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Pro and cons of using one in a band instead of a drummer?
They show up
They don't miffle
They keep excellent time
they are small
They don't sound as good
I can't be arsed to programme ours properly
They are souless
They generally aren't anywhere near as good as an actual drummer
We don't have ours by choice.
we use a sequencer to make our rhythms and i really like it, although we do supplement it with some live percussion too. Best of both worlds innit
they don't only want to play metal or funky reggae
the 2 times I've seen the kills its messed up and it's made them look pretty silly on stage...
Pros: They do whatever you tell them to do, without question.
Cons: They do whatever some Shoreditch fuck (who wouldn't know a groove if he went to school with it) tells it to do, without question.
Pros: They keep great time.
Cons: Bands who use drum machines can't keep time.
Pros: They are cheap.
Cons: They sound cheap.
the episode of flight of the conchords. It'll save you on tube fares!
if you try and mimic real drums with it it'll usually sound terrible.
....only ever use a drum machine on my recordings.... i guess id prefer a real drummer but like recording at home...not done me any harm...had plenty of national radio play and stuff
www.myspace.com/stickboyuk if you wanna hear the results
I like programmed drums a lot, but you need to be aware of their limitations.
but they sound "realistic", not real. You can always tell the difference, and often it's to the detriment of the song itself.
the point might be to sound indistinguishable from live drums, but it invariably ends up sounding programmed. It might be excellent programming, but it's never quite like the real thing.
but it always sounds bleeding obvious when somebody has programmed drums to sound "real", and invariably cringeworthy.
If you're creative with it, a gentle balance between the two can be very rewarding. But if you're just using a drum machine to replicate what a drummer would do, it sucks a fat one.
and its not to achieve a particular effect, just because the band don't have a real drummer for whetever reason, I find it really annoying. It just sounds so cheap.
but not always the case, Big Black for example. As i said above, they can be great, so long as you're aware of their limitations.
you only have to punch the information into it ONCE!
not a real drum in sight - you could never call that soulless!
The drum machine smokes less pot and tells better jokes.
maybe that wasn't enough said then
actually our "drummer" plays all the beats live on a synthesizer without any sequencing, loops, or samples. he's tapping the keys which are programmed to make drum sounds and that's the beat. so the rhythms sound very human/organic but the actual drum sounds are more electronic. i always take it as an insult when people say we should use a real drummer. we don't need to nor do we want to.
Both have different qualities and with either of them, if you master them well enough you can create whatever feeling you want.
If the aesthetic of the band suits 'fake' drums, then great.
If you're genuinely using them as a drummer replacement, it's an error.
The best thing is that it can give guitar music an interesting edge, especially if chopped up and fucked with.
The worst thing is that live drumming adds a lot of energy to a live performance and that's lost.