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Title: Drum machines
Post by: Leatherface on September 23, 2013, 09:56:05 AM
Hi ;)

Just to know what drum machines you are using..?
I'm working for 20 years now with the Boss DR-550 MKII, and wait for the Korg Volca Beat :)


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Leatherface on September 25, 2013, 12:05:32 AM
Hum..?


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Ashley Choke on September 25, 2013, 12:52:59 PM
I have 707/727/CR8K/606 and DR110 in the studio, only use the last two for industrial type stuff thou. You cant beat vintage Roland :)


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: STREETMEAT on September 25, 2013, 07:51:27 PM
i was using a casio rz-1 until it broke just recently thing sounded fucking awesome esp with using the sampling pads. but since thats broken looking to get a mpc in the up coming months


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: eraritjaritjaka on September 27, 2013, 08:25:01 AM
Korg Electribe ER-1.  A product of it's era, but a solid box.
most often utilized with an EQ and detuner to create grinding and rumbling textures and/or with a set delay and effects to create broken industrial-tinged 'noise' loops.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Leatherface on September 27, 2013, 11:42:08 AM
i was using a casio rz-1 until it broke just recently thing sounded fucking awesome esp with using the sampling pads. but since thats broken looking to get a mpc in the up coming months

Which Mpc?


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: STREETMEAT on September 27, 2013, 11:46:54 AM
i was using a casio rz-1 until it broke just recently thing sounded fucking awesome esp with using the sampling pads. but since thats broken looking to get a mpc in the up coming months

Which Mpc?

1000 seems like the best bet for me. with the upgrades!


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: jesusfaggotchrist on October 26, 2013, 08:56:52 PM
I found if you pitch-shift a drum machine down, it sounds like a factory, esp if you programmed random beats into it.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: krueleco on January 28, 2014, 01:12:08 PM
Boss DR-550 MKII! Easy to use and rugged box!


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: bub on May 05, 2014, 09:00:54 PM
I have been working with the Boss DR 670 for at least a decade. I can not remember exactly when I bought it.....
It is still clicking and ticking.
I like it a lot.
However the hardware/software Spark really captured my attention.
I played with the demo down load I realized it was a very powerful bit of kit.
Possbly giving the big boys of mechanized beatdom a good run for my money.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: crudchampion on May 15, 2014, 06:12:42 PM
MPC500 and recently Electribe Es-1.

Electribe is somewhat limiting in the way of time signatures/loops but has a very smooth interface for recording directly into the machine...complements the MPC by providing a base rhythm to guide my terrible sense of timing in sequence mode.

The sequencer can make for some very blown-out improvisations via layering to infinity...only catch with the MPC is the terrible onboard sample editing, which pretty much necessitates the use of a computer.



Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Marko-V on June 07, 2014, 07:25:40 PM
Has anybody used Alesis SR 16? Godflesh used it and I dig that cold unnatural no-nonsense drum machine sound of their early albums. Vintagesynth.com tells that: "No doubt the SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine. All those bumper stickers about drum machines having no soul just might be directed at the SR-16." That's exactly what i feel like getting.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Andrew McIntosh on June 08, 2014, 04:23:20 AM
Got one a few years ago but haven't used it much. Find the pads a bit too tight, not very flexible. Decent sound, but requires a fair bit of tweaking for mine.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Marko-V on July 04, 2014, 03:42:41 PM
I actually ended up bying one. Very affordable. A bit clumsy but I really like some of those drum sounds, especially when run through efx chain and/or overloading through mixer.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Leatherface on July 04, 2014, 09:19:55 PM
Someone try the Korg Volca Beats?


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: GEWALTMONOPOL on July 05, 2014, 04:00:06 PM
Yes. Sounds alright but I expected more. On a whole I am underwhelmed by it.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: tiny_tove on July 10, 2014, 08:23:23 AM
I intended to buy that, but something is peventing me to go for it.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: Leewar on March 11, 2015, 09:01:41 PM
Anyone know what drum machine is used on this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W50isO4czU

Ive loved the 'not sounding remotely realistic sound for many years but have never been able to figure out what it is.


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: softmachine on September 15, 2015, 08:37:21 PM
re: the Korg Volca Beats

as a total newbie, i'm tinkering with the Volca Bass and Keys.... so when I get a drum machine I expect it'll be the Beats I go for


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: 666ENKI666 on January 06, 2016, 05:46:39 AM
Has anybody used Alesis SR 16? Godflesh used it and I dig that cold unnatural no-nonsense drum machine sound of their early albums. Vintagesynth.com tells that: "No doubt the SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine. All those bumper stickers about drum machines having no soul just might be directed at the SR-16." That's exactly what i feel like getting.

I have one but it is on the fritz right now, there is no display when fired up. It is okay but I would like something with more options, the SR-16 is extremely limited and apparently fragile. How is the Volca Beats? Can you plug it directly into an amp?


Title: Re: Drum machines
Post by: calaverasgrande on June 02, 2016, 11:27:57 PM
Has anybody used Alesis SR 16? Godflesh used it and I dig that cold unnatural no-nonsense drum machine sound of their early albums. Vintagesynth.com tells that: "No doubt the SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine. All those bumper stickers about drum machines having no soul just might be directed at the SR-16." That's exactly what i feel like getting.
They used an HR16 (or HR16b). The SR-16 came out a few years later and has a higher resolution and more features. The HR16 sounds a little uglier and looks uglier. But it has the genius feature that the lid flips open to reveal a cheat sheet for using the unit. I rocked one myself for about 10 years. Easy to use, sounds good in a 'I dont even try to sound like a Roland' kind of way. The cymbals can be brutal good when pitched down.

I currently use an Elektron Machinedrum as my drum machine. It does a fair approximation of a vintage drum machine. But can also do thousands of un-drum machine sounds. Pure sine, and pure noise are options for example. Which you can then modulate, effect and mix.
Also it has some pretty damn clever tools for making songs out of your patterns. Such as muting tracks within the pattern.
There is a sample capable version the Machinedrum UW.  And the thing is made in Sweden, of metal.
I also own the A4. Which has lately been making me forget my modular, my Moogs and my Roland. Sure it is not as 'fat' as some synths, but I am not making dance music. So I am comfortable with that.