As much as it might hurt the drummers of you out there to hear, there are new ways to imitate the sound that drummers can provide, without having to feed and pay a real drummer. This new method of keeping a beat also comes with some interesting capabilities, things like being able to control the beat with precision that most people are not capable, as well as some interesting sound effects.
So, if you’re looking to pick up a drum machine for your own uses, what should you be looking for? What machine may be the best for you and for your uses? This is something that is the topic for plenty of debate, and believe it or not, there are no definite answers, but what I can do is to illuminate the differences between the better models that are available and help to equip you to better make the decision concerning your drum machine choices.
Best Drum Machine – Comparison Table
Before we get into too in-depth a look at the drum machines in question, let us first take a moment to take a look at the broader picture, and get a nice overview of the products we will be reviewing. Here are just a few things that we ought to know about the drum machines reviewed in order to make an informed decision early on concerning the best drum machine for live performance or for studio uses.
Often, musicians and other consumers just want a nice and clean table to look at to compare their options. So without any further ado, here’s a list of the best drum machines of 2018.
|Name||Effect Pads/Buttons||Other Functionality||Power Source|
|Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI Drum Pad Controller||16 backlit MPC pads (48 assignable pads via 3 banks)||6 control knobs (18 assignable knobs via 3 banks)||USB|
|Alesis SR16 24-Bit Stereo Electronic Drum Machine||12 velocity-sensitive pads||Stereo sample system with 50 preset and 50 user generated drum kits and 233 sounds assignable||Power Cord|
|Teenage Engineering TE010AS012 PO 12 Rhythm Drum Machine And Sequencer||16 buttons for effects||Onboard Knowles speaker||2x AAA batteries|
|Korg Vola Beats Analog Rhythm Machine||16 effects buttons||Basic drum sequencing controls||Power Cord|
|Native Instruments Maschine Mikro Mk2 Groove Production Studio||16 multi-colored pads||Sequencer controls||USB|
|Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf True Analog Drum Machine And Bass Synthesizer||6 effect pads||32 step sequencer||Power Cord|
|Akai Professional Tom Cat True Analog Drum Machine With Built-In Percussion Voices||6 effect pads||32 step sequencer with drum machine workflow||Power Cord|
|Akai Professional MPC Studio Black With 9+ GB Sound Library Download||16 MPC drum pads||Same functionality as classic MPC line from Akai Professional||Power Cord|
Now that you have an overview of the best drum machines available, let’s take a closer look at what the market has to offer your beat-making desires.