Dr. Drum Beat Making Software Review
Product: Dr. Drum Beat Making Software
Cheapest Place to Buy: www.drdrum.com
Guarantee: 60 Days Money Back Guarantee
Add-Ons: Platinum Expansion Pack, The Audio Plugins Subscription
My Rating: 6,5 Out Of 10
If you are looking for a music software which gives you the opportunity to create your own beats in a small amount of time, then Dr. Drum Beat Making Software might be the right thing for you. There are lots of so called DAWs on the market, and new software in this segment is always adding up.
The normal way of getting into things is to buy a DAW like Fruity Loops or Ableton Live 9 and then start learning about the software in order to start creating music.
Usually, the learning curve for this kind of software is a longer one, as there are a lot of functions which are to be discovered and understood in order to create a workflow.
The normal price for a DAW is between 100$ and 500$.
If you want to make Hip Hop Beats, for example, you wouldn´t need very complicated structures, but you would need good plugins which are suited for Hip Hop.
Let´s say you buy Fruity Loops Studio and you get to buy extensive plugins which are designed for Hip Hop, you would be paying a high price for an easy to achieve goal.
A beginner can start out making hip hop beats easily on Fruity Loops Studio, but he should keep in mind that the preinstalled samples aren´t really made for HipHop.
Why you should be interested in Dr. Drum: with all important add-ons it costs under 100$.
This is why I write this Dr. Drum Beat Making Software Review:
With this software, you can easily start out making Hip Hop or other kinds of Beats within hours after downloading the product. It has an easy to use surface, which is basically very intuitive.
Here´s a pic:
The yellow box (Import Plugins) represents one of the good features within Dr. Drum:
If you have found a free sample on the Internet, or if you have bought one or made it yourself, you can import it and use it.
The blue box is one of the 16 tracks which has 4 basic effects, and a master volume.
Once you have drawn and selected a channel, like it is shown in the little pink box, you can chose one of three instrument categories, keys meaning not only keyboard but melody instruments in general, for example guitars.
The next picture shows the inside of a chosen track (in this case it´s the drum kit):
The green box shows the volume controls for each instrument of the selected sound kit, the red box on the left shows the chosen drum kit and the violet box at the bottom is the toolbar which is also displayed in the picture shown before.
This is how the pattern sounds like:
The software features the following elements:
- a 16 tracks step-sequencer
- an export function to .WAV
- a very simple and intuitive surface
- you can use your own plugins
- you can change the drum soundkits and move or copy them with a few clicks
- you can as well move or copy any other selected track
- you can upload your files to Youtube or Soundcloud
- you can change the drumset´s sound or the instruments just by choosing another one and clicking on it
- there are video tutorials in the members area
- you can buy additional plugins and additional sounds
- Dr. Drum is predestined to make playalong tapes for practicing purposes
But there are also things that speak against buying Dr. Drum:
It is not compatible with any MIDI device, which means that you always have to draw in melodies or drum beats.
This might be a littlebit frustrating, but I see it from this side: the simplicity of Dr. Drum makes you be freer in creating music and more creative as you don’t have to be an expert on the program before starting out and because there are less options than in other DAWs. If you decide to go for another DAW, there is a 60-day money back guarantee.
Another disadvantage of this software is that when you´re composing a beat with for example 90 bars, the display can get a little bit unclear as the drawn bars on the channels get smaller and smaller.
There are two add-ons with this product, the The Platinum Expansion Pack and The Audio Plugins Subscription.
With the Platinum Expansion Pack, you get over 2 GB of sounds that are made for the use with Dr. Drum. It costs 39.95$ one time.
There are additional
- 120 Bass Sounds
- 82 Drum Kits
- 340 Melodic Instruments / Sounds
The Audio Plugins Subscription
These are audio plugins that allow you to change your sounds and enhance them to sound different. Like this you can add something unique to your production.
Within this subscription are always new possibilities, that´s why it costs 4.95$ + 19.99$ per month.
Speaking of extensibility, this is what you get if you decide to buy one or both of the add-ons.
But: If you know how to create your own sounds, you don´t need them, because as I already have shown, the software allows you to insert your own plugins/sounds.