10 Best Drum Machines 2023

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AKAI Professional MPD218 – ⭐ Best Overall Drum Machine

MPD218 by Akai Professional

  • Color: Red LED Pads
  • Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Warranty: One year parts and labor.
AKAI Professional MPD218
  • Beat Production, Anywhere - Ultra-portable, feature-packed and USB powered pad controller with 16 thick fat MPC pads for triggering drums, melodic samples, effects and more
  • Expandable Banks - Easily accessible dedicated controls for three pad banks provides a total of 48 assignable pads
  • Assignable Control - 18 fully assignable 360-Degree potentiometers accessible via three banks for controlling DAW, virtual effect and virtual instrument parameters
  • Feature Packed - MPC note repeat and full level controls for immersive expressive performances
  • Comprehensive Software Suite Included - Ableton Live Lite, Sonivox Big Bang cinematic percussion and Big Bang universal drums
  • The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the finest features and essential production tools from the Akai Professional MPC Series
  • IOS Connectivity Covered - Control your iOS apps and open up a world of pad control capability using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)

Alesis SR-16 | Studio-Grade Standalone Drum Machine With On-Board Sound

SR16 by Alesis

  • Release date: 01/01/2008
  • Color: BLACK
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor.
Alesis SR-16 | Studio-Grade Standalone Drum Machine With On-Board Sound
  • A Studio Icon - Legendary classic drum machine for songwriters, live perform-ers and remix engineers
  • In Demand Sound - 233 professional sounds included, built-in digital effects for added realism and powered by Alesis exclusive Dynamic Articulation
  • Seamless MIDI Connectivity - Complete MIDI support for use with keyboards, computers, DAWs and electronic drum kits
  • Connectivity Covered - 4 (stereo pairs) outputs; 2-function footswitch jacks for start/stop and count/A/B/fill
  • Production-Ready Features - Sound stacking, step editing, stereo samples with reverb and ambience
  • Professional drum machine with 12 velocity sensitive pads (with Dynamic Articulation(TM))
  • 50 Preset / 50 User drum kits with 233 sounds assignable to any pad
  • Exclusive Alesis Dynamic Articulation feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances
  • Sound stacking, step editing, stereo samples with reverb and ambiance
  • 2 Footswitch Jacks, MIDI I/O, Stereo main and aux outs, headphone jack, power supply included

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

MPKMINI2 by Akai Professional

  • Release date: 06/04/2014
  • Color: Standard
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 12.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year parts & labor.
Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII
  • 25 keys

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro Mk3 Drum Controller

25707 by Native Instruments

  • Release date: 09/18/2018
  • Weight: 2.47 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 8.1 x 3.2 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty.
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro Mk3 Drum Controller
  • Compact, music production instrument that integrates powerful software with tactile, responsive hardware
  • Four ways to input sound using the 16 pads – drum in pad mode, play melodies in Keyboard mode, create chord progressions in Chord mode, and program in a classic step-sequencer style from Step mode
  • Software - use on its own or as a VST, Audio Unit, or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and FL Studio).An Internet connection and a graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate MASCHINE software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline
  • 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection with samples, one-shots, loops, sample instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
  • Powered via USB 2.0. System Requirements- macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM. Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit only), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4GB RAM. USB 2.0 Port, 3 GB free disk space for Maschine Essentials (full Maschine software plus 1.6 GB Maschine Factory Selection), 1 GB free disk space for Massive, Monark and Reaktor Prism

Akai Professional MPC One – 👑 Premium Pick

MPC One by Akai Professional

  • Release date: 03/09/2020
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer.
Akai Professional MPC One
  • Beat Maker Essential - Standalone MPC, sampler, drum machine and MIDI controller (for the included MPC Software – Mac / PC) with the powerful MultiCore System from the MPC Live and MPC X
  • Developed for the Modern Music Producer – 16 velocity sensitive RGB beat pads, 7” high-resolution multi-touch display, touch capacitive encoders and connectivity for USB MIDI keyboard controllers
  • Connectivity - MIDI In / MIDI Out for control of synthesizers and drum machines; (2) line inputs for recording / sampling; (2) line outputs; headphone out; CV/Gate outputs for modular synth control
  • On Demand Sound - Custom sample & loop library; exclusive standalone synth engines (Electric, Tubesynth and Bassline); premium AIR FX for mixing & mastering; network access for Splice Integration
  • The MPC Experience – Compact desktop format; built in USB audio interface; USB Slots for thumb drives; SD card slot; MPC mainstays including Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Levels and Transport Controls

FLAMMA FC01 Mini Guitar Pedal Drum Machine & Phrase Loop – 💲 Best Budget Drum Machine


  • Color: purple
  • Dimensions: 1.9 x 3.3 x 2.1 inches
FLAMMA FC01 Mini Guitar Pedal Drum Machine & Phrase Loop
  • Individual looper and drum machine modules can work simultaneously.
  • 8 drum groove styles with 2 variations of each (16 drum grooves in total)
  • Maximum recording time: 20 mintues.
  • Playback level for looper and drum machine can be controlled seperately
  • Tap tempo control for groove tempo.One-year Guarentee.

Teenage Engineering PO-12 Pocket Operator Rhythm Drum Machine

TE010AS012 by Teenage Engineering

  • Color: PO-12
  • Weight: 0.14 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.
Teenage Engineering PO-12 Pocket Operator Rhythm Drum Machine
  • PRODUCES 16 DIFFERENT DRUM SOUNDS - The Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm uses real synthesized drum sounds to recreate drum and percussion sounds like cymbals, hi-hat, cowbell, and more.
  • OFFERS 16 BUILT-IN EFFECTS - The Rhythm Pocket Operator has 16 onboard FX including distortion, delay, stutter, and vibrato.
  • LETS YOU CREATE A WHOLE SONG - The 16-step sequencer and step-multiplier allow you to chain up to 16 patterns together. You can also insert a re-trig in a single step.
  • FINE-TUNE THE EFFECTS IN REAL-TIME - Effortlessly edit the 16 effects with the dual real-time parameters. You can fine-tune the tempo from 60 to 240bpm.
  • JAM ON THE GO! - PO-12 Rhythm has a jam-sync function, which lets you connect the unit with other Pocket Operators. You can also integrate PO-12 with 3rd-party gears thanks to its integrated audio-pulse-based sync.

Arturia DrumBrute Analog Drum Machine

560101 by Arturia

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 3.75 pounds
  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.9 x 0.2 inches
Arturia DrumBrute Analog Drum Machine
  • Wide-range of controls allowing for many new and unique sounds Two flavors of kick drum Unique analog Reverse Cymbal 64 patterns with up to 64 steps each Separate accent per drum Step Repeat for creating looping glitch effects Song mode for chaining patterns Swing and randomizer can be global or per instrument Pattern looper for beat repeat functions Steiner Parker output filter with bypass (high pass & low pass) Multiple sync options (Internal, USB, MIDI, Clo
  • With the vast majority of the past few decades' drum machine designs largely being emulations of the great machines that have gone before, Arturia’s introduction of a fully analog hardware drum machine with organic, integral sound creation is a major event
  • The DrumBrute is firmly rooted in the classic drum machines, but it builds upon these traditions in terms of superior audio specifications and lower noise floor than the rhythm composers that paved the way
  • It also features far greater versatility in sound generation and programming options than the classic machines ever had
  • The DrumBrute offers seventeen true analog sounds, unique performance effects, a modern step sequencer, tremendous ease of use and state-of-the-art connectivity

BeatBuddy the Only Drum Machine That sounds Human and is

BeatBuddy by Singular Sound

  • Weight: 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
BeatBuddy the Only Drum Machine That sounds Human and is
  • The first drum machine in a pedal format, enabling full hands-free, creative control of the beat
  • Included: Over 200 songs in 24 genres (that you control) and 10 ultra-realistic drum sets
  • Holds 3.2 million songs / 300 drum sets. Download new content or create your own songs or drum sets
  • Visual Metronome on LCD screen makes it easy to improve rhythm and play new time signatures
  • Award-winning sound quality-the first drum machine that doesn't sound like a machine

Korg Drum Machine (VOLCA


  • Release date: 04/30/2019
  • Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
Korg Drum Machine (VOLCA
  • The KORG volca drum is a compact Digital percussion synth with assignable 6-part x 2-layer stucture and drum sounds created by KORG's new DSP analogue modelling engine
  • The assignable 16 x 6 part kits (plus 10 preloaded kits) gives you complete freedom to assign sounds plus use the waveguide resonator effect settings individualyl or simulaneously
  • For each layer you have 5 types of oscillator waveforms and 3 types of Pitch Modulation and amp EG to play with giving a vast array of sounds at your finger tips
  • Create and improvise drum patterns using the 16-step sequencer plus you can loop and chain sequence patterns with memorised knob operations
  • The Volca Drum is a compact unit that can be taken anywhere powered by battery or mains power with a built in speaker and headphone socket

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