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Steinberg Releases Backbone Drum Re-synthesizer for Unique Sound Design
Backbone is Steinberg’s one-of-a-kind drum re-synthesizer, introducing new ways to design intricate drum sounds for every style of music.
May. 27, 2020
Roland Announces TAIKO-1, Portable Electronic Version of Japanese Taiko Drum
The new Taiko-1 is a classic Japanese percussion instrument infused with Rolandâ€™s leading digital percussion technology.
Feb. 6, 2020
Review: 8raw8 Analog Drum Machine
The 8raw8 is an expander that produces the same analog sound as a Roland TR-808 but without the step-sequencing capabilities Check out Rishabh Rajan's video review to see it in action.
Aug. 9, 2019
Boubou Is A New 5 Voice Analogue Eurorack Drum Synth
With a bunch of routing and processing options, Bobou by Quanalog could be the only drum synth your Eurorack setup needs. Here's what to expect from it.
Jul. 16, 2019
7 Quick Tips For Mixing Drums
Mixing drums is one of the most important parts of producing music, and potentially one of the most delicate. Joe Albano shares 7 quick but invaluable tips to help you get it right.
May. 2, 2019
Multi-Clip Construction In Ableton Live 10
Live 10â€™s new Multi-Clip editing is a powerful tool for comparing MIDI clips in Arrange View, and building polyrhythmic and other advanced sequences. Noah Pred explains how it works.
Oct. 31, 2018
UVI Releases Drum Designer, Modern Drum Instrument & Sequencer
UVI releases Drum Designer, a modern drum instrument - including powerful Kick, Snare, Clap and Cymbal sound design engines, dedicated sequencer and more.
Sep. 21, 2018
Elastic Drums 2.2 Update From MoMinstruments Brings Tweaks To Sample Recording
Micro recording tweaks in the Sample Player, MIDI recording improvements and more can all be found in this free update to Elastic Drums.
Aug. 14, 2018
Review: Intellijel Plonk Percussive Eurorack Synth Module
As well as having an amazing name, this eurorack module offers up a whole world of percussive textures and even melodic sounds. Jade Wii meets the Intellijel Plonk...
Feb. 15, 2018
Essential Arturia Drumbrute Beat Making Tips
Adam Pollard is here to walk you through your first steps with Arturia's powerful DrumBrute. Make your first beat by following his advice in this short video.
Jan. 23, 2018
Review: Big Fish Audio Sequence
Big Fish Audio's latest Kontakt-based instrument delivers multiple classic drum machines, effects and a powerful sequencer. Plus it's affordable, as Hollin Jones discovered.
Sep. 26, 2017
5 Unusual Drum Programming Tips
Most people know how to bash out some beats on a MIDI keyboard, but how about taking things to the next level? Hereâ€™s how to generate some more unusual beats without breaking a sweat.
Sep. 21, 2017
Review: Sonoma Wire Works DrumCore4 Ultra
What if you could get both the sound and the actual playing of some of the world's top drummers in your productions and then edit them? With DrumCore4 Ultra, that's just what you can do.
Sep. 8, 2017
Review: Mixvibes Remixlive
This nifty iOS app combines finger drumming with loop sequencing, live fx and even sample editing. Best of all, much of its functionality comes completely free. Hollin Jones investigates Remixlive.
DJ & Live Performance
Sep. 3, 2017
Review: Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Superior Drummer 3 represents a massive upgrade, with artificial intelligence just one of its major new features. In this world-first review, Shane Berry takes you in-depth with Toontrack's latest.
Aug. 15, 2017
How To Keep Your Drum 'n' Bass Tracks Sounding Dynamic, Varied And Interesting
A lack of variation can be the death of any drum'n'bass project. In this short video, Multiplier shows you a few simple tricks to keep your drums and basses interesting over the course of a track.
Jul. 20, 2017
Watch Hidden Features in New Roland TR-09 Revealed
Roland's re-issue of its classic 909 drum machine as the TR-09 has happened already. But doesn't mean the story is over. This video demonstrates how to access some hidden parameters in the machine.
Sep. 28, 2016
BopPad: World's Most Responsive & Accurate Drum Pad From KMI & BeBop Sensors
The Kickstarter campaign for the BopPad smart drum pad reached its Kickstarter goal in just 3 days! Find out more about this collaboration between BeBop Sensors and Keith McMillen Instruments.
Sep. 14, 2016
Review: Ruismaker Drum Synthesizer Plug-In for iOS
Fancy a synthesizer drum machine that sounds like your old vintage drum synth with plenty of tweakability as an audio unit plugin for iPad & iPhone? Welcome to Ruismaker. We were seriously impressed.
G.W. Childs IV
Sep. 5, 2016
Check Out This MAD-5 MIDI Analog Drum Machine From AVP Synth
Itâ€™s not everyday we come across an analog MIDI drum machine that looks this inviting. The MAD-5 MIDI Analog Drum Box builds on the success of AVP Synthâ€™s earlier music machines. We are very excited.
Aug. 2, 2016
Drum & Bass Production Tip: Adding Drum Variations
Keeping your Drum and Bass tunes from sounding overly repetitive can be a challenge. In this video tutorial, Multiplier offers some useful advice for adding subtle variations to the drum track.
May. 14, 2016
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