7 Online Drum Machines and Kits for Building Beats in the Cloud

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Seasoned professionals may scoff at the following digital beatmaking tools, but for those on a shoestring budget or experimental tip, these just might do the trick. These are 7 online drum machines and kits for building beats in the cloud.

7. WebAudio Drum Machine

webdrum
Source: chromium.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/samples/audio/shiny-drum-machine.html.

This rudimentary JavaScript-based drum machine allows you to compose beats with a decent assortment of kits and effects. Compositions are saved as JSON that can be loaded later by copying/pasting the JSON text string.

6. HTML5 Drum Machine

Source: html5drummachine.com.
Source: html5drummachine.com.

Though aesthetically challenged by some measures, this HTML5-based drum machine gets the job done, and allows for exporting to WAV.

5. Sequence

Source: drumbot.com.
Source: drumbot.com.

This drum pattern sequencer scores points for its clean interface but loses some for being built in Flash. Perhaps an HTML5 versions is in the works.

4. Qwerty Beats

Source: unitunitunit.com/qwertybeats/.
Source: unitunitunit.com/qwertybeats/.

Qwerty Beats takes a novel approach to beatmaking by using a keyboard’s orientation/interface and text labels in place of graphical representations of controls and markers.

3. Tony-b Machine

Source: tony-b.org.
Source: tony-b.org.

The Tony-b Machine is a fun throwback with a limited set of controls and samples. Like Sequence, we’re hoping that Tony-b’s makers are gearing up for a non-Flash version.

2. MMODM

Source: mmodm.co.
Source: mmodm.co.

Short for massively multiplayer online drum machine, MMODM is a drum sequencing platform built by MIT Media Lab that allows you to contribute and build beats with others via tweets.

1. HTML909 and HTML808

Source: html909.com.
Source: html909.com.

The Roland TR-909 and 808 drum machines need no introduction; these faithful HTML5 reproductions will keep the auditory nostalgia flowing for hours.

In short, more expensive cloud and workstation-based tools exits, but if you’re in a pinch for a quick beat or need a flash of inspiration, one of the above digital beat machines may do the trick. Also, many of these tools are donation-wareso be sure to support your favorite developers if you appreciate their efforts.

 

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