vurt wrote:ill hit anything. including fish.
I'll hit anything too (but not fish, since I'm vegetarian
I feel weirdly in-between the worlds of hardware and software. I have a drum set that I don't have set up because I've no room for it, and because my stupid town has an actual statute against drums for noise (yet they don't have any statutes against the grocery store blasting leaf blowers at 3am). But I like having the option for times when I can drag the kit out and play a bit during the daytime and get away with it. I also have tins from food that make great sounds when struck. I like mixing as much real acoustic stuff with my synths as I can, and that includes real drums, or anything that makes a satisfying thump, whack, klang, boom, thud...
Being a lover of synthesizers and sampling, I love having the options and minutia of control on the DAW and software, but I find it lacking in immediacy and feel. I have a Korg PadKontrol, which helps with stuff like BFD. I absolutely love the simplicity of Linplug's CM-505 and its sounds, but it's never going to go 64-bit on Mac, so I'm leaving it behind. But my appreciation for it makes me think I'd enjoy a piece of hardware designed that way. Every other drum plugin I've looked at is more than I need and I'd rather have hands-on with a physical gadget nowadays.
Maschine looks really cool as a hardware controller, but it is expensive, large (I'm already out of workspace), yet another thing to integrate into a DAW, and still just software (not standalone)... and it kinda killed Kore, which I still feel was a mistake.
I'm a bit sick of mousing on a screen to make music (it partially has to do with a small screen but I really like the immediacy of hardware, in theory), though i've done well with with software thus far. I'm more sick of the complexity of software, especially over time as things revise (I don't know how anyone can lock their system down and never upgrade anything ever; we're forced to by something). The idea of instant recall on plugins was great until we discovered it was a lie. How instant recall is that project you worked on five years ago when you've moved to a new version of your DAW, synths, OS, or platform? Maybe we were better off when we didn't have instant recall because we didn't expect it and weren't disappointed.
I'm trying to find a comfortable way to make use of my hardware synths to make music. I'm not an instrumentalist; the use of a sequencer is really part of who I am as a musician, so I do still need to use MIDI and prefer its flexibility. Recording pure audio only isn't something I'm comfortable with (I've done this in the past and have regretted it because of finding recording defects that I can't remove, and not having any idea what the original sound source was, to recreate it, because it was an impulsive recording session- tip for beginners: make notes!!).
I love the idea of turning on a hardware gadget and playing, as much as I love the ideal of integrated instant recall, and love even more the idea of plugging bits of gear into other gear to get new sounds from old gear. I like direct control over things with actual buttons, knobs, sliders, instead of the frustration of awkward mouse-based stuff (or the time spent mapping screen controls to generic hardware). So all this drum machine and hardware synth stuff intrigues me ... But I'm poor and have lots of stuff to use already. So I watch the hardware with curiosity. I'd love to get some hands-on time with these gadgets, just to know if it would be something for me in the future.
This is what the original post got me thinking about. I assume that the "TL;DR" summary is: I'd love to have a drum machine in my studio as an option, and hope they continue being made.
As for whether drum machines are dead... I'm not qualified to opine.