best drum machine to play along?

Posted by: zapper

best drum machine to play along? - 01/16/13 07:31 PM

Hi,
What can you suggest as a metronome substitution which is easy to use, can set any time signatures, it's small, have real drums sounds and rhythms built in to play along with acoustic grand piano?
thanks
Posted by: jawhitti

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/16/13 08:18 PM

If you have an iPad check out the iRealB app. It's pretty awesome. It wil play drums, piano and bass and the cool thing is that you can load up chords changes and it will play them. Once you install it it's a piece of cake to load 2,000 plus chord charts. I like it quite a bit.
Posted by: zapper

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/17/13 05:17 AM

thanks but I don't use iDevices only Droid.
Posted by: Farmerjones

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/17/13 10:18 AM

Google: Hammerhead rythmn station. One can "save as" files if one creates a prefered track.
Posted by: kiedysktos.

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/17/13 07:49 PM

Band in a Box, version with real tracks. For jazz - it's a beast. Based on samples and real musician playing, so it sounds great, whether you turn on the bass, piano or drums (or ukulele for instance). There are many styles and any tempo/time signature etc. Unfortunately I can't afford it, but it plays well. On the head bass plays half feeling and drums play on hihat, when it ends during the solo bass plays walking and drummer goes to the ride. When you lower the tempo, drummer plays brushes and generally every instrument plays differently. Great tool.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 03:53 AM

Originally Posted By: zapper
thanks but I don't use iDevices only Droid.


Well then get it on Droid...Same app.
Posted by: zapper

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 04:51 AM

I see you guys prefer software solutions, how about boss drum machines anybody uses them?
Posted by: Mark Polishook

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 08:10 AM

the best machine for these kinds of things is the one you have! be it a metronome, drum machine, or just a willing practice partner! learning to play in time is the important part! (which you obviously know!)
Posted by: kiedysktos.

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 08:36 AM

setting a metronome at 4 times slower tempo (like 15, 20, 25) works as well smile
Posted by: Farmerjones

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 02:24 PM

Originally Posted By: zapper
I see you guys prefer software solutions, how about boss drum machines anybody uses them?


Actually, for practice i use a Taktel mini. Wind-up, no batteries required. Plus the click really cuts through. i think it's important to be able to hear the nome & instrument in a ballance.

Posted by: jawhitti

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 03:21 PM

+1 for analog. My wife bought me a nice Wittner that has been delightful to use.

It's still nice to play with other instruments though. Hard to practice piano fills and riffs against a metronome alone. Even "Band in a Box" kinds of apps can be very nice for that. And I've seen guys playing gigs in restaurants where that was basically their whole schtick.
Posted by: piRround

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 03:27 PM

Zapper, if you can live with a module, how about the Alesis drum machines? I think they're the SR16 or SR18. They can be picked up used on Ebay if you don't want/need brand new.
Posted by: offnote

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/18/13 08:22 PM

Originally Posted By: kiedysktos.
setting a metronome at 4 times slower tempo (like 15, 20, 25) works as well smile


Playing slow is dangerous, you can fall asleep...

I agree, it's way more inspirational and fun to play with some real rhythms then just with dry metronome. Boss dr-880 is actually pretty cool although pricey.
Posted by: Steve Nixon

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 01:12 AM

Originally Posted By: kiedysktos.
Band in a Box, version with real tracks. For jazz - it's a beast. Based on samples and real musician playing, so it sounds great, whether you turn on the bass, piano or drums (or ukulele for instance). There are many styles and any tempo/time signature etc. Unfortunately I can't afford it, but it plays well. On the head bass plays half feeling and drums play on hihat, when it ends during the solo bass plays walking and drummer goes to the ride. When you lower the tempo, drummer plays brushes and generally every instrument plays differently. Great tool.


I'll second Band in a Box. It's definitely not a perfect program (it looks like they haven't updated the user interface since 1998 and most of the program's features are organized really poorly).

That being said the sounds are good and it is flexible. I prefer real musician's too but at 3am when I'm feeling inspired or want to practice it's a nice substitute.



Posted by: Exalted Wombat

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 06:47 AM

I have a SR-16 AND Band-in-a-Box :-)

The SR-16 is great for live performance. I use it with a twin footrswitch, one for start-stop, one for tap-tempo. The trick is to program simple patterns - working with a drum box is GOING to sound mechanical and repetitious, so keep it in a background, supportive role.

BiaB is rather overkill for just a drum track, but if you want to practice your jazz improvisation it's remarkably useful! It's also easy and quick to create a structured track with fills and stops. And, as music programs go, it's cheap. You don't need the expensive optional add-ons, the features we need are basic functions that have been in the program for years.
Posted by: kiedysktos.

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 07:12 AM

And that's obvious that having a laptop you don't have to pay for another box, electronics, processor, memory. Software is much more flexible.
Posted by: zapper

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: kiedysktos.
And that's obvious that having a laptop you don't have to pay for another box, electronics, processor, memory. Software is much more flexible.


and much more difficult to use, longer time to start it up, prone to freezing and way less stable. I just want to press button and have drummer playing with me. I don't want boot a laptop, looking for a program and wait for it to load. Finally when it's loaded an OS message pops up - "updates available" or other annoying text. So no, thanks for software solutions...
Posted by: jawhitti

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 04:10 PM

Wow you don't like anyone's suggestions. Why don't you tell us which one is best?
Posted by: kiedysktos.

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/19/13 06:21 PM

Originally Posted By: zapper
Originally Posted By: kiedysktos.
And that's obvious that having a laptop you don't have to pay for another box, electronics, processor, memory. Software is much more flexible.


and much more difficult to use, longer time to start it up, prone to freezing and way less stable. I just want to press button and have drummer playing with me. I don't want boot a laptop, looking for a program and wait for it to load. Finally when it's loaded an OS message pops up - "updates available" or other annoying text. So no, thanks for software solutions...

You are right in your points, that's advantage of drum machine. I don't know any, I play mostly with my dear metronome.
Posted by: cmajornine

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/20/13 03:03 PM

Consider the DR-880 drum machine from Boss/Roland. I got one about 4 years ago to accompany myself playing at church as we did not have an band.

It’s all you need, its mainly marketed at & used by guitarists but it’s a phenomenal machine for accompaniment for any one.

http://www.roland.com/products/en/DR-880/

There are many demos on YouTube

here a few I think you should view.

http://www.youtube.com/user/rolandiberia/videos?query=dr-880

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBZFlsrrWrg

Peace.
Posted by: zapper

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/20/13 05:01 PM

Originally Posted By: cmajornine
Consider the DR-880 drum machine from Boss/Roland. I got one about 4 years ago to accompany myself playing at church as we did not have an band.


this machine is awesome! I checked all youtube demo and that's what I need, easy to use and good sounds - kinda expensive though...
thanks
Posted by: ado

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 01/23/13 02:12 PM

boss jamstation js5,you type in chords incl.sus,aug,mM7 etc.once you learn how it takes 5 minutes, you can change preset styles ,speed, silence bass and other instruments and transpose the same chord progression(no need to type in again)fast and handy.Decent sound ,I estimate you could get one for 100 to 200 bucks seconhand.
Posted by: aleexx

Re: best drum machine to play along? - 02/02/13 07:18 AM

I thing this gonna to be more practical.
Hammerhead rhythm station. One can "save as" files if one creates a preferred track.