Originally Posted by Marty Long
You'd be surprised at how many songs you've heard from your favorite artists that have drum samples mixed in to add some extra punch.
As for examples, listen to the whole left audio demo column at the Steven Slate Drums webpage... there are dozens of songs there from various customers that are 100% sampled drums.
link: Welcome to Steven Slate Drums
I've been using DMs and other forms of virtualized drums in my own music since 1981 -- and wanted some kind of a drum machine for years before that -- probably from the first time I heard some used in rock/pop songs in the late 60s and early 70s. Shuggie Otis using one on his breakout album really helped make it seem cool. But, really, I was hooked the first time I saw one attached to a coctail organist's Hammond in the very early 60s. My old man was looking at Allen transistor organs for a couple of dreamy years around then and at one point we got a cool demo of one with a DM built in... of course, it didn't sound any more like drums than the 'flute' stops sounded like flutes, but it sounded utterly
cool to me.
I was a big fan of the mid-late 70s outsider bands that used various drum machines and beat boxes, some of the Eno stuff, Wall of Voodoo, the original
Ultravox [one of those bands you don't even like to mention because a later incarnation was so... well, you know, not a fan
], the Screamers (although they mixed drums with DMs), others.
Still, I've always had a love-hate relationship with DMs and virtual drums... maybe because, while I've often been involved with electronica, dub, downtempo and such, I've also
been pretty immersed in roots music... A lot of times I need a DM or virtual drums that sounded as much like the real thing as possible. And that's always a bit
of a stuggle. (I haven't actually owned a dedicated drum machine in some years -- though I do still cherish though seldom use my Alesis DM5 module... it's got some killer trash
sounds on it. Less good at realism but many of the samples, though insufficiently layered by today's standards, are really nicely recorded.)