9. Modal Electronics Craft Rhythm
The Future Music/Computer Music/MusicRadar Best in music tech 2018 polls received thousands of votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the personalities and gear that have excelled in 2018. Here, we present the best new drum machines and samplers of 2018. First up we have the Modal Electronics Craft Rhythm...
We say: A fun, potentially useful little instrument, and building it yourself adds to the experience. Not an essential purchase though.
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8. Pioneer DJ DJS-1000
We say: The DJS-1000 bridges the gap between DJ and studio better than anything else on the market right now.
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7. Teenage Engineering PO Speak
We say: Created with Sonic Charge’s Magnus Lidström, who also developed the PO-32 Tonic, Speak is a vocal synth that lets users sample short chunks of audio and process these via one of eight ‘voices’.
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6. MFB Tanzbär 2
We say: The Tanzbär 2 is a further development of the successful Tanzbär with a slightly different concept. In addition to the LCD display, emphasis has been placed on a hybrid structure, which allows for more versatile sound selection, and the bass voice has also been upgraded to a fully-fledged synthesizer. The drum machine features 7 analog percussion instruments, an analog bass synthesizer, 3 digital sample voices with analog multifilters and 10 sample instruments.
5. Teenage Engineering PO K.O!
We say: With the KO! these are 16 sample tracks, with a shared sample memory of up to 40 seconds. These come pre-loaded with a selection of sounds, but each can be easily overwritten by recording via the mic or mini-jack input.
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4. Moog DFAM
We say: A unique and inspiring percussion synth, and the perfect partner to the Mother-32. The lack of MIDI is disappointing though.
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3. Arturia DrumBrute Impact
We say: Not the most versatile on the market, but it combines quality drum synth sounds with a killer sequencer, at a very tempting price.
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2. Elektron Analog RYTM II
We say: There’s good reason to upgrade - the new hardware, user sampling, individual outs, and QPER are all indispensable additions.
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Winner: Roland TR-8S
We say: An excellent update that builds on the success of its predecessor in all the right ways. The best Roland release in some time.
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