Drum Machine. Basic as f*ck but half decent?

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Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 619
edited September 21 in Studio & Recording
Hi all. I love the sounds on this pedal, and the simplicity of it. Turn the knobs, flick the switch.



Is there anything close to this nowadays?

I use VST electro plugins, but find I have to go in and quantize after the fact (on a windows machine) and it can take a while.

Feeding a pedal like the above into the computer would save a whole lot of time and frustration. I am not one to go in and out of menus deep diving etc.

Other option, but I am not sure could be something like the Akai Professional MPD218 , but maybe that just does the exact same thing as a midi keyboard, only it's pads and not keys and it doesn't look like you can loop what you play.

The Arturia keystep 37 also looks like it could be a solution if I needed a keyboard...
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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 2649
    You might find a phone app has that functionality and is much cheaper.

    ive got quite a few iOS drummer apps that sound great, are quick to set up patterns or modify existing ones, can tap a pattern in quickly via screen and have lots of drum sounds.
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  • mrkb said:
    You might find a phone app has that functionality and is much cheaper.

    ive got quite a few iOS drummer apps that sound great, are quick to set up patterns or modify existing ones, can tap a pattern in quickly via screen and have lots of drum sounds.
    Any recommendations? I had one years ago imaschine which was ok.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 7693
    Arturia iSpark on iPad is what I use and it’s great, simple like a hardware machine but enough when you need it. 
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  • dindude said:
    Arturia iSpark on iPad is what I use and it’s great, simple like a hardware machine but enough when you need it. 
    I will check this out. I have been impressed with their products.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 7693
    dindude said:
    Arturia iSpark on iPad is what I use and it’s great, simple like a hardware machine but enough when you need it. 
    I will check this out. I have been impressed with their products.
    Indeed, I bought the mini brute hardware but actually the flexibility and convenience of the iPad version for what I needed made me sell it.
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  • SnapSnap Frets: 5030
    I've got ispark but have never even opened it up! Will have to have a do
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 619
    edited September 7
    I came across this video earlier which is what I am looking to do in theory, but a standalone player would be ok too. Video is called "drum machine style", which I think might solve some of my problems!


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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 1214
    volca beats
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  • Some really fun and easy to use iOS drum machines:
    Dot Drummer
    https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/dot-drummer-drum-with-beats/id939518233

    Figure
    https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/figure-make-music-beats/id511269223

    also the Elektron: Cycles. Lots of fun and easy to use 
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  • I will check them out!
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  • Funk box is ace ,it has vintage Roland etc and a linn drum . iOS 
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  • Fingerlab DM-1 is easy to program. The desktop version offers plenty of usable sounds. The smartphone app probably charges for some of these as in-app purchases

    I love some of the old Roland TR series drum machines but not enough to pay the subscriptions to access the virtual versions.

    I use VST electro plugins but find I have to go in and quantize after the fact (on a windows machine) and it can take a while.
    If you require quantised step time rhythm patterns, just use your DAW's "snap to" function in the MIDI grid editor. Draw your beats with the computer mouse or trackpad.

    If you are using an artificial intelligence algorithm to generate drum parts, use its Swing/shuffle parameter(s) to humanise the drumming.


    Meanwhile, editing the opening post turned the playable YouTube video into an unplayable thumbnail. 
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 3267
    If you want to go proper old school, I've got an old Dr Rhythm on the shelf ...
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  • Fingerlab DM-1 is easy to program. The desktop version offers plenty of usable sounds. The smartphone app probably charges for some of these as in-app purchases

    I love some of the old Roland TR series drum machines but not enough to pay the subscriptions to access the virtual versions.

    I use VST electro plugins but find I have to go in and quantize after the fact (on a windows machine) and it can take a while.
    If you require quantised step time rhythm patterns, just use your DAW's "snap to" function in the MIDI grid editor. Draw your beats with the computer mouse or trackpad.

    If you are using an artificial intelligence algorithm to generate drum parts, use its Swing/shuffle parameter(s) to humanise the drumming.


    Meanwhile, editing the opening post turned the playable YouTube video into an unplayable thumbnail. 
    I edited the original link just now. I like the idea of the Fingerlab. Drag and drop to create a song etc. I did find a Reaper video with some instructions on how to quantize while recording and to loop it to add to the recorded part etc, so that should help for now as well.
    I also have a free VST plugin called MT Power Drums with a library of grooves. I dropped in a groove and replace the VST with an electro one e.g. a Roland TR type kit, and it seems to work too, so a few options discovered since my original post.
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  • Alesis SR16 + effects pedals ? 
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  • SR16 with effects. Best Drum machine ever. The telecaster of the Drum Machine world. Probably 30 years since I bought my first one, recently bought another brand new exactly the same. 
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  • I've had two SR16's, simple, easy to use and decent sounds..... But both slowly crept out of time.... 
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 2613
    What about an Adrenalinn 2. Drums, sync beats, effects and guitar simulations - an All-in-one OR, an Alesis SR16
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  • Well, I picked up a used Alesis SR16. Now to learn how to use it.
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  • ewalewal Frets: 1673
    Hi all. I love the sounds on this pedal, and the simplicity of it. Turn the knobs, flick the switch.



    Is there anything close to this nowadays?

    I use VST electro plugins, but find I have to go in and quantize after the fact (on a windows machine) and it can take a while.

    Feeding a pedal like the above into the computer would save a whole lot of time and frustration. I am not one to go in and out of menus deep diving etc.

    Other option, but I am not sure could be something like the Akai Professional MPD218 , but maybe that just does the exact same thing as a midi keyboard, only it's pads and not keys and it doesn't look like you can loop what you play.

    The Arturia keystep 37 also looks like it could be a solution if I needed a keyboard...
    By the sound of it the EHX drum machine in the video must be the one Low used on Drums & Guns.
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