good idea, or a pretty good keyboard...


    P@
     
  7. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I haven't tried the things listed in the original post, but for practicing around the house I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Korg Pandora PX3B.

    It has a ton of effects, a lot of different drum programs that you can scale the tempo on rather easily. You can play it through an amp or through headphones. It fits in your shirt pocket and runs a pretty decent length of time on 4 AAA batteries. You can hook up a tape or CD through the auxiliary port and play along with tracks you're trying to learn. You can even record short phrases and slow them down without changing the pitch. My only disappointment with the PX3B is that you can only record very short clips (around 16 seconds).

    All in all it's a pretty cool little tool. One of my best gear purchases.

    Peace,

    James

    http://www.korg.com
     
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    You don't EVEN want to know the mental image caused by the title of this post!

    Another vote for the Bass Pandora PX3B.
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    And here I thought that I was the only one!:D
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I use a Roland MC303 MicroComposer or Groovebox for practising Jazz chord sequences. You can have 8 tracks - 7 synth and 1 drum track and it is very flexible. For practising, I usually just put in the chords on piano with a simple drum track for something like a 32 bar sequence. (I'm not that good at Jazz piano, so I programme this in "step time". But you can also record things in real time and build up drum tracks in several ways using pads, keyboard or just programmed )

    But you can build up complex tracks and it has loads of "vintage" synth and sampled sounds - I also use it with midi sound modules.
     
  12. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    You pervert!

    Heh-heh.
     
  13. If you have a computer you could buy "Smart Loops". Its a CD full of drum loops recorded by a real drummer in the studio. The drums sound excellent. You will need to get some kind of software to arrange the loops and fills.
     
  14. Tonto_Goldstein

    Tonto_Goldstein

    Aug 26, 2001
    Chicago
    Kidnap a drummer and keep him locked in the basement. :D
     
  15. Rkadair

    Rkadair

    Sep 30, 2001
    Las vegas Nevada
    I was going to do that but it would cost too much
    to feed Him or her (better yet) and you know how drummers get:D

    Robert