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Choosing the Best Drum Machine for Your Needs and Budget

If you're looking for a drum machine, you're in the right place. Whether you have an idea of what you want or need some help getting started, this guide is for you.

Below, we've put together the best drum machines for different budgets and players. And we share some of the best drum machine content on Reverb to help explain what instrument makes sense for you.

Will you be looking to play your drum machine on stage or in the studio? Do you know the difference between real-time and step-time sequencing? What about the differences between analog and digital machines? Check out the video above to see Reverb's Justin DeLay break down some of these basic questions that new buyers should consider before purchasing their first drum machine.

Keep browsing to find the drum machine that's right for you.

Best-in-Class Drum Machines

Explore Our Picks for the Best Modern and Vintage Drum Machines

The Best for Beginners on a Budget

If this is your first-ever drum machine purchase, price might be your main concern. If that's the case, be sure to check out the deals below to find the right machine within your price range.

Budget-Friendly Drum Machines

Modern Machines with Robust Feature Sets

If you're most interested in limitless sonic possibilities and robust feature sets, you should check out some of the best modern drum machines on the market today. Hybrid analog, digital, and sampling machines abound, providing players endless inspiration and possibilities for music-making.

Excellent Modern Drum Machines

Vintage Machines for Classic Sounds

If the music you make is rooted in a specific sound from the past and you just can't get enough of watching YouTube demos of classic gear, then a vintage machine could be the inspiration that you need.

Excellent Vintage Drum Machines

Drum Machine Deals

Recently Listed Items, Price Drops, and Deals & Steals

Snag a Great Deal

We love the machines we've curated above, but that's only scratching the surface when it comes to what's available on Reverb. Thousands of items are listed from around the world every day, and there are always deals and steals to be found lurking in the pages of the site.

We wanted to bring those drum machine and sampling deals front and center.

Drum Machine Deals and Steals

Recently Listed Drum Machines

This collection pulls in real-time drum machine listings from the Reverb marketplace, giving you a good look at what people are trying to sell right this second. Be the first to check out a listing and grab yourself a deal before it's gone.

Recent Listings

Price Drops

This collection displays drum machine listings that have recently dropped in price. No promo or sale codes are needed to take advantage of these discounts.

Price Drops

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Do More with Your Drum Machine

History Lessons, Gear Recommendations, and More

If this is your first drum machine, you might not be familiar with storied history of the instrument or how specifically you can use yours to its maximum potential. Below, we've curated some of the most relevant on Reverb to help teach you about your new instrument.

We here at Reverb put the video below together of the history of the drum machine using drum machines from Moby's historic collection that he sold on Reverb last year. To read more about the machines in the video, check out the Reverb News post here.

Shopping for and buying the right drum machine is only just the beginning. Once you've made your choice, there's so much more to learn about how to play it, how to record it, and how to make it one of the most useful additions to your studio or stage rig.

Check out the articles from Reverb News in the collection below to learn more about how to record your drum machine and use it creatively.

Drum Machine Related Reading

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