Beat Of The Drum

Future Music - - NEWS - Si Truss, Ed­i­tor si­mon.truss@fu­

Right from day one, drum ma­chines have pro­vided the foun­da­tion on which dance mu­sic is built. In a prac­ti­cal sense, be­fore DAWs were com­mon-place, the beat­ing pulse of a drum ma­chine would be the heart­beat around which elec­tronic pro­duc­tions were syn­chro­nised. In stylis­tic terms too, it’s not hy­per­bole to state that the not-so-re­al­is­tic sound of Roland’s clas­sic drum boxes have de­fined whole gen­res with their crisp, punchy hits and dis­tinc­tive swing.

Whether it’s sam­ple or synth based, soft­ware or hard­ware, at some point dance mu­sic pro­duc­ers are go­ing to want to get their hands on a drum ma­chine. But with so much use over the years, is there any­where fresh to take your drum ma­chine sounds? Join us on page 26 where we try to do ex­actly that. Don’t for­get to grab this is­sue’s videos and sam­ples from the cover disc and our new down­load site FileSilo, at­ture­Mu­sic

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