We’ve got great news: building drum patterns for your song has never been more seamless. If you’re a music creator or producer on BandLab looking to create drum parts for your next hit, look no further. Our handy Drum Machine feature offers you a quick way to create multiple drum patterns for your song on-the-go.
Whether you want to create a quick beat on your commute, or feel inspired to start a beat-making session in your bedroom – we’ve got you sorted. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to use Drum Machine, and dive into Studio to start crafting some groovy 4/4 rhythmic drum patterns right away!
What is Drum Machine
Drum Machine, the latest offering in BandLab’s suite of music-making tools, is an online sequencer designed to help you build and customize drum patterns for your musical creations. The best part? It’s accessible on both web and mobile. Start by exploring an assortment of drum kits and pads across different genres, load up your favorite, and begin constructing. Choose the convenience of two pre-built drum patterns per kit for an instant beat, or get creative and customize your own.
Have questions about Drum Machine and online sequencers? We explain it all here.
How to use Drum Machine
1. Locate Drum Machine
To access Drum Machine, follow these steps: Navigate to the app’s Create tab and click on Drum Machine, or select it from the options under the New Track menu in Studio.
Upon launching Drum Machine, you’ll discover that it comes preloaded with the 808 drum kit and pattern. This means you have a rhythm to experiment with right from the start.
2. Explore our free library of drum sounds
Want to explore more sounds? No problem. Drum Machine offers an extensive library of more than 60 free drum kits and pads. These cover a wide range of genres ranging from hip hop and boom bap classics, to funk and classic rock.
Tap to preview each kit. If you like what you hear, take the next step and launch your track of choice to start crafting a drum pattern.
3. Customize your drum pattern
If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve got you. Each drum kit and pad you select in Drum Machine’s sound library comes with two pre-built drum patterns (saved under patterns A and B) that you can use directly in your song. To add your personal touch, you can experiment with various drum sounds and grid notes.
The grid features eight rows of drum sounds ready for sequencing. Customize each row by tapping on the corresponding drum icons on the left side of the screen, and selecting from a few available drum sounds. You can also tap individual notes on the grid to add or remove elements and modify the pattern further. Want to add or remove an entire string of notes? Just tap and hold on a row and drag left or right – handy for those hi-hats or snare rolls!
Have a more advanced understanding of music production? Feel free to step away from the pre-built patterns and craft your entire drum part from scratch. You can create up to eight custom patterns in Drum Machine, saved under the letters A to H. Want to create variations of a current pattern for different parts of your song? Easy. Just hit the three dot menu on the top right of the screen, select “Copy”, then paste the pattern on a different custom slot to make tweaks there.
Once you’re happy with the patterns you’ve created, adding them to your sequence is a breeze. Leave the pattern editor, then tap on any region and select the Drum Machine icon to switch the pattern. You can also tap on an empty space in your arrangement, tap the Drum Machine icon, and insert a new pattern of choice.
4. Start shaping your song in Studio
Begin constructing your song by layering in some vocal or instrumental tracks. Need some inspiration? Explore our array of other features, such as SongStarter, for AI-powered musical ideas that complement your drum pattern. Or, browse BandLab Sounds for more than 100,000 free audio loops and one-shots to shape up your track.
Now that you know how to use Drum Machine, start crafting one-of-a-kind drum patterns for your next masterpiece. Who knows? You might be on the cusp of a chart-topping hit.