Transistor Rhythm

808 Drum programming (by Eekkoo) from Eekkoo on Vimeo.

Roland TR-727 from Clocklife on Vimeo.

I start my songwriting with the drums. Touching actual buttons and watching flashing lights go left to right as the sequencer plays is more fun than pushing around a mouse. My iPad is getting a lot of attention these days for the fun factor too but the sound is not exactly the same.

“The famous Roland TR-808 was also launched in 1980. At the time it was received with little fanfare, as it did not have digitally sampled sounds; drum machines using digital samples were much more popular. In time, though, the TR-808, along with its successor, the TR-909 (released in 1984), would become a fixture of the burgeoning underground dance, techno, and hip-hop genres, mainly because of its low cost (relative to that of the Linn machines), and the unique character of its analogue-generated sounds.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/Drum_machine

photo credit: Ethan Hein

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 25, 2010 at 3:56 am, filed under drum machine and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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One Response to “Transistor Rhythm”

  1. I like NI Maschine for drum programming.
    It’s visual drum programming (Step Sequencer) and it integrates perfect in any DAW. Basic rhythms are easy to program with the mouse. Complex drumloops like HH, percussion, glitch and fx sounds are much easer to program with visual feedback. Maschine makes a lot fun to create drumloops.

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