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MattyPretends116
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Probably a stupid question, but drum machines need a speaker out, right? There's no internal speaker. I want to spice up my metronome practicing, and was thinking of getting a drum unit, but not if I need to get speakers and all that stuff. If I have to run it through my computer, which I don't want to do since I practice in a different room than my PC, I might just use hammerhead...

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Jminor
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Yes, any decent drum machine will need amplification of some sort... be that headphones, monitors, amp, hi-fi, whatever....

Drums need a decent sized driver (8-10" MINIMUM +enclosure size) to move enough air for the kick/toms to sound even close to realistic, anything with a built in speaker IMHO would be a toy....

Headphones are a cheap compromise though... but then you might need a mixer to hear/play guitar at the same time...

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Alan Green
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Why not feed the drum machine into a hi-fi's aux-in connection?

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Cloonsey
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I play my DR880 through a mixer and then into my amp,carn't see any reason why you carn't plug it straight into the amp aslong as the amp has 2 inputs that is.
Not sure if it makes any differance but it's a keyboard amp but works great for guitar aswell.


   
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jasonrunguitar
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I don't have much to add about amplifying the drum machine, but I have a built in drum machine on my GNX3000 station, and lately I've been using it just like you said: to spice up my metronome workouts...it's definitely a lot of fun! Adds a little something to the hum-drum of the metronome.

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MattyPretends116
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Thanks for the replies. I've found its significantly easier to groove and progress with one, and have been using hammerhead for a while. Want to start recording, so I'll probably spring....

:) Matt

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for some fun hook up the drum machine to a delay.

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MattyPretends116
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for some fun hook up the drum machine to a delay.

Wouldn't that make it go from "drum machine" to "chaos?" :lol:

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dogbite
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for some fun hook up the drum machine to a delay.

Wouldn't that make it go from "drum machine" to "chaos?" :lol:

yep. at first. it was too much fun.
but settling down and being discreet. the delay can really add to drums (and vocals).
playing with the delay in real time one can produce Dub. get someone on guitar and there is some very interesting stuff.

very Dub friendly :)

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MattyPretends116
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Yeah I know what you mean. A couple of the new CDs have that Umixit technology, where a song is broken into individual tracks on your pc and you can mess with the levels, etc. I was suprised by the amount of delay on the vocals and drums...didn't notice it in the full track, but I bet if it was taken out you could hear a real difference.

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Chris C
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I've got a drum machine built into my small 8 track recorder and play it through pretty much whatever is to hand. It works fine through a small spare guitar amp that's usually around, and would also be Ok through the regular home music system.

This computer also has a good 5 speaker +bass speaker sound system so I've also successfully run it through the audio card on that.

But mostly it's run through a pair of powered "studio monitors". Grand name, but basically just a pair of small but gutsy speakers that have their own power and don't need an additional amp.


   
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