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Best way to create drum beats to play guitar to?

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Initial post: Jan 7, 2010 10:59:50 AM PST
99-Percent says:
I've played drums my whole life. Now I'm learning electric guitar and would like a way to create a drum beat and have it play through some speaker system so I can play guitar along to it. I don't want to be forced to do this through my headphones because what if I have a bass player over, and we both want to jam along to the drum beat. What is the best/cheapest/easiest way to accomplish this? Many thanks!

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 4:02:44 PM PST
Hepcat Vince says:
Find a used Alesis SR-16 MIDI Drum Machine--lots of great grooves, plus you can create/store your own. I picked one up for $65 this year.
Another option, if you have a computer, is Band-in-a-Box. Just type in the chord changes of the song, choose a style, and it creates the tracks to practice along with (drums, bass, guitar, piano, strings, etc.). You can mute the instrumenents you don't need to listen to (for example, bass guitar and guitar), and even print lead sheets. I've been using it for many years for jazz practice (learning tunes in different keys/styles), and it has a huge following:

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 11:43:56 AM PST
Joe Lohr says: best software to create drum loops or use preset tracks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 8:59:57 PM PST
Get a Zoom G-2 and you will kill two birds with on piece of getting a drum machine and some bonus effects for the guitar! Read the reviews on Amazon and good luck.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 7:22:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2010 7:24:34 AM PST
ksrp says:
Try a Boss RC-2 Loop Station pedal.Has 32 or so different drum patterns and you can play along AND record your work. Endless possibilities. For discounts/better prices try eBay as well as the used effects sections on or

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 9:14:52 AM PST
Daniel Odom says:
just download hydrogen (an open source program) to a laptop and hook said laptop to a stereo; problem solved at zero dollars.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010 9:21:11 PM PST
T. Nield says:
Your absolute easiest way to create drums to jam with is using Acoustica Beatcraft hands down.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 11:33:04 PM PDT
I bought DUBTURBO for my boyfriend who is a producer and rapper and he loves this because he can
Make all his own beats that sound like industry beats. I would recommend this for anyone who is serious
about producing quality beats.
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Posted on Mar 22, 2012 8:19:32 AM PDT
Check out HammerHead Rhythm Station. It's a free download. Simple and effective. Also, there are tons of apps if you have an iPhone.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 1:42:59 PM PDT
Grumbler says:
cheapest, google free drum machine software...

but if you want something portable and cheap and standalone go to the thrift store or garage sales and look at the kids music toys. I have gotten some really awesome drum beats out of them. You can mic the toy or some have headphone output.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 1:49:35 PM PDT
Easiest yet.... Is garage band! Use smart drums if you don't want to program. And if you want a track for a song, create up to 10 sections and change up the patterns. Incredible tool for songwriters and jam sessions!

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 4:30:44 PM PDT
xMGx says:
I have a Boss loop station (RC2) and it's real cool, but I mostly use a Korg Pandora - turn it on, select Blues - and jam/practice licks etc. there's heaps of genre (maybe too many), easy to alter tempo and key and you get a great bass and drum (I hook it through a mixer and have output to headphones so it doesn't drive everyone crazy), and you get a bunch of different amp models. It's my go to for practice.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 6:40:20 AM PDT
Arturia Spark software and put on 'song' mode. The most fun beats with no programming. Tap the BMP to suit yourself.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 4:26:05 PM PDT
Matvei says:
The most successful thing I've done is to use a program like iMake Sheet Music to write out a rhythm, then export it as a midi into Record Producer Pro and use the drum channels there. This allows you to create very precise rhythms which are easily manipulated in RPP or Sony Acid studio or a similar DAW.
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