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Discussion in 'Home Recording Studio' started by Shoegoo, May 31, 2020.
Anyone using the Boss DR 880? What are the latest machines? Just curious.
I think most of us are programming drums in a DAW rather than using hardware drum machines.
Edit: Which is making me think it would be fun to get an old drum machine out of the closet and base a song on one of the odd sounding beats.
You don't see a lot of stand alone drum machines these days, it's primarily controllers such as the Akai MPC or Native Instruments Maschine, after that they are done in software machines.
If you want the tactile feel of playing drum machine pads get a inexpensive controller and software for your computer.
The last one I had was a CR-1000 that I used to put through a battery amp when playing (pub beer garden) acoustic sessions about 20 years ago.
Using this Alesis 16 for many years, playing live with it... Never had any problems and i'm so used to it I can't imagine I would have to change for another brand...
Abbey Road Drums.
DAW and Addictive Drums 2.
DAW and Steven Slate Drums.
I started with a synsonics in the 80's.
Now I use the DAW - and Addicitive Drums 2 - I can use midi loops or sometimes I play on a roland ekit and run into midi and AD2.
Back around 1980 or so, drum machines were a new and unfamiliar thing. My friends and I got a good laugh from the Holiday Inn lounge band (don’t ask me what we were doing there listening to that) that had one instead of a real drummer. They had named the drum machine though, and talked to it and bought it drinks. I wondered what their old drummer had been like to make them so happy to have a fake one.
I have this thing that is probably ok but I could never get next to it. I think because the phrase “semi quaver” seemed like part of a satanic chant. It was/is over my head.
used an Alesis sr16 until it stopped working, tried a boss dr880 once with no manual. never done midi yet.
I'm cheap (with lots of help from wife), and old, which puts a damper on updating
I've used BIAB and the Digitech Trio with good results.
Funny this should come up. I’ve had an SR-18 for years. Didn’t get much use. But, we currently have an intransigent drummer, so I pulled it out. Trying to program some songs and redoing the learning curve on the machine. Almost as much fun as I remembered
Looking on Sweetwater today, then later on Alesis website, and both the SR-16 and the SR-18 still appear to be front line products. Both are well over a decade old. I think I bought mine within a year of when it was released, so it is over a decade old. Can’t think of a lot of digital products that I still use after that amount of time.
Abbey Road drums.
Or Steven Slate, sometimes. But mostly, usually one of the Abbey Road libraries, cause they’re awesome.
I do have a DR880 but I haven't used it in years.
These days I use DAW and Addictive Drums 2 most of the time and occasionally sequence from my Kurzweil Forte 7 which has some pretty cool sounds in it.
Did you ever find an opportunity to utilize the "Mambo" "Cha Cha" or "Rumba" settings?
Buddy Holly songs mambo quite nicely.
Yeah, I have a Pandora box. It includes a drum machine. I can set the metronome and then all the drum settings go to that tempo. I love that. There are settings I never use but it covers a lot. My wife got it for me back in the 90s but only recently got into it to improve my timing and rhythm skills. For improvising, it sets the tempo, then I set down a melody/chord combo. It helps create an atmosphere to bring in smaller chords, momentarily, or just expand on the melody line. right now I'm working on a 16 beat 4/4 at 110 beats per minute It's pretty funky and hard not to bust out a couple of moves