what is a good inexpensive, drum machine? I want to purchase my first drum machine to make bedroom jams along w/sum fast guitar riffs. I also like hip hop, so I would like a versatile drum machine that can do both punk & hip hop I guess. I'm thinking of buying the one in pic related. any suggestions?
There are a shitload of cheap lofi 80s drum machines that people sell cheap on ebay because they don't say roland on them. This Kawai R-100 goes way harder than a 909 imo.
Probably the best new one.
I bought an Akai LPD8 for 30 quid
was going to invest in something more expensive but thought I should take it slow
Does the job fine when its used with logic
That's not too bad of a price but I got mine for half that. It is pretty solid and easy to program when you get used to it, all of the sounds are pretty nice and its great to trigger or be triggered through midi. Only problem is since there are no individual outs if you put it through a guitar pedal all the sounds are going to be affected.
Like guitar pedals or an e drum set? Any drum machine you get can go through guitar pedals, it might be a pain without individual outs though. For it's time that R-100 was an extreme piece of studio gear. Even something like an R-50 would be better since it's more akin to a 707. The price of old Roland gear is super inflated now, so it's not really the best time to buy it.
Well that's up to you. It just means you cannot throw only reverb onto the snare and hats or overdrive onto just the bass.
You can mod it to have separate outs but I haven't tried yet.
The Kawais come up sometimes. Other options are Korg DDD-1 and DDD-5, Yamaha RX (RX5, RX7 and RX11 are the best, but the others are usable), Roland R8, Boss DR-770, etc.
I think it's best to not use a shitty drum machine as a stand-in for real drums. Program it in a way that takes advantage of the mechanical nature of it, like Big Black.
I like my Yamaha RX-17, and it's dirt cheap.