Created in the wake of the Emulator sampler-synths, E-mu
unleashed the Drumulator sample-based drum-machines. The
Drumulator was E-mu’s attempt at creating a rhythm
machine like the Linn LM-1 that was better and cheaper.
What they made wound up becoming a huge hit for E-mu.
The Drumulator had eight drum sounds on a ROM microchip
which were gritty, lo-fi 12-bit samples of basic drum
sounds…but they were some classic sounds!
The Drumulator II added sampling so you could bring in
your own sounds. Samples could be truncated, looped,
41,000 hertz 16 bit samples
Number of samples: 12
As one of the most popular
drum machines ever made, the SR-16 has been used by
everyone from songwriters to live performers to
remix engineers as their drum machine of choice.
The reason is simple: it
features a great selection of 233 realistic, natural
drum sounds, offered both in dry form and sampled
with our incomparable digital reverbs.
The exclusive Dynamic Articulation feature enables a
drum sound to change its tonal content as it's
played harder for truly realistic performances. The
SR-16 features 50 preset patterns that were actually
played in by top studio drummers, not just
programmed and quantized. You'll find enough
built-in rhythmic variations (with A, B and two Fill
sections) for composing complete arrangements, and
you can create and save your own customized patterns
Plus, the SR-16 also provides complete MIDI
implementation, a footswitch input, flexible
programming and editing features and
velocity-sensitive pad buttons. Plus, it's so easy
to use that you'll be up-and-running and composing
new music in minutes. Whether you need a songwriting
partner or an accompanyist for live performance,
turn to the all-time world standard in drum
machines: the SR-16.
44,100 hertz 16 bit samples
Number of samples: 269
recorded last summer in a wood room (studio in Brooklyn)
with either three or four people around an AKG C414 if I
remember correctly. They were probably compressed by the
Purple 1176 clone before going into the box. The sample
names mean nothing other than C1-45 were from take 1,
and D1-45 were take 2.
41,000 hertz 24 bit samples
Number of samples: 90
Korg released two very simple and affordable digital
drum machines, the DDM-110 (Super Drums) and the DDM-220
(Super Percussion). It uses 8-bit sampled drum sounds
which include kick, snare, hi/low toms, rimshot,
handclap, cymbal, open and closed hi-hats.
There are 10 buttons, an Accent
control for each sound, and tempo controls. It stores 32
patterns and 6 songs. There is no MIDI, only DIN sync
for external control.
ES DGenR8 is an
open source, virtual analog drum machine in the style of
Roland's TR Series, in particular the Roland TR-909,
with 11 voices and controls that mimic the TR-909: Bass
Drum, Snare Drum, Low, Mid & High Toms, Rim Shot, Clap,
Open & Closed Hi Hats, Crash & Ride Cymbals.
All voices are
completely synthesized using digital algorithms that
model the operation of analog circuitry within a drum
machine so they sound authentic and are easily tweaked
using the controls.