Best Drum Machines For Beginners [2019]

Best Drum Machines for beginners
The Alesis SR16 is the best entry-level drum machine we recommend for most beginners. It stands out from the competition by delivering superior sound quality while being easier to use right out of the box thanks to simple menus and controls, plus it offers enough flexibility to keep up with a new drummer’s developing skills.

Best Drum Machines for beginners

1- Alesis SR16 : Our Pick

The Alesis SR16 offers a careful balance of impressive capability and usability. Boasting many of the same specs as the higher end model in Alesis series but priced significantly less, the SR 16 delivers high performance for good value. Most importantly, it delivers clean, high-quality sound.

Key Specifications

  • Complete MIDI support for use with keyboards, computers and electronic drum kits
  • 233 professional sounds included
  • Built-in digital effects for added realism
  • Create and save your own customized patterns and songs
A complete Alesis SR16 tutorial for beginners:

Alesis SR-16 Video Manual – Part 1 of 2

2- Akai Professional MPD218

If our main pick sells out or becomes unavailable, consider the Akai Professional MPD218. It’s less expensive than the Alesis SR16 and can’t quite capture as much detail, but it records 4K video, focuses well in low-light situations, and has a touchscreen that flips out to the side of the camera and can angle up and down or all the way forward, making it easier to take selfies or to shoot at very low or high angles. While the G7 is both larger and heavier than the a5100, it remains smaller and lighter than most DSLRs.

Key Specifications

  • 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads
  • 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
  • 18 assignable 360-dgree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
  • MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

3- Teenage Engineering PO-12

The Teenage Engineering PO-12, put itself out of the running with its many bright shiny features that just didn’t perform so well in practice.

Key Specifications

  • A stripped-down yet fully loaded drum machine that’s perfect for tabletop synth rigs
  • Loaded with 16 sampled and synthesized drum sounds, each with 2 real-time parameters
  • Enhance your drum sounds with 16 effects such as bit crush, stutter, and delay
  • Create entire songs on the 16-step sequencer with 16 patterns and pattern chaining
  • Integrated folding stand and onboard Knowles speaker offer convenient standalone use
  • High-quality sound courtesy of a Silicon Labs EFM32 Gecko MCU and Cirrus Logic DAC
  • Audio-pulse-based sync lets you integrate other Pocket Operators and third-party gear

4- Korg Volca Beats

The volca beats provides six of the sounds for : Kick, Snare, Hi Tom, Lo Tom, Closed Hi Hat, and Open Hi Hat. Paying careful attention to the standard sounds that are indispensable for dance music and that are included on numerous synthesizers and sampling CDs, Korg volca provide powerful designed new sounds that could not be produced by any means other than analog.

Key Specifications

  • Portable analog drum machine with Electribe-style sequencer
  • Six analog parts and four PCM parts are fully editable to create your own sounds
  • Sync In/Out makes it easy to play in time with Monotribe or other Volca machines
  • Control via the onboard ribbon or via MIDI input
  • Save up to eight patterns for later recall
  • Can sync to MIDI Clock from your DAW or external sequencer
  • Built-in stutter effect
  • Operates on 6 x AA batteries or Volca Power Supply(not included)

Wrapping it up

With excellent sound quality and easy usability, the Alesis SR16 is our pick for an entry-level drum machine. very simple to play with, the SR16 outshines any drum machine with sounds as good as you’ll see from any beginner drum machine with its easy-to-use interface, realistic drum sounds, effective digital reverb. It used by songwriters, live performers, and remix engineers. as their preferred drum machine

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Christopher Cortez

Christopher, is a professional drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and also the lead editor of TopDrumGear based in California.

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