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Beginner Drum Machine?

Discussion in 'Budget Gear' started by Binaural2010, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Binaural2010

    Binaural2010 Member

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    Looking to buy a good beginners drum machine but i'm not too sure what's good.The ones i've checked out have a cheezy bass playing along.I just want drums,no bass. Any recommendations? Thanks
     
  2. BobRogers

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    I have an early version of this Zoom machine that I use for practicing. Easy to program. Great for practice. I never record it, but I haven't recorded music where I want drum samples. I think my daughter plans to record some electronica/techno this summer so I may have to pay attention to drum samples then. But for now, the Zoom suits me fine.
     
  3. Binaural2010

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    Does it have a cheezy bass playing along with it?
     
  4. Kapt.Krunch

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    Not sure which drum machines you have checked out, but I can't imagine any that has a cheezy bass that can't be turned off. In fact, there are not that many "drum machines" that have a bass, other than a kick drum, at all. And, how would the bass know what to play, anyway, unless you programmed it in?

    Are you asking about actual drum machines? What have you looked at already?

    Kapt.Krunch
     
  5. Binaural2010

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    Some of the one's i've check out have a bass playing along with the pre-sets which sounds absolutely horrible.Is there a couple you could recommend that won't break the bank.Just looking to do demos with it. Thanks for your help
     
  6. AudioGaff

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    Used Roland TR-707, TR-727, TR-626, TR-606 and many others. Just drums. Some even have separate outputs for each drum sound in addition to the stereo out.
     
  7. Davedog

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    I have the little Zoom machine also. Its the RT123. I use it to compose, jam to (when the drummer is busy) and its a great machine to make click tracks with since the side-stick sound is so good and positive. They are cheap and they also have a cheezy bass you can turn on or off at your discretion. You can also program the cheezey bass to do what you want it to in conjunction with programming a song into the machine. The drum sounds are good and the percussion stuff is even better. I actually will double a bass line with the cheezy bass by simply playing along with it. Sometimes. Theres enough playing pads on it to get an octave and a half. I think I paid $25 for mine used.
     
  8. dvdhawk

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    The Alesis SR-16 is a decent sounding drum machine. They've been making them, virtually unchanged for 20 years. I did a project with one nearly that long ago, not bad at all. Used $25-$50, new $100 range. It has 100% beefy drum sounds, and no cheezy bass guitar filler.
     
  9. Jeremy

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    Just get an 808!!!!!!
     
  10. moonbaby

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    I've had a couple of SR16's in the past. When you buy them used, you HAVE to test the big volume control. They get REAL scratchy and intermittent very easily, and then you're sunk. I've gone to the Zoom 234 (I think that's the model #) and it's been quite musical for my uses.
     
  11. jammster

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    A good friend of mine has one of these. I agree with moonbaby, very musical and was very impressed with what my guitarist friend was doing with it.

    All the somewhat older Alesis drum boxes are quite decent, although I have always had a Multi sampler and never needed one.
     

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