drum machines

Holiday 2012: Electronic Drum Kits from Alesis, Roland & Yamaha

This holiday article takes a look at some of the most popular electronic drum kits from three of the most widely respected electronic drum kit manufacturers—Alesis, Roland and Yamaha. These nine kits cover everything from the most affordable beginner kits up through high-end professional kits.

Hands-On Review: Arturia Spark Hardware Drum Machine Synthesizer

This hybrid hardware/software drum machine offers great drum sounds while the controller makes programming and performing easy and fun.

Hands-On Review: the BKE Beat Thang

When a drum machine is conceived by someone who actually produces music in today’s market, the result has a pedigree that’s hard to beat. Geared towards creators of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Urban Pop, the Beat Thang combines sampling, drum programming and sequencing into a portable, easy-to-use machine.

Elektron Music Hardware: Subatomic Power and Complexity

Here’s the situation: you’re interested in making beats, grooves and sequences, but you want to go far deeper than just playing samples and presets. 

The Akai MPC Lives On

The Akai MPC line of drum machines is legendary, beginning with the original MPC60 through its numerous hardware incarnations. Produced in collaboration with designer Roger Linn, the MPC line combines MIDI sequencing and audio sampling into a complete drum production environment.

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