Drum Machines Buyers Guide
Another of our regular guides for the Electro-Musician.
Time for another Buyers Guide, and this month we look at the percussive world of drum machines, fast becoming a necessity for the complete electro-musician and an almost essential item in any home recording set-up. If you are looking for a drum machine, you'll need first to consider the most important parameter how much cash is there rattling around in the piggy bank? In our selection of all the relevant drum machines available that we've listed here, you could quite easily spend anything from 70 quid to over two grand, so it's well worth considering next just exactly what it is you want the machine to do.
Will it for example, just have to bash out a reasonably consistent bump-thwack all the way through your fabulous ditties, or do you want to be able to program intros, breaks, fills, outros, and all those other twiddly bits? Do you need to control accurately the individual sounds of the 'drum kit', or do you just want a loud-ish din in the cans?
Only you can answer these heart-rending questions, and all the other intricate self-analysis involved in Buying Something. The Buyers Guide is here simply to aid and abet you in the task: here you will find just drum machines — no drum synths, no sequencer-family add-ons, but pure and simple (and not-so-simple) drum machines.
As ever, the prices shown are INCLUSIVE OF VAT, and we suggest that you check further with distributors and suppliers for additional information that lack of space prevents us from printing. Remember to mention E&MM when making your enquiries — and good luck!
AN — alpha numeric; inc — including; pres — preset; prog — programmable; RR — Roy Rogers; trig — trigger; var— variation; x2 — two locations per 'memory'.
BOSSRoland (UK) Ltd., (Contact Details).
|DR55 'Doctor Rhythm'||Prog: 4 voices, 8 memories (x2), Trig in/out||99.00|
CLEFClef Products (Electronics) Ltd., (Contact Details).
|Master Rhythm||Prog: 7 voices (each with 3 var), 12 memories (x2), fill-ins, internal independent adjustment.|
|Kit form, direct||79.00|
EKOJohn Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd., (Contact Details).
|Ritmo 12||Pres: 12 rhythms, trig out.||120.00|
|Ritmo 20||Pres: 8 voices, 20 rhythms, conga-tom sustain, intro/fill-in, start/stop (also remote), 6 gains on voices.||180.00|
ELKAElka Orla (UK) Ltd., (Contact Details).
|Sidekick 32||Pres: 10 voices, 16 rhythms (x2), fill with optional foot-pedal control||250.00|
GODWINSisme UK Ltd., (Contact Details).
|Drummaker 45||Pres: 15 rhythms (each with 3 var). Adjustable var every 1-4 bars. Includes keyboard or pedalboard for auto accomp. Bass, chords, arpeggios plus memory and pitch control with keyboard or pedalboard||625.00|
HAMMONDHammond Organ (UK) Ltd., (Contact Details).
|AV64||Pres: 9 voices, 16 rhythms (each with 4 var). Adjustable for var every 1-4 bars plus fill||425.00|
KORGRose-Morris & Co. Ltd., (Contact Details).
|KR33||Pres: 12 voices, 48 rhythms, trig out||235.00|
|KR55||Pres: 12 voices, 48 rhythms, trig out, +var, gain and output per voice||325.00|
LINNVarious suppliers, including: Argent's Keyboards, (Contact Details); Scenic Sounds Equipment, (Contact Details); Syco Systems, (Contact Details).
|LinnDrum (new so-called 'LM2')||Prog: 16 voices (inc. cymbals), 49 'rhythm patterns', external triggering, trig in/out, cassette dump, gain output and pan per voice, user-changeable voices. Quoted prices range from:||1950.00 to 2700.00|
MCSMovement Audio-Visual, (Contact Details).
|Percussion Computer||Computer's drum option: set time/real time (external triggering), 14 voices, 10 memories (+ cassette dump), trig in/out, multiple control functions per voice||2068.85|
OBERHEIMArgent's Keyboards, (Contact Details).
|DMX (new)||Prog: 24 voices, 50 'pre-programmed rhythm sequences', trig in/out, cassette dump, output per voice, 16-character AN display||1650.00|
ROLANDRoland (UK) Ltd., (Contact Details).
|CR8000||14 voices on voice-card, 24 preset rhythms, 7 preset intro/fills, 8 prog memories, 6 gains to summed output||399.00|
|CR5000||Pres: similar to 8000, but without prog functions||299.00|
|TR606||Prog: 7 voices, 16 memories (x2), trig in/out, 5 gains to summed output||199.00|
|TR808||16 voices, 16 memories (x2), trig in/out, gain and output per voice||699.00|
SOUNDMASTERStrings & Things Ltd., (Contact Details).
|SR88||Prog: 4 voices, 8 memories (x2), trig out, fill-ins||72.95|
|ST305 (new)||Prog: 8 voices, 8 memories (x2), trig in/out, gain and output per voice||124.95|
WERSIElectroVoice Ltd., (Contact Details). Aura Sounds, (Contact Details).
|Wersimatic WM24||Pres: 15 voices, 24 rhythms, fill, snare roll||kit 327.00 |
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