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The best machine for rock, blues, and metal. This could work for hip-hop, R&B and pop as well but I’m sure you could find better machines for those applications (especially for hip hop) other than this one. The samples in this drum machine are mostly realistic, acoustic drum and percussion samples. Perfect for me and any guitarists, pianists, organists, bass players (it does do bass accompaniment too, but you can turn it off by holding mute and pressing the bass button) or any other musicians who require realistic drum sounds.
This machine is great for songwriting, recording, and live performances alike! Most likely, it’ll be the only machine you need. It’s been around a while but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s outdated. It is not. Do yourself a solid and pick one up when your financial situation allows.
My preference is to use the Step Edit Mode to reproduce drum parts from the artists whose songs I already play on the guitar. My intention is to make the drum track sound like a human player as best as I can, and not like a machine. Each "drum event" has to be individually inputted with certain qualities and nuances a drummer would employ while he or she is playing the song. I played drums in bands myself for many years, so I know what I want from the sound of each instrument within the context of the song's arrangement. Unfortunately, this step-by-step programming required that I press the "pads" probably a thousand times or so just to complete my first song! Consequently, I developed tendonitis in my left wrist so painful that I drove myself to the local hospital emergency room! I've seen an orthopedist, I've been wearing a brace for 3 weeks, and tomorrow I start physical therapy. Now I'm off the drum machine and the guitar. So "real-time programming," sounds like you're playing with a robot on drums, and "step editing" can put you in the hospital! Full disclosure:I've been susceptible to repetitive motion injuries in the past so maybe I should have known better. To others who are in the same boat-beware!
Only down sides are the drum patterns cannot be saved with its own tempo and no back light display making it difficult to see in low light. Also if it ran on batteries it would've been better so that I can work on it out of the studio or session.
But considering this thing has been around since the start of the internet, (when dial up 14.4k AOL was still considered cool) its not bad.
Thickness....yes that is what I am looking for in a drum machine...thickness..,..what idgit put that category on a review for a drum machine...? It’s a great sounding drum machine.quick learning curve...I use it for live gigs..I hook it to a volume pedal...the drum sounds are impressive..many many beats to choose from.