When DJing, the beat is incredibly important to your music, it helps keep your track in time, gets the listeners/audience pumping, and it drives the song. Most likely, you’ll be looking at getting a drum machine to provide the backbeats to your creations. There’s many drum machines on the market, from new models to old skool sounds. The best drum machine for you will depend on what style of music you create, your technical capabilities and also your budget.
If you are going for an old skool sound, the internet has plenty of options available to you. The older machines may not have all the features of the newer models, but they make up for it with their sound and quality. In the 80s, Yamaha drum machines such as the RX series, ended up in so many songs due to their programmability and ease of use. Looking on second hand sites such as ebay and some specialist sites is the best place to find them, and often they are very good value for money. When using older machines, you’ll start to hear the samples used in some of your favourite songs, which will bring a smile to your face.
Those looking for more features and a more up to date setup will be looking at the new models on the market, such as the classic MPC range from Akai or Roland’s Boss range. These machines have more space for storage, and can often double as a sampler or a sequencer in some instances (Although this may not always work out the best with some machines.). Newer models range in price, and can be quite a costly investment.
Lastly, for those who DJ on their laptop, there are numerous software choice around for you, that can be easier to use for beginners or for professionals who want to cut their tracks in the studio.