drum machine


Definition of drum machine

: an electronic device that simulates the sound of drums

Examples of drum machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The album’s layered sounds are equally organic and electronic, grounded as much in the piano as in the drum machine. Emily J. Lordi Photographs By Liz Johnson Artur, New York Times, "FKA Twigs," 19 Oct. 2020 At the time, a new generation of musicians was creating exciting new synth and drum machine addled sounds. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "20 songs to take you back to ’80s roller skating rinks," 29 Apr. 2020 Even international phenomena like Puerto Rican reggaeton, Jamaican dembow, Nigerian Afrobeats and pan-Caribbean urbano and Latin trap feature the same tinny, limited drum machine tones. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?," 25 Dec. 2019 New York's foxiest hipsters run Afrobeat and Julian Casablancas croon through a drum machine. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Why rock fans should buy some music today," 1 May 2020 Always a vibrant and lively musical presence, the new tune seems to incorporate the Asian-influence of her Sri Lankan roots, choppin' her vocals into a rhythmic hook over a breathy beat, drum machine bass and flute melodies. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Is New M.I.A. Music Coming Soon?," 28 Jan. 2020 Goransson spent most of his youth in his family’s basement, teaching himself how to use a drum machine and a digital eight-track recorder, and nurturing another fascination: soundtracks. Tim Greiving, New York Times, "How Ludwig Goransson Became Directors’ Secret Musical Weapon," 11 Nov. 2019 The genre started roughly a decade ago among a loose network of artists who repurposed last-century drum machines and samples for its signature mellow sound. Steven Johnson, Washington Post, "How lo-fi artists make music perfect for work. (Or studying. Or chilling.)," 19 Feb. 2020 And while the original remains sheer perfection, this eight-and-a-half-minute mix is a revelation, winding down a road full of cool twists and turns on the wheels of synths, guitar and drum machine. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Prince's '1999': 10 Best Bonus Songs on the Super Deluxe Edition," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of drum machine

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Drum machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20machine. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drum machine

: an electronic device that makes sounds like the sounds of a drum

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