SYNTH ZONE - DRUM TRACK RESOURCES
Drum Tracks, Loops & Samples
edrumbeats.com provides drum lessons, beats and drum backing tracks. Drum Drops sell live drum beats recorded to analog tape. Preview and audition available. IME Drums Creator for creating drum loops. Wizardmaster Control Program is self described as the strangest tiny sequencer around. Beatz And Breakz sell MIDI drum loops and provide demo downloads. Fun with Drumagog. KB6 provides free drum sample sets. iDrum is a virtual drum machine for Mac and PC. Jamstix is a virtual drummer VSTi.


Drum/Rhythm Track Production Resources

edrumbeats.com provides drum lessons, beats and drum backing tracks
  • Afro-Carribean Music Resources
  • A collection of Afro-Carribean MIDI drum files.
  • BeatIt
  • A virtual synthesizer for Windows. Also contains a beat box tool, modulation tool (to make the sound less perfect, more real), stream to disk recording, real-time effects and response. Allows you to associate samples with keys and then tap out a beat.
  • Body-Rythmn
  • A Windows beatbox for PCs with Sun Java installed.
  • Composing Examples
  • Archive of a past site with MIDI files of some sample drum,hi hat,bass parts etc.
  • Dancetech
  • Good range of links, info and some RealAudio samples of synths, drum machines and anything related to producing techno dance music.
  • DDM-110 Samples
  • Samples to download of the Korg DDM-110 drum machine.
  • D.J. Rhythms
  • Resources & info on grooves, rhythms & tempos for DJs
  • DooleyDrums.com
  • Provides free drum loops with LoFi MP3 versions for preview.
  • Dr. Liebezeit
  • The Dr Liebezeit drum machine VST plugin. It features a Roland TR style programming interface.
  • Drumflow
  • A freeware XG Drum Setup editor & sequencer for Win95
  • Drum Lessons - All Levels
  • Whether you play real drums or a midi pad, this page brought to you by Bill Powelson's School Of Drums can provide you with some good playing tips.
  • Drum Machine Museum
  • Archive of a site with pictures and sounds of a variety of classic drum machines. Sounds clips available in MP3 or Real Audio.
  • Drum Patterns
  • Generate drum patterns using your browser and save them as MIDI files. Controls are available to allow you to sculpt the type of drum patterns you are trying to create. The Perl scripts are also available for download.
  • Drum Loop Central
  • Drum WAV files for you to download.
  • Drummergirl
  • A unique drum site supporting female drummers and providing relevant resources & info on women & drums.
  • Drum Samples Page
  • Archive of a past site with drum WAV files for use in your samper. Some may not be available in the archive but some are.
  • Drum Triggers DIY
  • Pictures and text instruction on how to make your own drum trigger pads.
  • Drum Triggers - DIY
  • Useful page with ways to make your own cheap drum trigger pad assemblies. Nice for drum modules with trigger inputs such as the Alesis D4 & D5M
  • Drum Tuning
  • Useful info for anyone using an acoustic drum kit to record rhythm tracks.
  • edrumbeats.com
  • Provides drum lessons, beats and drum backing tracks
  • Electronic Drums Web
  • A very comprehensive electric drums resource & links site. Now at a new home at Harmony Central which also has many links to drum sites & manufacturers on the web.
  • Goodwin Productions
  • Some free MIDI drum files to download plus some to purchase at a very low price.
  • GrooveLab
  • GrooveLab allows you to create your own drum grooves online. LoFi preview available.
  • Groove Monkee
  • Sell commercial MIDI beats plus they have free MIDI drum beats to download.
  • Hammerhead
  • Win95 & NT freeware software drum machine to create drum loops. Writes out WAV files to use in your sampler.
  • Hitquad - Drum Software
  • List of links to drum and percussion software.
  • Hip Rhythm Digest
  • Dedicated to a 'Good Groove' . Rudiments, tips & other info.
  • Jas's Drum Page
  • Middle Eastern Percussion Resources. Includes Jas's MIDI Hand Drum Rhythm Generator.
  • Kalava Drum Archive
  • High quality drum sounds in 16 bit 44.1Khz WAV format. This site has now closed but there are some drum sounds you can still download.
  • KB6
  • An excellent source of free drum samples from vintage keyboards and drum machines.
  • Jim Dooley - Free Loops
  • Jim provides some original Drum, Guitar, Bass and HipHop loops for you to download. Also Soundfonts.
  • Kickme
  • Free Drum Sounds for you to download .
  • Logiztix
  • Provides instruction on how to make your own drum triggers. Graphic illustration.
  • Loopasonic
  • Drum and bass loops to download.
  • Looperman
  • Free loops and samples with a techno flavor.
  • Marcel's EPP
  • The Electronic Percussion Page with info on electronic pads and related resources. English / Nederlands language option available.
  • Marty's Homemade Drumkit
  • Marty explains how he made a homemade electronic kit suitable for driving any drum module with trigger inputs like the Alesis D4/DM5. There is also a link to a kit made from Remo practice pads.
  • MEINL Cymbals
  • MP3 cymbal samples for sales purposes but still useful for using in your own music.
  • MIDI Piano
  • Windows software that lets you create a MIDI drum track with MIDI file support.
  • MIDI Drum Tips
  • Rich suggests ways you can develop realistic MIDI drum tracks.
  • Monkey Machine
  • An online Java drum machine for you to use to practice to.
  • Oberheim DMX Samples
  • Oberheim DMX drum machine samples taken directly from the EPROM chips on the DMX. WAV conversions are available as well as EPROM images,
  • Open SebJ
  • Freeware Windows software that allows you to load multiple samples and use your PC keyboard to remix a new sample.
  • Body-Rythmn
  • Phat Drum Loops
  • Lot of links to drum loops & resources.
  • Progsounds
  • Provide free sample packs of drumkits from the Korg Triton, Roland TR-505 and TR-707.
  • PSP Rhythm
  • Homebrew software drum machine for the Sony PSP running firmware 2.0 or earlier.
  • Reactor Free Samples
  • Free samples to download including percussion samples.
  • Real-Feels
  • Real-Feels presents drum programming articles.
  • RhythmPatterns.com
  • Provides rhythm patterns with MIDI files for timing practice.
  • SaMpLisT
  • This site is devoted to grooves & breakbeats, plus links to relevant software.
  • Simmons Drum Synth
  • Simmons are well known for making drum synths that provided that unmistakable sound on many hit records.
  • The Sampling Station
  • Samples & loops site, plus a Drum n Bass tutorial.
  • SessionDrummer.com
  • Drumloops and video and audio clips of session drummers.
  • Stomper - Drum Sound Synth
  • Master-Zap generously provides his freeware Windows software to produce T909-808 like waves. Well worth trying. Also see the new companion software Little Drummer Boy which creates drum groove samples and uses any WAVs or Stomper sounds as drum instruments.
  • Tim Thompson's Boomer Bag
  • A page with contributed drum patterns with a click & listen interface. Presented by Tim Thompson. Also check the collection of bizarre yet fascinating web midi utilities that will allow you to create some very unusual midi music (drums included).
  • Trommler
  • X-Windows software sample based drum machine for Linux.
  • Virtual Playground
  • Provide flash demos of classic drum machines and rhythm boxes.
  • Web Thumper
  • Provide drum rudiments including info on time signatures with audio examples.
  • Where's The Beat
  • Examples of rhythms from around the world in midi file format.

     

    Related Software & Products

  • Acid Xpress
  • Sony provides a free version of Acid. Seemlessly loops and beat matches WAV and .AIFF samples to create grooves. AcidFanatic provides resources and info for ACID users.
  • AudioPervert
  • Present an Akai S1000 compatible drum sample CD plus make some samples available to download.
  • Aussie Beats
  • Sell sampled drum loops played by real drummers. Variations of loops plus single shot samples are provided.
  • Beatboy Drum Sequences
  • Commercial drum sequences created by professional drummers.
  • Beatz And Breakz
  • Sell MIDI drum loops including Classic, Hip Hop and Rock packages. Demo MIDI loops available for download.
  • Breakbeat Cafe
  • Sell beats, drumloops and sample CDs. Plus they provide useful articles on drumbeat and loop creation.
  • Caja de Ritmos Virtual Easy Tap
  • Windows MIDI drum programming software (Spanish language) based on the Roland TR808/909 and TB303 sequencing interfaces.
  • DeeSampler
  • A soft sampler optimized for drum groove and percussion tracks. Demo available for download.
  • Discovery Firm Inc
  • A wide range of sample CDs in audio, Akai S3xxx, Roland and Kurzweil format covering all types of sounds including classic synths, drum beats & grooves, Roland TB/TR sounds, sound effects etc.
  • Discrete Drums
  • Greg Morrow, a Nashville session drummer plays on these drum CDs that provide multitrack construction-kit formatting. Long, song oriented performances.
  • Doggiebox
  • Doggiebox is a versatile drum machine application for Mac OS X that empowers you to create and manipulate percussion-based songs. Demo available to download.
  • Drumcore
  • Windows tools for creating drum tracks including loops and MIDI drum sample playback.
  • Drum Drops
  • Drum Drops sell live drum beats recorded to analog tape. Preview and audition available.
  • Drumagog
  • Win9x/NT DirectX plugin that will replace drum sounds in recorded drum tracks. Functional demo available for download.
  • Drumdrops
  • Specialising in Drum-Tracks, Loops and Samples for Songwriters Musicians, Producers and Re-mixers. Some free downloads are available to try out.
  • DrumsForYou.com
  • Professional custom drum track service.
  • Drumsite
  • Windows drum machine that uses sound samples for its sound source. Demo is available. WAV, MP3, OGG Vorbis and MIDI file support.
  • Drums On Demand
  • Professional drum loops in 24bit, 16bit and REX2 formats.
  • Drumstation
  • A shareware Win95/98/NT drum sequencer with soft synthesis engine. Can load different drum kits. Presented by D-Lusion
  • Drumtools Performance Designer
  • Windows VSTi/DXi and standalone software for creating drumtracks featuring Slicy Drummer and Fill In Drummer.
  • Drumtrax
  • Commercial site selling high quality drum tracks in midifile format. Played by real drummers for you to use in your own compositions. Very useful for those composers looking for natural grooves to work with.
  • Drum Quest
  • Drum Quest is part of the SQ Midi Tools CDROM for Windows from Soundquest.
  • ER-0
  • A freeware Win9x drum synth based on the Korg ER-1, and can export sounds as WAV files. Read the TechTV review.
  • Fruity Loops
  • Win95 drumloop generator with soft synth engine, configurable kits etc.
  • GrooveMaker
  • Win, Mac and BeOS versions. Real time remixable groove-generator using random combinations of loops using pre-arranged studio-ready sample collections. Includes Techno, Trance, Dub, Progressive Hardcore, House, Jungle etc. Also see Virtual Synth Arpeggiator and the virtual DJ V-Mix software.
  • GrooveMaster
  • Produce Live drum loops and backing tracks recorded with Ludwig and Pearl drumkits and snares. They offer loop packs in 16bit, 24bit and Rex2 formats.
  • Hammerhead
  • A freeware TR909 style software drum machine for Windows available to download. There is also a big archive of Hammerhead drum loops.
  • Heavenly Music
  • Midifiles created to provide a "Construction Kit" including midi breakbeats, various styles of drum patterns, bass & drum midi building blocks covering a range of styles.
  • Hotstepper
  • Archive of a website with freeware drumloop creation software for Windows available for download. Info at the site in German only.
  • Jamstix
  • A virtual drummer VSTi that revolutionizes the creation of natural sounding drum tracks.
  • Kymerical
  • Windows XP DJ software includes Loop-X for creating loops and Loop Mangler for slicing and rearranging loops.
  • Kicksandsnares.com
  • Sell drums samples for R&B, hiphop and pop music production.
  • Leaf Drums
  • A shareware Win9x drum machine that uses WAV files and can generate a final drum track WAV to use in your music. Available to download.
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Master-Zap generously provides his freeware Windows rhythm/groove creation software which uses any WAVs or Stomper sounds as drum instruments.
  • LT Sound Vocal Eliminator
  • Rack mountable vocal elimination module. Demo tape available on request. Useful for karaoke & groove creation.
  • Machine II
  • Freeware Windows drum sampler software from the home of energyXT.
  • MachineDrum
  • Elektron release MachineDrum that can emulate the sound of almost any drum machine.
  • Magix
  • Make a few different wave sequencing, digital audio & video construction set applications for producing and remixing audio. A large audio library is provided with an emphasis on techno, dance, hip hop music production. Allows non musicians to create tracks.
  • Making Waves
  • Making Waves is wave sequencing software for Windows from Perceptive Solutions that allows you to sequence up to 64 channels of digital audio. For example you can use it to create rhythm tracks using drums samples found on the web.
  • MidiDrumFiles.com
  • Sell MIDI files of drum patterns and also make some demo patterns available for you to download.
  • Mig Music
  • Mig Music sell MIDI files of drum patterns and also make some demo patterns available for you to download.
  • Mixman Studio
  • Presentation software that allows you to build & mix a CD audio track. Libraries of source material avilable including hip hop, dance & techno etc. Great for DJ mixes and includes tempo matching and more. Demo available. Also see Joe's Mixman Site and Prozac's Mixman Site for other user's tips & Mixman resources.
  • Mix Vibes Loop Trax
  • Mix Vibes provide Loop Trax for MIDI and audio loops. They also present Mix Vibes DJ mixing software.
  • Musicians Media
  • A commercial sample loop subscription service. There are some free loops available to download and checkout.
  • Natural Studio
  • Supports WAVm SoundFont, Gigastudio and Battery formats.
  • Original-Music
  • Sell drum beats and grooves and multi sample instruments.
  • PCDrummer
  • Windows software to allow you to create realistic drum tracks. Demo available to download.
  • Pianito-MicroStudio 2.1
  • Pianito MicroStudio is a piano synthesizer and drum machine tracker with 24 tracks (8 percussion, 8 midi instruments, 8 wave FXs). You can map your keyboard to any of the MIDI 128 instruments or to 48 simultaneous percussion instruments for interactive play, while the rythm/song that you have created is played in the background. It's intended for kids and adults that find professional music software too complex or expensive. Very low cost software.
  • Pintech
  • Make a range of electronic drum triggers and trigger pads plus custom electronic kits. Products include the silent acoustic electric kit for that real drum skin feel.
  • ProLoops
  • A subscription based service providing new loops monthly.
  • Prosonic
  • MIDI drums patterns covering a variety of music styles from Rock to New Age and Hip Hop. Some demo patterns available.
  • Pyraplastic Records
  • Provide breakbeats with lo-fi samples to hear before downloading.
  • ReelDrums.com
  • Reel Drums is a collection of performance-oriented drum loops that are arranged in Song Format for you. The package includes over 25 sessions of 24-bit drum tracks.
  • Robo Bop
  • Robo Bop for Windows is a freeware MIDI rhythm programmer.
  • ReBirth RB-338
  • ReCycle
  • Rebirth is a Mac & PC software TB-303 / TR-808 emulator. Demo available for download as well as some free drum loops
    See Migmusic's TR808 and TR909 Rebirth dance collections

    ReCycle is an audio processing tool that allows you to decompose and resequence sampled grooves & drum loops.
  • Roger Linn Design
  • Famous for the first sample based midi drum machines and also the Akai MPC-60 design (new system software now available). Checkout AdrenaLinn his latest product for processing electric guitar. Also see Bobby Nathan's article on what happened to the Linn 9000 as well as the Linn 9000 Homepage. Original samples from the Linn Drum EPROMS can be found here. Forat also provide some support for Linn products.
  • Rhythm Rascal
  • Rhythm Rascal is a Windows drum machine with WAV exporting.
  • RM III Drum Sampler
  • A VST2.0 plugin proving 8 polyphonic instruments (altogether up to 24 voices, CPU dependent), each with up to 32 samples. 96kHz support.
  • SeqBeat Pro
  • Drum beat software for Win9x that allows you to turn your PC into a drumkit. Can save beats in .WAV format. Evaluation demo available.
  • Smartloops
  • Sell drum loops and more in a variety of formats including MIDI, ACID, Apple and REX2.
  • SonicSpot Pattern Sequencers
  • Listing of pattern sequencer software for creating beats and rhythm tracks.
  • Sound Scalpel
  • Sell drum sample packs and sound FX.
  • Spectrasonics Groove Control
  • Drum grooves CDROMs that allow full tempo control using Spectrasonics' Groove Control technology.
  • Studio-Aid
  • Online recording studio offering custom guitar tracks, drum tracks, bass tracks and complete backing tracks at affordable rates.
  • TaalTrax
  • Add Indian spice to your compositions with loops of tabla, pakhawaj, dholki, bells, tanpura and harmonium in both WAV and MIDI file formats.
  • TabTrax
  • Converts drum tab files to MIDI files. Demo available to download.
  • Toontrack
  • Create drum track creation software with MIDI support and drum sample replacement.
  • TR-XoX
  • Windows midi drum sequencing software that emulates the familiar Roland TR series step programming interface.
  • Twiddly Bits
  • KeyFax present instrument-specific sound bites (drum patterns, guitar strums, flute flutter, a bass guitar slide etc.) saved as data that can be inserted into a MIDI/computer sequencer. Played by real musicians on the appropriate midi controllers.
  • Wave Surgeon
  • Wave Surgeon for Win95 is a breakbeat splitting and loop finding tool , which allows you to change a breakbeat`s pitch without changing speed + vice versa.
  • Zero-X BeatCreator & Seamless Looper
  • Seamless Looper is Windows software with SCSI support for creating sample loops. BeatCreator allow you to create seamless groove tracks with Fruity Loops support.
  • Zoom RhythmTrak
  • Info from Zoom on their RhythmTrak drum/groove machines plus the SampleTrak 224 groove sampler.
  • Zendrum
  • MIDI drums redefined in a unique electronic controller. Also check the Yahoo Zendrum Group.
  • Zel
  • Zel is an interpretive MIDI programming language for Windows. Version 1.2 includes the Zel Drum Machine, a style based composer and editor which makes it easy to create MIDI drum tracks without having to learn the Zel language. Freeware.

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