Beats By Dr Dre Headphones caused some stir when it was released into the mainstream market some years back. Let’s face it, there is a difference when you use those headphones but in case you’re wondering what the headphones have to do with Dr Drum, just hold on. Gone are the days when certain things are beyond the reach of the average Joe like you and me. Today, you can practically get anything you want so long as you know where to look. This describes the case of Dr Drum beat making software.
Of course, one of the reasons why we like going to the club is the DJ. To be honest, if DJs are not making sick beats that people can jiggle to, the patronage will drop. This is why clubs pay premiums for DJs especially those who know their onions and can hold their own turf. In fact, it seems like DJs sort of have their own cult that only talented people can break into—until now. Thanks to the Dr Drum software, you can now make your own beats just like a professional does and you don’t need any experience or sophisticated equipment.
What is the Dr Drum Software?
Dr Drum is a software program that has been designed for making professional beats using just your PC or Mac. Of course, there are several products out there that claim to help you make professional beats and some will still be released in the future. However, I’ve been privileged to use the other ones and Dr Drum and I can authoritatively tell you that you would want to get Dr Drum. Really, the others are lame compared to Dr Drum and here are some of the reasons why:
- They are present in amateur formats: Most of the other software products use MP3 formats and if you know what obtains in the music industry, this is so rudimentary. Nobody is going to take you serious if you only present beats that come in MP3s. The reason is simple. MP3s are compressed file formats and are therefore not professional. Furthermore, when they are exported, they are compressed again which further reduces the quality.
- You can’t get better than the sample production values. The way the other programs have been designed, you can’t go lower than what the samples provide and this is not good for professional beat making. After all, you wouldn’t want your beats to sound like they are coming out of your phone!
- There aren’t enough samples to work with: Most of the other programs just scrape a few samples together and this limits the scope of beat development because you don’t just have enough samples to work with. This can be frustrating especially if you are the creative type and you have beats coming to you but can’t reproduce them because of this limitation.
- They are not user-friendly: the truth is most of these other programs are so complicated and technical such that using them takes a lot of effort.
What Dr Drum Offers
16-Track Sequencer: This is probably the best feature so far in the Dr Drum software. Beat making can’t be easier than it is with the 16 track sequencer that makes composing and editing beats fast and without complications. The highly powerful and intuitive user interface allows you to do several things in a matter of clicks. These include copying single or multiple bars, editing a track’s volume, mid tones, low tones, high tones and individual panning and several others. Now here’s the really good part. The in-built YouTube uploader allows you to create an accompanying video and also upload it to your account, making your own totally customized video.
12-Pad Drum Machine: This represents the huge database of exclusive and digitally mastered sounds and the accompanying 12 pads that allow you to demonstrate your talent and commitment. You can even add your own samples by just “dragging and dropping” them to create unique beats. Some of the other things you can do with Dr Drum include moving sounds with only a few clicks, mixing each channel’s volume any way you deem fit and changing kits with just one click.
4-Octave Keyboard: Here, you can add guitars, strings, pianos, FX, synth and a whole lot more. You can also import your own samples and the good thing is Dr Drum scans the imported samples, determines their notes and then recreates the other notes (all of them) to produce a full 4-octave sound from just one sample.
Just in case you are wondering whether to get Dr Drum or not, here is a brief recap of the benefits. These should help you make the right decision.
- You don’t need any experience to use it. Even if you’ve never seen a mixing board or sequencer before, you’ll be turning out professional beats in no time at all.
- You don’t need any fancy equipment; you only need your PC or Mac.
- User-friendly interface that’s very easy to learn and use.
- Gives you access to the same tools that the pros use but at just a fraction of the cost.
At just $39.95, Dr Drum is a real bargain especially if you remember that the beats are produced in 44.1 stereo 16-bit PCM.wav format. Lastly, there are no hidden monthly charges like some other programs.
You can visit the official Dr Drum website here.
Watch our video review of Dr Drum Digital Beat Making Software here.