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All-Star Beat-Making Gear

All-Star Beat-Making Gear

Sample, Loop and Make Beats With These Picks

Samplers, drum machines and grooveboxes have been behind hundreds of hit dance, hip-hop and electronic records dating back to the '70s. Today, these devices are just as popular as ever, whether they're a recreation of a classic drum machine or an entire production suite built into a piece of hardware.

This All-Star Gear list is stacked with your favorite beat-making gear. Check it out to see if yours is listed, and read the reviews to see what others think. You may just discover your next studio tool in our list!

Novation Circuit Groove Box

"Very easy to use right out of the box. Lots of usable sounds for sketching an idea, easy to update and portable. Just grab and go. Work, in a traffic jam, waiting room...sky's the limit."
- Bill in Barrington, NH

"Love this thing. Within ten minutes of plugging it in I was laying out great track ideas. There's a few limitations to work around but all around it's a super useful product for performance and production alike."
- Randall in Houston, TX

"The ability to import samples and save them (or replace them with the original sounds) makes this extremely flexible. The max sample time is 60 seconds, more than enough for most songs."

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Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

"I was seriously surprised at: A. How easy this machine is to use and, B. The quality of the drum sounds. You can tell that these are REAL drum sounds and not computerized beats."
- Shawn in Palm Bay, FL

"Beginner or pro, this is a machine to reckon with. I was never able to express exactly what it was I was trying to [get] across, until I picked this up."

"There is something magical about just hooking this up anywhere, padding out quick beats and fills, and launching into ideas anywhere, anytime when minus a drummer."
- Dave in Boston, MA

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Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine

"The ability to add a hundred fills adjusted to fit your groove, velocity randomizer, ghost notes, key changes, speed and so forth make for a very realistic, human-quality performance and the bass tones are often better than a lot of real bass players I have jammed with."
- Paul in Dallas, TX

"If you can use a computer or have any experience with Roland keyboards or other devices this thing is a breeze. I love practicing guitar with it as well. If you don't have one you're missing a great recording and practice tool."
- Ronald in Ozark, MO

"Great sound quality. If realism is what you're after, then this has it. Used it live and it sounded great."

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Akai XR20 Beat Production Station

"Technically, the 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample playback engine sounds great -- no noise or grittiness. The lows thump your chest and the highs are crystal-clear."

"This thing is so simple my 10-year-old little brother could make beats out of it."

"There is something about how this unit sequences that give the drums a certain natural groovy feel when compared to a 100% software sequencer."

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Roland TR-8 AIRA Rhythm Performer Drum Machine

"The TR-8 is a super smooth product. It really is very simple to learn and create beats. I never once touched the manual to this baby; it's just so user-friendly."
- Chris in San Diego

"Love the sounds, diversity, and well-built knobs, a perfect interface for performance-based writing."
- B Ortiz in Carrollton, TX

"The TR-8 rhythm performer is a beast, particularly when you add the 7x7 expansion. It has become all the drum machine I will ever need."
Antonio in Roy, UT

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