Today we are going to take a look at three digital beat makers, Ordrummer, Dub Turbo, and BTV SOLO. I chose these three because they are affordable and yet produce a very good quality beat track. All of them are capable of producing a beat track in the wav format at the industry standard of 44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo.
Ordrummer is an open source beat maker meaning it is free to download and use and that is its greatest advantage. Dub Turbo is a 16 track, digital beat maker that utilizes pre-mixed and mastered sound samples so that your finished beat track is rendered at a professional level. Its greatest asset is the staggering number of samples that come with Dub Turbo: 4000 samples! BTV SOLO is the new kid on the block and is already making waves. It is the same price as Dub Turbo, but it only has about 1000 samples that come with it; however, BTV SOLO comes with a complete sound editing suite that includes special effects such as reverb, high and low pass filters, and audio signal comperssors.
Which should I chose? Dub Turbo, BTV SOLO, Or Ordrummer? It really depends on what you want to accomplish with your beat making. If you just want to play around and have some fun, then go with the freebie, Ordrummer. It comes with sample libraries and its only drawback is that if you want a professional sound, you are going to have to either buy or record better sample sounds than those that come with it.
If you want to produce professional quality beat tracks quickly and you do not want to spend days learning sound engineering, then Dub Turbo is your choice. You can have a sick beat finished and burned to CD within an hour after downloading the program.
If you want to learn sound engineering or you know about signal compression, equalization, and other advanced audio engineering techniques, then BTV SOLO is your choice.
A Final Word about Dub Turbo, BTV SOLO and Ordrummer. Sound quality is the most important thing to consider when making a beat or producing any kind of music as far as that is concerned. No one will listen to your beats, no matter how clever they are constructed, if they sound like a cricket in jumping around in an empty soda can.
You need the full throated thump of the kick bass and the searing hiss of the cymbals along with the tonal hits on the congas to breathe life into your beats.
So avoid digital beat makers that make your beat creations sound like they escaped from an 80’s video game and make sure they get the beat maker they deserve.
with Allison Weiss
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