Yamaha RX-11 drum machine and similar...

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Hi folks. Long time no post. This is a drum machine / VST plugin related question potentially.

I was looking at the Korg Volca Beats for live use and even recording, and I came across alternatives  in a similar price range, such as the Yamaha RX-11. This looks to have a lovely old style electro snare sound. (seems to be nice and dry from the demos I have seen)

I came across a free plugin online, but it’s for 32 bit machines, and haven’t yet managed to find something for 64 bit.

Any alternative options either as a drum machine or a plugin?

I have imaschine on the ipad, and it’s ok. I wouldn’t use a lot of what’s on it to be honest.

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  • SargeSarge Frets: 1520
    Yamaha ry30 is a superb wee drumbox, really nice soft touch pads that can take a good hammering and a good sound pallete  
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 571

    I have a volca beats. Whilst it's a great little drum synth, I doubt it would be much use for live work. It's only 16 step, and you can't chain saved loops. So you wouldn't be able to play a "song" without switching from one saved track to another.

    Currently have similar questions/needs regarding live music without a drummer. I think I'm going to go the laptop/DAW route with a Launchpad.

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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 56
    Ah this I did not know. So I’d have to use the same beat for an entire song with the Volca? Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing as I wouldn’t want to make anything sound like a “real” drum kit but can imagine the same beat could get boring after a while...
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 571

    Yes, pretty much. From a performance point of view, if you're "playing" it, it's OK, as you can mute, solo, and alter individual instruments. But if you wanted to have a song with different patterns throughout you can't really do it.

    I don't really know about proper drum machines, but I think if you were wanting a performance aid/accompaniment, I think a drum machine would be better than the Volca Beats. I suspect a drum machine will do everything the Beats does and more.

    The Alesis SR 16 and 18 are relatively cheap, and get a good rep. Probably worth a punt.



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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 56
    I had the Alesis before, can't recall which model, and I didn't like the sounds. It sounded like an electro kit trying to sound like an acoustic kit, but maybe I should give it another chance...

    I did like the drum sounds on the Yamaha RX-11 demos. It's an old machine, so curious as to whether there are more modern ones with the same sounds.
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  • horsehorse Frets: 555
    Maybe something like the old boss dr660? Seem to remember it had the old Roland samples as well as acoustic kits
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  • Yeah, I'll keep the eyes open....
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5438

    I got the Aly James Linn drum machine and it's fantastic.  There is a Minneapolis setting on it and it nails the 80s Prince sound exactly.  You can also load in other sounds from other drum machines.  I haven't done this but it might be worth looking at for you -

    http://www.alyjameslab.com/alyjameslabvlinn.html

    he also does a Simmons drum VST.  it sounds amazing too, but only available on Windows. 

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  • I have a windows machine, so will check it out! Thanks!
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 56
    edited 8:45AM
    Picked up a Korg Volca beats a few weeks ago, and gah! I can't get my head around it. I do like the glitches and electro sounds and filters etc.
    Is there any such thing that would give me the following:
    Turn it on > put in tempo and length of bar etc > press record and play > loop it

    The idea of the Volca is good. Plug it in, and play.

    A maschine or maschine micro would do the trick, but I'm thinking of a cheaper option?
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