Drum Machines

Drum Machines are either analog or digitally based and are used to create the foundations of electronic music. Roland pioneered the drum machine and have now re-issued their classic model, the TR-08.

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About Drum Machines

Drum Machines utilise samples or synthesis in order to sequence or record percussive elements using pads or buttons. Many, such as the Elektron Machinedrum, include a step sequencer to allow users to sequence a beat step-by-step. Such drum machines are incredibly versatile, offering the opportunity to create melodic percussive sequences, in addition to conventional drum sounds. The use of samples and time stretching further extends the possibilities drum machines can provide, allow for whole new sounds to be created from an original sample.

Typically, they also allow on-the-fly sampling and real-time recording. As well as being popular in electronic music, they can also be used in place of a drummer, where they are not available or desired.

Increasingly software studios incorporate drum machine units, that offer expansive sampling capabilities. The use of MIDI controllers such as the Korg PadKontrol can give the feel and interaction of a hardware drum machine in a software package.

Drum Machine News

ARTURIA DrumBrute Impact - "The Drum Machine You've Been Waiting For"

The DrumBrute Impact is here to expand the "Brute" series with a new, hard-hitting, analog drum machine. Available to pre-order now at Gear4music.... More  »

20 Jul 2018 11:38

Alesis Brings "Mesh to the Masses" with its new Nitro Kit

The popular Nitro kit by Alesis now features Mesh heads in its new "Nitro Mesh" iteration! Get even more expressiveness in your electronic drumming at an unbelievable price-point.... More  »

28 Jun 2018 15:00

Roland's Flagship TD-50 Electronic Drum Kits Now Available with Free VIP Extras!

New Roland TD-50 Electronic Drum Kits now come complete with VIP extras - including free video lessons, bonus samples and kits, and a free t-shirt/jacket... More  »

22 Mar 2018 08:38