Every skilled music creator or producer understands the role of a well-crafted drum beat in shaping a great song. Just picture Billie Jean by Michael Jackson without the rhythmic finesse of Jeff Porcaro, or Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana lacking Dave Grohl’s raw drumming energy. 

Want to start building your own drum patterns from scratch? No problem. If you’re already using BandLab, here’s a free and fun feature to explore: Drum Machine. This online sequencer lets you seamlessly craft drum parts for your song, or create rhythmic drum patterns quickly. Whether you’re more of a beginner or a seasoned creator, this tool will make it more seamless and efficient to craft drum beats that match your creative vision. 

Before we dive into how Drum Machine can enhance your music production process, read on for a quick refresher on online sequencers and how they can benefit you as a creator.

What is an online sequencer?

An online sequencer, music sequencer, or MIDI sequencer is a digital tool that simplifies music composition, especially for beginners. It provides a user-friendly platform for creating musical arrangements without the need for advanced skills. Users can arrange and play different musical elements, such as notes or drum beats, using intuitive interfaces. For advanced producers, an online sequencer serves more as a playground for complex arrangement techniques.

The benefits of an online sequencer

Now, let’s delve into the specific benefits of an online sequencer, particularly when focusing on drum sequencing:

  • Effortless arrangement: Online drum sequencers simplify the process of arranging drum beats, making it easy for beginners to create rhythmic patterns without extensive music expertise.
  • Creative exploration: Users can experiment with various drum sounds and percussion instruments, encouraging creative exploration in crafting unique and engaging drum sequences.
  • Instant feedback and learning: Online drum sequencers offer instant playback, allowing you to hear your drum patterns immediately. This quick feedback helps beginners learn and understand the impact of different drum elements, fostering a more efficient learning process and encouraging experimentation with various beats and rhythms.

How to use Drum Machine

Now that you’re familiar with online drum sequencers, ready to create your first drum pattern? To start, head to the Create page on the BandLab app, and tap on the Drum Machine icon.

Explore Drum Machine’s library of genre-diverse drum sounds, filled with over 60 free drum kits and pads ranging from hip hop to reggae to lofi

Dive into our soundbank and explore over 60 drum kits and pads, each equipped with ready-to-go patterns to enhance your groove

Found a kit you like? Tap on it to open the track in Studio. When you start, the sequencer track comes pre-loaded with two ready-to-go drum patterns.

Once it’s complete, you can easily add your drum pattern to your project in Studio.

Use any of the two pre-built patterns directly, or tap on the notes in the grid to customize your own drum pattern. You can create up to eight drum patterns by toggling between the letters A-H on the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

When you’re done, you can easily add your drum patterns to your project in Studio. For a more detailed walkthrough, check out our handy guide on how to use Drum Machine.

Trust us, it becomes second nature once you get the hang of it! So, if you’re looking for a seamless and efficient sequencer to rapidly construct diverse drum parts, Drum Machine is just the tool for you. The best part? It’s free and available on web and mobile, which means you can lay down a drum beat whenever inspiration strikes. Dive into Studio now and start bringing your music visions to life!