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Drum Machines

A drum machine is a hardware device or software that generates electronic drum sounds, typically for the purpose of creating music. Drum machines are often used by music producers and DJs to create beats and rhythms, and they can be programmed to play a variety of different drum sounds and patterns.

The main functions of a drum machine include:

  • Sound generation: Drum machines generate electronic drum sounds that can be used to create music.

  • Pattern creation: Drum machines allow users to create and program drum patterns by specifying which drum sounds are played and when.

  • Sequencing: Drum machines allow users to sequence drum patterns in a specific order to create a complete song or beat.

  • Effects: Many drum machines offer effects such as reverb, delay, and compression, which can be used to shape the sound of the drum sounds.

Some of the main uses of drum machines include:

  • Music production: Drum machines are often used by music producers to create beats and rhythms for electronic music, hip hop, and other genres.

  • Live performances: Drum machines are commonly used by DJs and electronic music performers to provide a backing track for their live sets.

  • Practice: Drum machines can be used by musicians as a tool for practicing and improving their drumming skills.

Some of the benefits of using a drum machine include:

  • Ease of use: Drum machines are relatively easy to use, even for those with limited music production experience.

  • Flexibility: Drum machines allow users to create a wide range of drum sounds and patterns, and they can be easily modified and customised.

  • Portability: Many drum machines are small and portable, making them easy to take with you on the go.

  • Cost-effective: Drum machines can be an affordable alternative to hiring a drummer or purchasing a full drum set.

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    Linplug RMIV

    Software Drum Machine [PC/Mac OS X]

    With their new VST Instrument, Linplug are aiming to combine the flexibility of a software synth and sampler with the simplicity of a hardware drum machine.

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Korg Electribe EMX1

    Music Production Station

    This new member of the Korg tribe offers synthesis, sequencing, drum programming, tons of real-time control plus genuine valves to light up your studio and your sound.

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Roland MC909

    Sampling Groovebox

    The latest in Roland's line of MC-series workstations is their best (and most expensive) yet, incorporating synthesis, sequencing, real-time control, and sampling. But in an increasingly software-driven world, can a Groovebox still cut it?

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn

    Filter, Effects, Amp Modeller & Drum Box

    It's a sequenceable filter, it's an amp modeller, and it's a drum machine... it's the AdrenaLinn, the new guitar processor from famed designer Roger Linn, best known for his classic drum machines and sequencing workstations.

    Reviews Sep 2002
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    Elektron SPS1 Machinedrum

    Synthetic Percussion Sequencer

    Swedish manufacturer Elektron claim that their SPS1 rhythm synth is the most sophisticated drum machine ever built, with a stunning specification that includes no less than four different types of percussion synthesis.

    Reviews Jan 2002
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    Roland MC307 Groovebox

    Sequencing Workstation

    Roland followed their first MC303 Groovebox with the well-specified MC505. Now there's the MC307, with a spec more like the 505, a price closer to that of the 303, and more DJ-friendly features.

    Reviews Jun 2001
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    Korg DDM110

    Programmable Digital Drum Machine (retro)

    The Korg DDM110 was one of the first digital drum machines to reach the mass market. Paul Sellars rediscovers its distinctive, punchy sound and revels in the simplicity of its programming...

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    Yamaha RY9

    Drum Machine

    Despite its size, this diminutive drum machine packs in a decent sound set and some interesting guitar‑oriented features.

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Boss DR770

    Drum Machine

    A few years ago, dedicated drum machines seemed in danger of extinction — but now they seem to be undergoing something of a renaissance. Derek Johnson gets hands-on with the latest addition to Boss's Dr. Rhythm range.

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Zoom Rhythmtrak 123

    Drum Machine

    Zoom's new beatbox offers a wide range of percussion sounds and patterns at an extremely affordable price.

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Boss DR202

    DR Groove Rhythm Machine

    Dedicated rhythm machine are very much back in fashion, and the new Boss DR202 offers an impressive specification at a budget price. Chris Carter investigates its qualifications.

    Reviews Dec 1998
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    Roland TR626

    Rhythm Composer (Retro)

    '80s technology is still out there in abundance and going cheap. Derek Johnson spotlights a budget beatbox that has everything it takes to slot into the '90s studio.

    Reviews Nov 1998
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    Zoom RhythmTrak 234

    Drum Machine

    New drum machines are few and far between these days, but as Nicholas Rowland discovers, this one has a lot to offer even in a world full of computer sequencers.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Jomox Xbase 09

    Drum Machine

    Chris Carter looks at a new dedicated drum machine which could be the best 909 alternative yet.

    Reviews Jun 1997
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    Roland TR808

    Rhythm Composer (Retro)

    Few electronic instruments are still as desirable, 16 years after their launch, as the 808, and even fewer become famous enough to have a band named after them. Chris Carter hits the perfect beat.

    Reviews May 1997
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    Cheetah MD16

    Drum Machine (Retro)

    The best drum machine ever? Staunch admirer Nicholas Rowland leaps to the defence of the long-neglected Cheetah MD16.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    Alesis DM5

    Drum Module

    Paul White checks out the successor to his beloved D4 and ends up casting sidelong glances at his cheque book.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Roland TR909

    Rhythm Composer (Retro)

    Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser examine the rise and rise of Roland's most sought-after beatbox, the TR909.

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Yamaha RY8

    Portable Rhythm Programmer

    The RY8 isn't just the latest in Yamaha's much-respected RY series of drum machines — the diminutive casing houses everything a mobile guitarist could need as a portable backing band, even a guitar synth!

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Yamaha RY20

    Rhythm Programmer

    Behind the conventional facade of Yamaha's latest drum machine hides a section of sophisticated features — like 'human feel' groove quantisation, bass sounds and built-in digital effects. Paul Ward gets into the groove.

    Reviews Oct 1994
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    BOSS DR5

    Rhythm Section

    Do you have a guitar, an interest in songwriting and a modest equipment budget? Read on, and David Mellor will tell you why this backing band in a plastic box could be just what you need.

    Reviews May 1994


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