Playing with machines...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rob_d, Oct 26, 2001.

  1. rob_d


    Jun 14, 2001
    How many of you own or have messed with any of those accompaniment type machines. I'm thinking like that Boss Jam Station thing, or one of the ones made by Zoom. I'm just curious to know what people think of them who have used them. Of course I know, and understand, there is no substitute with playing in a band, which I do, but I thought maybe they would be neat to practice with when you're just messing around on your own. Kinda like a supercharged drum machine. My main fear is that these things will sound so cheesy you wouldn't have any desire to play along with them as practice even. Anyways, curious to hear the thoughts of those who know about these things. Thanks.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I never used hardware drum machines.

    The software drum tools like Native Instruments Battery or ReDrum and DrRex in Propellerhead Reason are great because you can use samples from (AKAI) sample CDs to build your own drums or play sampled drum loops.
    You can get pretty organic-sounding drums that way, the sounds can be better too, since you're not limited to factory sounds.

    You're much more flexible, but it's more work, since it's not in a single box that you turn on and it's set.
  3. I have an electronic drum machine that I practice with.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    This is a drum loop I use with Battery, I guess it would be very hard or impossible to get something like that with a drum machine (esp. the snare).

    Unzip to play it.
  5. The guitarist uses one for personal practice. He's brought it along to rehersal a couple of times.

    They, err, don't vary in tempo like, err, some human drummers, do they..... :D