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Drum Machines

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A drum beat is the most important part of nearly every song. The drums set the pace for the other players in the group and help to keep everyone in time. Because drums are so crucial, the question has to be asked, what do you do if you don't have a drummer? The answer is actually quite simple; you invest in a drum machine. With a drum machine you can easily build your own beat to play over and listeners will be none the wiser. Check out a track like 1999 by Prince and you'll hear that drum machines can be seamlessly integrated into your style. Whether you're recording demos at home, hits in the studio, or performing live for thousands of fans, there is a drum machine here that is perfect for you.

If you're not entirely sure where to begin your search, you should probably take a look at some of our best sellers. An option such as the ALESIS SR-16 Drum Machine, for example, offers 233 built in drum and rhythm samples that can be mixed and matched at will, as well as 50 pre-set patterns that were actually played by top studio drummers. It also features MIDI implementation, a footswitch input, editing capabilities and velocity-sensitive pad buttons. Incredibly popular among song writers, live performers, and remixers, this is a great all-around drum machine. Of course, if you're looking for the absolute best of the best, then you'll probably want to set your sights on the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest. This is a true analog drum machine, built for the digital world. This machine features six analog voices, each of which has two analog oscillators and two digital oscillators. With Dave's classic analog low-pass filter and an additional high-pass filter, this machine packs a wonderfully warm punch that any serious performer will love having as part of their setup. And these are only a few of the options available to you. Whether you're cranking out hard charging punk and metal, or remixing your favorite dance track, drum machines are built to give you the beats you need under any circumstances.