The Es­sen­tial Drum Ma­chine Mas­ter­class

Push your beat­mak­ing hard­ware to its lim­its

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In our hum­ble opin­ion, an elec­tronic mu­si­cian that doesn’t love drum ma­chines shouldn’t be trusted. Yes, syn­thetic per­cus­sion has been ab­so­lutely rinsed to death by now, and th­ese sounds are of­ten used in for­mu­laic ways, but that’s why it’s so spe­cial when a pro­ducer ac­tu­ally does some­thing fresh and un­ex­pected with them. We love the 808’s boom­ing kick; the ma­chine-gun 909 snares; those ‘cow­bells’ and ‘rimshots’; and all the other tinny ’80s drum sounds that evoke mem­o­ries of late nights danc­ing to me­chan­i­cal grooves.

That’s why, over the fol­low­ing few pages, we’re go­ing to break away from the norm to ex­plore the cre­ative uni­verse of drum com­put­ers, groove­boxes and elec­tronic beats in the search for new and ex­cit­ing sounds. Whether syn­the­sized or sam­pled, drum ma­chine tones de­serve to be treated as ex­per­i­men­tally, ag­gres­sively and cre­atively as any clas­sic synth. Let’s jump in over the page and push our beats to some ex­cit­ing new places.

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