Right from day one, drum machines have provided the foundation on which dance music is built. In a practical sense, before DAWs were common-place, the beating pulse of a drum machine would be the heartbeat around which electronic productions were synchronised. In stylistic terms too, it’s not hyperbole to state that the not-so-realistic sound of Roland’s classic drum boxes have defined whole genres with their crisp, punchy hits and distinctive swing.
Whether it’s sample or synth based, software or hardware, at some point dance music producers are going to want to get their hands on a drum machine. But with so much use over the years, is there anywhere fresh to take your drum machine sounds? Join us for this issue’s cover feature where we try to do exactly that.
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Steffi – The DJ and label owner’s Berlin studio is bursting with gear, and it’s our job to find out how she gets the most from it
Vessels – The UK band tell us about the challenges they faced in dropping their guitars and turning fully electronic
Blondes – We speak to Zach Steinman and Sam Haar about their unusual hardware setup and their music making philosophies
The Track: Wehbba – We join the Brazilian beatmaker in his studio to watch him deconstruct his techno floorfiller Fake
Classic Album – Simian Mobile Disco, break down their classic LP Attack Decay Sustain Release
Drum Machine Masterclass – Push your beatboxes into unexplored territory with our full guide and accompanying samples and video
Producer’s Guide to Maschine – Exploring Ideas View, Bass Synth and more
Modular Monthly – We explore Qu-Bit Electronix Chance
Toolkit – Get that classic space sound with vintage reverb emulations
Native Instruments Maschine Mk3
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol Mk2
Vox Continental 61
Stam Audio SA4000 compressor
Round-up: UAD 9.3
Analogue Solutions Dr Strangelove
Group test: iOS studio accessories
Vocoded Loops – Inspiring samples of instruments, drums and more fed through vocoder setups
Dub Percussion – Get into the vibe with this collection of reverb- and delay-heavy percussion hits
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