drum machine


Definition of drum machine

: an electronic device that simulates the sound of drums

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Asia O’Hara raps over a worldly track that mixes Middle Eastern sitars and tropical marimbas with a classic hip-hop drum machine. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Asia O'Hara Talks New Single 'Queen For Tonight' & Racial Bias in 'Drag Race' Fan Base," 16 June 2018 Most records now are made in people’s garages or bedrooms with computers and drum machine. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Nick Lowe is back, swinging harder than ever," 28 June 2018 The two earlier musical revolutions are the mid-’60s, with the explosion of rock ’n’ roll, and the mid-’80s, with the arrival of synthesizers and drum machines. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 Front woman Courtney Spivak is a musical and visual artist with a unique fashion sense Drummer James Donovan melds his live percussion with Spivak’s arrangements, which incorporate distorted synths and drum machines. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Hamtramck Music Fest to showcase 160 acts over 3 days; here are 8 not to miss," 28 Feb. 2018 Member: Kyle Cerlan, 17, guitar, vocals, drum machine. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off: Meet the bands," 15 Jan. 2018 In his version of bubu, the patterns of the bamboo horns were transferred to keyboard and guitar, and the momentum of hand percussion was taken over by the rhythm section and a drum machine. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide," 3 Apr. 2018 Guitar heroes have receded from the spotlight, and even in Nashville, once nicknamed Guitar Town, studio production is frequently powered by drum machines, programming and synthesizers these days. Jewly Hight, New York Times, "Brothers Osborne Want to Bring Guitar Heroes Back to Nashville," 12 Apr. 2018 Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records produced a documentary about the famous Roland TR-808 drum machine that was released in late 2016 on Apple Music. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "With documentaries on David Crosby and Joan Jett, music company BMG is pushing into the film business," 3 Apr. 2018

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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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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