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For the past month I’ve been thinking about selling my sampler and buying one of these things:

It’s an electronic drum pad/kit thing. You hit it with sticks and it makes drum sounds.

But I’m not 100% convinced I’d actually use this thing and I’m not sure it’s worth $250 US to find out.

Posted on - October 21, 2002 [at] 1:34 pm by Brad
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6 Comments on this post

scottandrew on Yamaha DD55
October 21, 2002 at 5:15 pm

If you’re into doing digital rhythm tracks, one word: FruityLoops.

Think old-school Dr. Rhythm taken to the blue limit. Tweak, tweak, tweak, then export to WAV and throw it into ProTools or Cubase or whatever. And unlike myself, it never makes a mistake. ;) Considerable less expensive than a drum synth (or hiring a live drummer).

Oh, and you can do all kinds of techno crap on it too. :)

Brad on Yamaha DD55
October 22, 2002 at 10:32 pm

I’ve played around with Fruity Loops and other drum sequencers but I find unless you get all crazy on the editing everything sounds very robotic and lifeless, which is the default when you’re using computers.

I kind of want something that gives me a live drum feel without having to buy, store, learn to play and mic a real drum kit. I’m not sure if drum pads would do the trick or not. I’ve never done any drumming before whatsoever, so I’ll suck. Hmm.

josh on Yamaha DD55
November 4, 2002 at 10:58 am

it’s all in the samples…

i have heard some amazing stuff come out of fruity loops.

i can send you some drum kit samples and junk if your interested

i fuckin love your music, i just found this site today from classified’s site

you have a good mix of humor in it all

you play shows anywhere?

Brad on Yamaha DD55
November 8, 2002 at 10:17 am

Hi josh, glad you like the songs. I haven’t done any shows, though I’m hoping to eventually.

Mike on Yamaha DD55
January 9, 2003 at 11:47 pm

I kinda like the Yamaha DD55. I use it with Cakewalk and a sound blaster. I tend to just do a few bars of the main beat(s) and add fills afterward.
You don’t really need to be a great drummer to get a nice groove on.
I have to agree with the Josh your songs are very “fuckin” good!

Jessie Morgan on Yamaha DD55
May 30, 2005 at 3:08 pm

I have been using Fruityloops for some time now, and I found that it is one hell of an amazing all in one. I mean it does well in what ever musical area you want to focus, it is the only sequenser I use at the moment, and it has satisfied all my need. I believe that realistic drum lines are no biggie, just got to drumsyth… live- then to that channels pianoroll- then make your pater, when done press ctrl+q to reach the pianoroll’s quantizer, then go throughtthe preset of groves or make your own…

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