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Drum Machines!

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:48 pm
by burntumber
I scored 3 drum machine just this week.

1st is a Korg KR Mini.
Fun little thing with built in speaker.
I like to jam along with the presets using my Yamaha reface CP.
Hooked it up to a delay and Alesis AirFx to thicken and filter the sound.

2nd, Alesis SR-18
I guess people favour the SR-16 more, but this aint bad.
I like to slow down the presets. There's a whole bunch of reverbs to add that sound good.
It has an instrument plug in so you don't need a mixer or line selector when you want to play guitar, bass ,keys along with it.
The bass and synth lines are cheesey, but you can mute them.

3rd, Korg Super Drums.
Cool 80's unit. Kinda Com Truise sounding.
A real headache to program a recorded beat with this.
I ended up getting frustrated and plugging it in to my Boss looper instead.
Added an ehx oceans 11 for fun, and holy shit did that doctor up the sound.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:53 am
by kaboodle45
love running my Digitakt through effects, it can really take an ok beat to the next level

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:30 am
by burpgun
This may not be a popular opinion, but for me these days, the iPad is where it's at for drum machines. There a number of great drum machines available on that device at all different price points. I've been goofing around with drum machines since the 80s, and honestly, not sure any of of those machines beat what I could do on the iPad, for much cheaper.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:27 pm
by OffYourFace
burpgun wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:30 am
This may not be a popular opinion, but for me these days, the iPad is where it's at for drum machines. There a number of great drum machines available on that device at all different price points. I've been goofing around with drum machines since the 80s, and honestly, not sure any of of those machines beat what I could do on the iPad, for much cheaper.
It's true. Once properly mixed in a track, you'd never know. But if you took the iPad and my old Oberheim DX and compared them by blasting them through a PA system, The DX would kick its ass. Same thing with a real 808 or 909.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:54 pm
by Singlebladepickup
Can't imagine wanting something beyond my MPC Live to use as a drum machine. It probably can't do anything beyond what an ipad can if the ipad is hooked up to a midi controller and a computer or external hard drive, but it's really nice to have pads, knobs, buttons, and a touchscreen all in one package that I can use on the couch or hooked up to my modular system. I can use the modular rack to mess with the drums that I'm playing live, or I can pre-record drums and then use the MPC as a controller to trigger notes or whatever else in the modular wirelessly over bluetooth midi. It can also act as a mixer if I plug guitar or bass into modular and modular into MPC. It's basically a computer that turns into a midi controller if you hook it up to a real computer or midi-capable synth.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:28 pm
by OffYourFace
The new MPCs are amazing.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:31 am
by fever606
TR-606 for life! It’s the only drum machine I’ve never been able to bring myself to sell...

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:45 am
by eggwheat
OffYourFace wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:28 pm
The new MPCs are amazing.
Heard that but not tried....I'll vouch for the Roland TR8S. I have one. One of the best I've heard..internal ACB transistor rhythm sounds are really, really good..Also runs your own samples and the with V2 update it now does FM synthesis.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:50 am
by X-Ray Spex
burpgun wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:30 am
This may not be a popular opinion, but for me these days, the iPad is where it's at for drum machines. There a number of great drum machines available on that device at all different price points. I've been goofing around with drum machines since the 80s, and honestly, not sure any of of those machines beat what I could do on the iPad, for much cheaper.
Interesting, what apps / programs would you reccomend? I have a couple of tablets lying around that could be put to better use.

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:04 am
by cestlamort
fever606 wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:31 am
TR-606 for life! It’s the only drum machine I’ve never been able to bring myself to sell...
And the 606 has now come out of the Behringer (color) xerox machine...

Re: Drum Machines!

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:04 am
by spacelordmother
X-Ray Spex wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:50 am
burpgun wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:30 am
This may not be a popular opinion, but for me these days, the iPad is where it's at for drum machines. There a number of great drum machines available on that device at all different price points. I've been goofing around with drum machines since the 80s, and honestly, not sure any of of those machines beat what I could do on the iPad, for much cheaper.
Interesting, what apps / programs would you recommend? I have a couple of tablets lying around that could be put to better use.
It's true. For cost and conveniences it can't be beat. Sounds are good (or sample-based, so flexible and up to you) and there are some really inventive interfaces out there that make the experience so rewarding. I would say that Patterning/Patterning 2 is the gold standard unless you're looking for an 808, etc-alike.

Otherwise -- I recently got a Model:Samples and that's doing me right for the little amount of sample/drum machine need I have.