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

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    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. 

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

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

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    Melda Productions Dream Machines

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

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    Superbooth 2022 - DinSync RE 808 & RE 101

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

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    Superbooth 2022 - Landscape Noon

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

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

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

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

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    Roland TD-07KV

    Roland unveil TD-07KV

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

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    New Roland drum machines

    TR-6S, TR-06 hardware & 606 emulation unveiled

    Roland's new percussion sequencers pay tribute to classic TR-series instruments.

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    DrēmTrigger

    DrēmTrigger: electronic drum sounds made easy

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    New hardware drum trigger features 16GB onboard memory, a rechargeable battery, dual trigger pads and a laser sensor.

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    IK Multimedia UNO Drum at Superbooth 2019

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    IK Multimedia demo and rundown their new UNO Drum drum machine, which combines analogue and PCM sample elements and...

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    MFB 301 Pro drum machine at Superbooth 2019

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    The crazy little MFB-301 Pro drum computer is a modern version of the classic MFB-301. It offers eight analog drum...

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    Arturia announce lower-cost DrumBrute Impact

    Compact analogue beatbox features new voicing, ‘color’ control and more.

    The DrumBrute from Arturia is a serious drum machine and for only £379, it’s pretty darn good value, especially...

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    Arturia launch 'Creation Edition’ DrumBrute and MicroBrute

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    Arturia have today introduced two new limited edition versions of their modern analogue classics, the...

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    Superbooth 2018: Behringer reveal 808 clone

    Analogue drum machine recreation will be “competitively priced”

    Behringer tackle the world’s most iconic drum machine with the RD-808, a clone of the Roland TR-808 analogue drum machine.

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    Roland announce flagship TR-8S

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    Roland have this morning announced a brand new flagship drum machine: the TR-8S Rhythm Performer. Building on...

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    Modal debuted their new CRAFTrhythm 8 track drum sampler kit with a 16 step sequencer at this year’s show. The...

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