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The Importance Of The Drum Machine In Hip Hop Beats And Rap Instrumentals

By Delroy Wilkins

In the past, getting information about the drum machine online was quite difficult. You could easily get overwhelmed by the large number of equipment available then. Understanding what specific function a piece of equipment performed was even harder. Majority of equipment available then performed different tasks at once. It was easy to get confused about different equipment such as synthesizers and keyboards. This article will discuss the different terms you might come across and their respective meanings.

The drum machine can come either in software or hardware form. In short, you can simply regard is as a piece of music making equipment. Although existing in software form, it falls within a larger system of programs which work together to create sounds. Today, a single piece of music making equipment is capable of handling multiple tasks.

The main function of the drum machine is the creation of drum sounds that can be used in beat making. Early drum machines came with pre-created drum sounds that limited the producer’s ability of making custom sounds. Music producers were therefore expected to buy a drum machine after carefully identifying the types of drum sounds the machine came with. The Roland TR-808 is one of the popular drum machines that were recognized due to its distinct and clear sounds. Today’s drum machines offer more flexibility as you can now use your own sound samples. You can also download and use samples from third party sources as well as existing tracks.

Another function of the drum machine is to allow the producer to create drum parts on the machine through a programming function. In short, this function provides a sequencer that is tailor made for drums. This is a feature that allows the producer to create constant notes on a bar through filling in steps on a sequencer layout or through the use of drum pads. Both methods are fairly easy.

To recap, the drum machine serves two main functions, drum beat creation and beat programming. Without these functions, the drum machine is virtually useless. With technological advancement, drum machines can perform other different functions above these two. Today’s drum machines come with other hidden but important functions. These functions are quite important in any hip hop beats production project. Do yourself a favor and invest a good drum machine. They are absolutely essential for hip-hop and will make you a better producer in the long run.

Learn more about hip hop beats. Stop by Delroy Wilkins’s site where you can find out all about rap instrumentals and what it can do for you.

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