Lots of drum sounds, easy to sequence, this machine is perfect for anyone who loves making good beats on stage or in studio. I love this DrumBrute and after carefully researching many other drum machines in its $400 - $1,000 price range, I'm ecstatic that I chose this.
I love this drum machine so much, it's almost illegal. It refers to a bunch of different machines from the past, such as an 808 (kick 2), 909 (Kick 1), Clave (CR78) and the list goes on. But it differs in it's shaping capabilities.
What a Bang(er) for the buck!
If you want a x0x box sound drumbrute is not for you. The sounds on it are different, but the individual outputs makes it great for post processing and you can achieve great results. The drum pads are not the best on the market, but with time you get used to it. The roller/looper strip is a great add. The filters are ok but lack a little more ressonance. I great add to any setup
Soundwise, it's sort of a combination of Roland TR 808 and 606 for the most part, but with some nods to the 909 as well - all very positive. The advantage of having the performance options of a Beatstep Pro built in to the unit really opens it up to experimentation and live grooving. Plus having MIDI IN/OUT, CV clock in/out, USB and individual sound outs means that it integrates really well with pretty much anything you might already have. Overall, very straightforward to use with some useable sounds and at a decent price.
This thing is surprisingly powerful and easy to use. Especially for the price. The flexibility this machine gives you with rhythm is really exciting. I love the ability to adjust the swing amount of a pattern or position instruments slightly behind or in front of the beat. This thing has brought out a lot of creativity in me and I highly recommend it. Not crazy about some of the sounds. Especially the "snares" on the snare drum, which sound little cheesy and unnatural. Luckily there are a few parameters/work-arounds I use to get by.
There's literally nothing on the market right now that's comparable in price, size, portability, sound quality, etc.! No joking what so ever. The fact that you can plug it up via usb to your DAW and jam out makes it better. It has individual outs for ever voice. It can even be synced with modular gear. The only thing that'll come close is the Behringer TR 808 clone (and it's not out yet).