You are here

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.

  • link
    Erica Synths Bullfrog Drums educational analogue hardware drum machine

    Erica Synths announce Bullfrog Drums

    Drum machine to join educational instrument series

    Erica Synths have announced another collaboration with Richie Hawtin, this time designing a drum machine that aims to help users learn the basics of drum programming. 

    News
  • link
    Polyend Tracker Plus hardware sampler sequencer synthesizer drum machine

    Polyend introduce Tracker+

    Hardware sampler upgraded & improved

    The latest Tracker boasts a wealth of new features including stereo sampling and playback capabilities, USB audio, eight additional MIDI and sequencer tracks, a collection of new onboard instruments and more.

    News
  • link
    Elektron Digitakt II compact analogue drum machine sampler

    Elektron unveil Digitakt II

    Upgraded instrument offers up to 16 sample tracks

    The Digitakt II offers a more modular approach to sound creation as well as packing in more sampler tracks, an enhanced sequencer and more. 

    News
  • link
    Erica Synths Perkons HD-01

    Erica Synths refresh Perkons HD-01

    Drum machine gains stylish new finish

    Erica Synths have announced that they are planning on releasing a new version of their latest drum machine, and will be discontinuing the current production model.

    News
  • link
    Yamaha SEQTRAK all-in-one production instrument drum machine synth sampler

    Yamaha SEQTRAK: all-in-one production system

    Compact unit combines drums, synthesis, sampling & more

    SEQTRAK is a lightweight, portable production system that packs in a range of drum programming, synthesis, sampling and sound design capabilities. 

    News
  • link
    Elektron Analog Rytm 1.70 OS update

    Elektron update Analog Rytm drum machine

    Five new Machines, Euclidean sequencer mode & more

    Elekton have announced the release of a major OS update that brings a range of new features to their hybrid drum machine.

    News
  • link
    Sonicware Lofi-12 XT Kickstarter retro sampling groovebox instrument

    Sonicware Lofi-12 XT on Kickstarter

    All backers will now receive a free case

    Sonicware are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of Lofi-12 XT, an advanced version of their popular Lofi-12 groovebox and sampler instrument.

    News
  • link
    Sequential Novation Focusrite Take 5 Circuit Rhythm Scarlett 18i20 win synth sampler drum machine audio interface

    WIN Sequential, Focusrite & Novation recording bundle

    Synth, sampler/drum machine & interface up for grabs

    Sequential have teamed up with Novation and Focusrite to give synth enthusiasts the chance to win a Take 5 synthesizer, Circuit Rhythm sampler/drum machine and Scarlett 18i20 audio interface.

    News
  • link
    Roland TR-8S TR-6S Rhythm Performers update CR-78 CompuRhythm TR-808 Chromatic Bass

    Roland update TR-8S & TR-6S Rhythm Performers

    CR-78 & TR-808 Chromatic Bass instruments added

    Roland have announced the release of system updates for their TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer instruments, along with a new version of the TR-EDITOR companion app.

    News
  • link
    Akai MPC X Special Edition production sampler workstation drum machine

    Akai Pro unveil MPC X Special Edition

    Most powerful MPC instrument ever

    Akai are celebrating 35 years of their MPC platform with the release of a new version of their flagship instrument that boasts a retro look along with increased processing power and storage. 

    News
  • link
    Korg Drumlogue hybrid analogue digital drum machine step sequencer built-in effects individual outputs

    Korg Drumlogue now available

    Hybrid analogue and digital drum machine

    Korg's latest drum machine features a powerful on-board sequencer, built-in effects, assignable individual outputs, and a wealth of front panel control. 

    News
  • link
    Elektron Syntakt OS 1.20 analogue digital  drum machine synthesizer operating system upgrade download

    Elektron announce Syntakt OS upgrade

    Instrument gains two new sound Machines

    Elektron have announced the release of OS 1.20 for Syntakt, expanding the instruments melodic capabilities with the addition of two new Machines. 

    News
  • link
    Ploytec Boom Kick automatic tap tempo stomp box kick drum synthesizer pedal with MIDI clock

    Ploytec Boom Kick automatic stomp box

    Features manual trigger and tap tempo loop modes

    Boom Kick is an electronic stomp box and bass drum synthesizer that can function as a standard stomp box, generate loops, and syncronise other instruments via MIDI Clock. 

    News
  • link
    Elektron Song Mode update Digitone Keys Digitakt Syntakt

    Elektron introduce Song Mode feature

    New functionality for Digitakt, Syntakt and Digitone instruments

    Latest OS update brings a much-requested Song Mode feature to Elektron's Digitakt, Syntakt, Digitone and Digitone Keys instruments. 

    News
  • link
    Melda Productions Dream Machines

    Melda debut DreamMachines drum software

    Sample-based virtual drum machine and MSoundFactory instrument

    A huge collection of drum machine samples for MDrummer as well as a premium module for MSoundFactory.

    News
  • link
    PzFdNjOHIns.jpg

    Superbooth 2022 - DinSync RE 808 & RE 101

    Video report

    DinSync give us a demonstration of the RE 808 and the RE 101, their latest recreations of two classic instruments. 

    News
  • link
    TLWpIOSyV0Q.jpg

    Superbooth 2022 - Landscape Noon

    Video report

    Noon is a passive analogue drum machine/synthesizer; we get the details from Landscape along with a demonstration. 

    News
  • link
    M6cobATaEdM.jpg

    Superbooth 2022 - Erica Synths Syntrx II & Perkons HD-01

    Video report

    Erica Synths give us a demonstration of their new Syntrx II and Perkons HD-01 instruments.

    News
  • link
    Elektron Syntakt front panel

    Elektron release Syntakt

    12-track drum machine and synthesizer

    Elektron’s latest drum/synth device combines analogue and digital synthesis, and offers in-depth intergration with external devices. 

    News
  • link
    Erica Synths Pērkons

    Erica Synths release Pērkons

    Drum machine meets mixer & effects processor

    Percussion powerhouse incorporates four synth voices, a four-track step sequencer, a mixer, an analogue delay and an optical bus compressor.

    News
  • link
    Roland TD-07KV

    Roland unveil TD-07KV

    Affordable new V-Drum kit offers mesh heads and more

    Affordable new V-Drum kit offers mesh heads and comes with TD-07 MIDI-compatible sound module.

    News

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Drum Machines