What is your favorite drum machine -808 and 909?

(random) #21

Yes i like the the Tempest too

Emu XL-7 still a beauty (in my opinion a great design for a drumachine / groovebox)

(GarrettWang) #22

Quite interesting to see the way these manufacturers set up the effects for their drum machines.

Good to take a look at and try to recreate in renoise.

Real drum recordings ( chopped breakbeat, single hits ) sound so much better than drum machine sounds only in my opinion.

I will admit, breakbeat samples do sound much fatter when layered with synthetic drum sounds. A mix of both is good.

Synthesized snares never sound that good, unless they are layered with samples from a real snare.

Even physical modelling snares dont come close. They are not expressive enough. Too static and mechanical.

Think of all the variables going on inside a real snare ( diameter, depth, skin material, material of body, tuning, hardness/softness of hit, type of mallet, angle of strike, springs in snare etc…). On a real snare every time its hit its a slightly different sound. So much variation ( same with all drums ). Real drums and therefore samples of real drums stilll much better than synthetic drums, maybe always will be ( but synthetic drums layered underneath do add fatness, it has to be said ). Even heavy metal and rock drummers use synthetic drum machine sounds layered with their drums ( with the use of triggers ).

Playing drums or pads of drum machines in real time is more fun to watch too.

A lot of trap music really is annoying with all those synthetic hihats.

Sounds like its designed to be a loud annoying ringtone.

Plus the MC’s are wack these days, not saying anything and cant rhyme.

Its all ‘ten crack commandents’ recycled over and over.

I have to admit I do like the mix of FM hats and real hihats in a tune tho.

(remsky) #23

I like 808 - however I have only experienced it through samples.

I used to have Korg ER-1 - digital drum-synth.

(random) #24

KVLT Drums

Refreshingly different, at the moment my Fav.


(m.arthur) #25

My fav is definitely the Roland R-8.

Especially what Autechre did with it…see ‘Flutter,’ among many others they used it on.

They also used it as a controller for playing their synths, etc. The R-8 has velocity-sensitive pads so it can be very expressive.

Doing pitch effects on the core sounds gets you halfway there…

amazing box. also great for industrial music!

2nd fav is definitely the classic 606, again probably because I’m a junkie for 90s IDM.

(random) #26

new Fav.

Pulsar 23


(GarrettWang) #27

The roland R8 had soundcards with different sample packs on them…anyone know where I can download the full set of samples from all the cards…

you can get a little selection from here