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.
Though aesthetically challenged by some measures, this HTML5-based drum machine gets the job done, and allows for exporting to WAV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-ware—so be sure to support your favorite developers if you appreciate their efforts.