Good free or cheap drum/accompaniment software


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Hi everyone. I've been playing the keyboard for about 6 months now, learning on "simply piano". I'm getting better, I can play ode to joy and am getting better at the fur Elise (amongst many other in-app songs), plus have completed some chords and blues sections. I'm not totally useless haha. I'm hoping to try to move towards more band related music, and I think a good starting point would be to get a drum synthesizer type thing to give me a bit of backing so I can try to put a little melody together. Is there anything on the PC that is good for this? Has anyone got any general pointers on how to move towards this sort of thing?

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Arturia Spark and Isotope are two software solutions that spring to mind.

Hardware there are products like Beatstep from Arturia or Korg Volca which is a bit more versatile as it does synths in addition to beats, problem is cost.

If you have an iPad then there are plenty of Apps.
 

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If you are aiming for techno drums then I'd suggest the Behringer RD-8


If you want a more balanced mix of contemporary drums and bass then I'd suggest the Roland DR 880.


Or the Alesis SR-18


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Hey gents. I ended up with a yamaha YPT340. Midi is working flawlessly, I'm progressing well on SP, we got there in the end ;)

I do have an iPad actually, as I wanted one for SP. As always, money is a big factor. 14 week old daughter and I'm pretty sure the headgasket has just gone in my BMW while I was out, so really i need to spend 0 on this haha.

Thanks for your help
 

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What kind of rhythms are you looking for? Mainly techno or will you be looking for a mix of latin, jazz, country and rock?

Actually one of the best bangs for the buck these days are the UNO Drums by IK Multimedia.

I tried one out but it didn't work properly with Linux so I sent it back.

If you're running Windows or Mac though it will work just fine for you.


Price used to be $100 cheaper but Trump's trade policies have turned the American dollar into compost.


Cheapest option might be the Alesis SR-16



Otherwise you are pretty much stuck with working with software options.

BTW. Some of the machines I listed have been around for a VERY long time. You would be wise to search your local used market to find some better deals.

Gary ;)
 
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Hi. Thanks for the pointers. Not too sure what I want to play really. I like a bit of jazz. My friend that plays the sax and trumpet said we should try to play stuff like this. It is quite funky, I'll give him that haha

 
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For a low cost solution the main option is as follows

If your keyboard has a USB Host socket (squarish type) you could buy a genuine Apple Camera Adaptor and connect your iPad to the keyboard.

Drum Apps are only a few $ so for $50 you will have a system that works.

Do checkout the Apps before you buy the camera adaptor.
 
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Here's a thought for you and it's 100% free. There are a large number of drum beats and tempos posted on Youtube. Option 1 - Search Youtube to find those beat which appeal to you, and just play along with the Youtube video. Option 2 - Download "Audacity", a free multi-track audio editor and recorder. You can then record a Youtube drum track and save it on your computer. It's all free. YMMV Don
 

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