drum machine

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drum machine

Music a synthesizer specially programmed to reproduce the sound of drums and other percussion instruments in variable rhythms and combinations selected by the musician; the resulting beat is produced continually until stopped or changed
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Indeed, when the guitars and furious handclaps pick up full speed, Jaleo turn themselves into a stuttering rhythm machine, creating an amazingly dynamic sound out of their bare acoustic resources.
To make this background rhythm machine, you'll need 16 inches each of 7/8-inch and 1/4-inch hardwood dowel, a handsaw, sandpaper, and clear sealer.
Alongside Gillan were survivors Roger Glover and Ian Paice - the tightest rhythm machine this side of AC/DC - keyboardsman Don Airey and guitar virtuoso Steve Morse.
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Where those early '80s discs still exude large doses of pure, natural soul, much of the three-CD ``Emancipation'' suffers from the use of hideous rhythm machines, tinny synthesizers, insipid, self-important lyrics and soppy, cliche-ridden melodies.
Their synthesizers, rhythm machines, and loops in effect presaged the digital sampling technology of the mid '80s and all that ensued.