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A drum machine is not the same thing as a drum pad. A drum machine combines a sequencer with a sound generator. A drum pad is an electronic device hit with a drumstick which produces a trigger signal for a sound generator. (talk) 22:03, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

Perhaps Wolfgang Flur of Kraftwerk be mentioned on here somewhere? I thought he had invented the programmable or MIDI controlled drum machine, but I can't find much solid evidence to back this up.

That could quite possibly be because he didn't. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:39, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Nice though it is, the photo doesn't give much of an idea of what a drum machine looks like. Can someone take a more suitable one? --Malcohol 18:26, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I'll take a picture of my ER-1 and put it up here when I get back home. Oh, Merry Christmas! Samboy 11:20, 25 Dec 2004 (UTC)


Actually one of the fathers of synthesizers has made a good point saying that synthesizers (including drum synths) don't imitate, but create sounds. As for samplers and similar devices, they actually reproduce the actual sounds and not imitate them. The people who first used drum synths, used them not to replace existing drum sounds but create drum sounds you couldnt create with real drumsets.

> I would say in the case of a drum machine this is simply not the case, they are electronically simulated physical models of real life drum sounds , especially in the case of Roland products were > there was a lot of research into the simulation of drumsets, you can see this clearly in the service manuals - could be a good source for this entry??.-- (talk) 22:07, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Evidently John Lennon gave Julian Lennon a Drum Machine for Christmas in 1973[edit]

Link to Google Book Search

drum machine = drum synth + sequencer =[edit]

seems to me the set of topics that need to be combined or linked are.. (probably not in the right order)

 electronic music
   sound synthesis
     drum sound synthesis
     drum machines (which is essentially a drum synth plus a sequencer)
     rhythm programming

Also, lets not forgot that you can "play" midi-equipped drum machines using a keyboard (or even a windsynth!) as well as drum pads. In that sence the "drum machine" is being a "drum-synth" by not using the sequencer part. Boxes such as the Alesis D4 are "drum machines" *without* a built-in sequencer.


Well done to all the people who wrote all this i found it extremely helpful for my music project. Well Done. By the way i dont think people, like me, should be able to change the web page so easily! (I didnt change anything) i just added this. Well done anyway

Articles on popular Drum Machines[edit]

I just created a new article for the Alesis SR-16 and added it to the category Category:Drum machines. For consistency's sake, other highly popular drum machines should probably have their own articles too. To preemp an AFD, I would say that if the Sony Walkman and iPod get their own articles as popular products, I think popular drum machines are encyclopedic as well. MPS 17:04, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

Paia Machine 1975 not 1969[edit]

Article states Paia programmable drum machine was 1969, this is incorrect, according to [1] it was 1975. It also predated the 1978 Roland programmable drum machine.

Can i control the Akai xr20 by a key board[edit]

Hi Good day

Please tell me

is it possible to control drum patterns and bass patterns created in Akai xr20 by another key board's Syncro start and fingured mode?

I want to control an Akai xr20 drum machine by Yamaha PSR400 keyboard via MIDI

As a one man player... i want to know whether this is possible?

because i'm about to buy an Akai xr20. I have a PSR400 keyboard.

drum patterns a in Akai xr20 should be controled by Syncro start, Filling in the keyboard and the bass chords should be change accordingly to the chord change on the keyboard?

Please be kind enough to answer this question. Thanks

rgds pdWicky —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:25, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

Nelson Mandela?[edit]

I'm not sure Nelson Mandela invented the drum machine. In fact that's an outright lie. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:51, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

"Side Man", not "Sideman"[edit]

The world's first commercial drum machine has been listed in this article as the "Sideman". But do an image search and anyone can easily see that right on the machine itself was printed the name "Side Man". Two words, both capitalized. Here is a vintage advert from Wurlitzer:
Quote: "You set the Side Man, vary it, control it completely."

"Side Man" is repeated four times after that, and each time it is stated as two separate words.
Here is another vintage article which is a short review:
"Side Man" is typed out four separate times, and each time it is two separate words, both capitalized. Given this wealth of evidence, I will now fix the article.--Vybr8 (talk) 13:45, 24 November 2015 (UTC)