Drum Machine

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by Powelly » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:53 pm

Looks very nice.
But, is it easy to use, for a beginner?

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by Z » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:45 am

For a beginner, I recommend the Alesis SR-16, Roland TR-505 or TR-626.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by bhrama » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:45 pm

People dog the h**l out of the Boss DR-202, and it does have it's shortcomings, but for under $150 bucks you get alot of bag for it's buck. This was my first drum machine, and it taught me a ton on how to program. Plus is has that fun bass synth section. The on-board effects, i.e filter, resonance aren't bad either. In all, a good beginner piece IMO

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by Powelly » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:28 am

Well the alesis SR-16 has had a lot of mentions, so i'll look into that.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by supermel74 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:46 am

Korg EM-1 is definitely worth a look if you can spend around $200.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by wiss » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:35 am

normally around $100 if not less.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by Powelly » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:26 am

Ooh, that DR-202 does sound quite nice.
ANy other suggestions?

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by gordwiebe » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:41 am

From what I can tell you are looking for, I'd recommend:

Boss DR series- dr670 and dr3 are still in production and can be found used cheap. Also look out/do research for others in this line (550,660,770 etc...) - they are made for easy use/beginners and can be affordable and feature rich.
The dr202 is fun... but the limited/dated sounds get old quick.

Zoom drum machines can be had for real cheap and are quite good actually. Check out those (I'm not sure about the product #'s/lineage/dates of production).

The sr16 is highly regarded but is a little stale in the sound department - check out the newer sr18 - you may be able to find it used in your budget.

If you are looking for realistic drum sounds (which I think you are) stay away from anything older - even top of the line machines from 5-10 years ago can't touch the most affordable newer machines in production.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by madrasputin » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:57 pm

My advice would be the Roland D2 that Balma suggested and the Alesis SR18 that Gordwiebe suggested. Can't go wrong with either of those two. The older Korg Electribes are quite nice and cheap as well like the EM-1 (my personal fave of the older electribes). Gordwiebe also mentioned the Zoom drum machines and they are pretty cheap price wise but I didn't find them as nice sounding as the others that I and the other posters on this topic have already suggested. At any rate happy hunting and I'm sure you'll get one that suits you just fine and in your price range!

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by gordwiebe » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:28 pm

Not to be a j**k, but...

The D2 is probably the worst idea for somebody looking for a drum machine (especially a beginner)!
Terrible, cryptic interface, not that many sounds and barely any editability on the drums makes this a bad recommendation... steer clear!
And, I owned and enjoyed one for years!

If one must have a budget groovebox the Roland mc505, mc307 and Yamaha rm1x are super cheap to get these days...

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by madrasputin » Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:00 pm

gordwiebe wrote:Not to be a j**k, but...

The D2 is probably the worst idea for somebody looking for a drum machine (especially a beginner)!
Terrible, cryptic interface, not that many sounds and barely any editability on the drums makes this a bad recommendation... steer clear!
And, I owned and enjoyed one for years!

If one must have a budget groovebox the Roland mc505, mc307 and Yamaha rm1x are super cheap to get these days...
Hey gordwiebe, no offense taken man I actually thought about what you said and the D2 does have quite the cryptic interface and a lack of a cornucopia of sounds to choose from. So honestly you weren't being a j**k at all! After all, we are all just trying to help the OP get the most bang for his proverbial buck in a good, stable drum machine.
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Re: Drum Machine

Post by somebedroomdj » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:40 pm

MC-307 has a lot of good drums, is easy to program and is not a bad sequencer. Otherwise, have you considered any of the Zoom RT series? I had an RT-323 and it was a lot of fun and not too hard to learn. It's good for realistic drum sounds, but is not limited to that. Very clear sounding. Should run you about $100-125 on Ebay. I've been seeing their other models going for much cheaper than that lately.
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Re: Drum Machine

Post by Powelly » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:27 am

Well the MC-307 seems to go for around $400? So that seems quite expensive.
The d2 certainly looks interesting, but there seem to be none on ebay.
The SR-18 looks nice, but its ~$300 so a bit expensive.

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by thefleeingloaf » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:25 pm

I'm going to add another vote for the Korg ER-1. It was my first drum machine, and I had it for several years before upgrading/sidestepping to the MFB-503, then the Machinedrum.

It's imminently flexible, astoundingly easy to use, and features a fantastic sequencer with lots of flashing lights. My complaints were that the kick and snare were a bit thin, but with proper processing in the box, it sounds great. Thomas Melchior uses one, so it's clear that the ER-1 can kick out Perlon-ready beats.

Hey, all this reminiscing makes me miss mine!

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Re: Drum Machine

Post by RD9 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:39 pm

Korg Electribe series boxes are definitely the easiest to use. I think it has to do with the brightly lit step and part buttons. Very clear visual feedback.

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