Whats your favorite Drum Machines?
Old 1st November 2012
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Whats your favorite Drum Machines?

So as I have a bit of a fetish for Drum Machines I wanted to know what your favorite drum machines or machine is and why?

In the years some of my favorites have been

The LinnDrum- so clean and crisp sounding. Great unit- Still have it, do not use anymore.

Emu SP 1200- I liked it mainly for the 12 bit resolution and how you can just move those sliders and go crazy. Still around collecting dust.

Akai MPC 60 & 3000- Groove, I think these things have the best swing and groove ever. A little outdated now and have not turned them on for a long time.

Roland 909- I remember when my father gave me this I was nearly in tears lol, my father kept it safe for years then for my birthday years ago he gave it to me. Wow what else can I say. Still in immaculate condition and has never let me down.

Elektron md uw mkii-My latest addition, awesome. Nuff said.
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808, 606, 707
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808, 606, 707
Ahh I was tempted to put the 808 on the list, it is an amazing sounding machine. Hard to be replicated.

Never really messed around with the 606 and 707. Kind of always moved on to something else.
I do however often think of getting them, but seriously how many drum machines can one person have.
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i can definitely relate to the drum machine addiction lol..

let's see i think my favorite is probably my 808: most versatile, impossible to make it sound bad, a/b variation and fill are awesome features

909 is a close second, i use it mostly for the kick/snare/clap and occasional rim shot, love the pattern chain
707 i haven't been using much lately but it's pretty cool sounding and has excellent sync options

MPC60 is the brain of my studio, it's the master clock and i sequence my synths from it, sampling is an extra
SP1200, i'll admit i don't use it enough, i've thought of selling it often (considering the high amount they go for these days) but every time i do turn it on, it's immediate love, mega quick workflow, grimy sound and swings like no other.

modern day wise, i use tempest which very strangely enough i end up using the drum samples mostly instead of the analog sounds but it's probably just cuz i'm lazy… octatrack is also pretty incredible despite the complexity..
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"We call him Yella, he is the best
He rocks the house on the DMX
When he's on the beatbox, he cannot miss
So listen to the beat, as he rocks like this..."
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^ NWA?

i'll admit i'd love a LinnDrum or DMX, but i think i get close with their sounds in the SP1200
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i can definitely relate to the drum machine addiction lol..

let's see i think my favorite is probably my 808: most versatile, impossible to make it sound bad, a/b variation and fill are awesome features

909 is a close second, i use it mostly for the kick/snare/clap and occasional rim shot, love the pattern chain
707 i haven't been using much lately but it's pretty cool sounding and has excellent sync options

MPC60 is the brain of my studio, it's the master clock and i sequence my synths from it, sampling is an extra
SP1200, i'll admit i don't use it enough, i've thought of selling it often (considering the high amount they go for these days) but every time i do turn it on, it's immediate love, mega quick workflow, grimy sound and swings like no other.

modern day wise, i use tempest which very strangely enough i end up using the drum samples mostly instead of the analog sounds but it's probably just cuz i'm lazy… octatrack is also pretty incredible despite the complexity..
ahhh nice one. Seems like you own a few of the machines I own.
Akai MPC 60, damn I created most of my tracks on this alone when starting out. This was my studio, all I needed was this and a turntable and I could be on my way.

Do not sell the SP1200, seriously dont do it.

I wish I could come around to the Tempest as I love the sequencer. It will never go as i know one day Ill be back on it again.

Octatrack well not been there.
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^ NWA?

i'll admit i'd love a LinnDrum or DMX, but i think i get close with their sounds in the SP1200
Close enough - The World Class Wreckin Cru
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"We call him Yella, he is the best
He rocks the house on the DMX
When he's on the beatbox, he cannot miss
So listen to the beat, as he rocks like this..."
Hell yeah!! You can tell my roots where all Hip Hop right?
Hip hop guy turned techno, how the f%%% did that happen?
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Hell yeah!! You can tell my roots where all Hip Hop right?
Hip hop guy turned techno, how the f%%% did that happen?
I'm the same mate. Grew up with the Juice Crew moved onto the Belleville 3.
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count me in as well, although it's not really that surprising .. i see it as going full circle
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I'm the same mate. Grew up with the Juice Crew moved onto the Belleville 3.
Nice one...
Ex hip hop boyz make for some crazy EDM beats
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It's a potent formula for sure.
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count me in as well, although it's not really that surprising .. i see it as going full circle
Maybe this thread should have been titled ex hip boyz turn EDM.

You are right it has got to that point now hasn't it.
I cant imagine me ever making hip hop again though, I have tried but after 10 years techno is all I feel now!

Maybe one day Ill get back to the Hip hop beat for now though I just listen to my old hip hop records.
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It's a potent formula for sure.
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Maybe this thread should have been titled ex hip boyz turn EDM.

You are right it has got to that point now hasn't it.
I cant imagine me ever making hip hop again though, I have tried but after 10 years techno is all I feel now!

Maybe one day Ill get back to the Hip hop beat for now though I just listen to my old hip hop records.
Hip Hop's my foundation & gave me an education & the confidence to be myself, Techno's my soul music & my life. I eat, shit & breathe Detroit Techno.
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Hip Hop's my foundation & gave me an education & the confidence to be myself, Techno's my soul music & my life. I eat, shit & breathe Detroit Techno.
Nice one Detroit techno is a great thing.
Keep the beats flowing and dont let the Detroit thing go.
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I'm nearly 40 mate. It's in my dna. 313 forever!!!
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i think the link is essentially it's the same gear used especially drum machines: 808,dmx, sp1200, mpc60/3000.. those were all phreaked in hip-hop/house/techno
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Roland 909- I remember when my father gave me this I was nearly in tears lol, my father kept it safe for years then for my birthday years ago he gave it to me. Wow what else can I say. Still in immaculate condition and has never let me down.
I'm curious, who's father owns a 909!!! What's the history here?
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I'm nearly 40 mate. It's in my dna. 313 forever!!!
Ha ha ha I am 36 tomorrow brother......

Been banging beats for a while now, so I think it is in my DNA also.
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I'm curious, who's father owns a 909!!! What's the history here?
My father was a collector of all sorts of vintage gear.

He still has plenty of gear which he will not give to me.

You should see this guys collection. It will make a grown man cry.
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Roland 909 & Casio RZ-1 is my favorite techno/house combo.

Dan Bell's "Electric Shock" being an obvious example ...
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Ha ha ha I am 36 tomorrow brother......

Been banging beats for a while now, so I think it is in my DNA also.
Have a great Birthday MrTechno!
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i think the link is essentially it's the same gear used especially drum machines: 808,dmx, sp1200, mpc60/3000.. those were all phreaked in hip-hop/house/techno
Amazing the music forms that these machines helped to form.
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Have a great Birthday MrTechno!
Yeah thanks my man.
Hoping someone will give me a new drum machine for my birthday!
Dad you listening.
Lol
Later Future and good luck with the beats buddy!
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Cheers matey, you're welcome!
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All around wise... I have to go with the Roland R-70.

If I had to pick only ONE
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hey MrTechno do you think the machinedrum is worth 1k+ ?
Would you consider it as a workhorse drum machine ?
I usually arrange drums midi or in the sequencer, and id like something more natural, but still get top quality sound (as I would working ITB)
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i've had 606/909/808s/machinedrums/drm/tempest in my past..

and i have to say i have 2 favorites.

acidlab miami- gives me the 808 sound i must have with much greater versatility. i can always rely on it for punchy, classic sounds that cut through a mix and it just sounds GOOD, like an 808 does to my ears. it's also a dream to program via cubase.

machinedrum sps uw mkii+- punchy, cold, hard, digital beats and untold weirdness. it's an electro machine.

the two together give me everything i want for beats and i don't see myself getting rid of either.
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