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 Shamir, Nick Valensi) Love the drum machine that’s being used throughout the album. Jackson Weimer, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 And then the next thing was the rise of the sound player, the drum machine. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 The song, which was their first track to utilize a drum machine, tells the story of a singer named Duchess who once played to enormous audiences, but falls on hard times in her later years. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 It’s a moody, dramatic number, with a pulsing drum machine setting the pace. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021 At this point in her process, Barnett would have normally called in her live bandmates and put the drum machine back on its shelf. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2021 Producer David Kahne was very meticulous in choosing who sung what and even used a drum machine rather than the group’s live drumming. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 May 2021 Slick followed Dessner’s instruction to play along with the song’s drum machine track, but the process of coming up with a drum part without being able to hear the lyrics or melody was strange. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2021 The abnormal, yet catchy drumbeat would change the scope of what could be done on a drum machine and, thus, in hip hop. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2021

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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 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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