What is a drum machine?
A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that can imitate drum kits and percussion instruments. Some can also produce artificial sound effects. Most drum machines allow users to create their own rhythms.
A drum machine is commenly used on recordings in electronic music genres such as house, dance and hip hop. It may also be used as a metronome, as a backing track during practice or to explore how different drum rhythms sound.
Using the drum machine
Click the squares to create your drum rhythm. Double click the squares to toggle between hi-hat and open hi-hat, snare drum and cross stick, and high tom-tom and low tom-tom. Click the instrument names to the left to mute the sound.
Select tempo, time signature and swing at the top. Click "Presets" to see the most common drum rhythms. You can easily vary the rhythms, for example, by using ride cymball instead of hi-hat and cross stick instead of regular snare drum.