The Drumulator is a rhythm/drum machine that features twelve digitally recorded drum sounds stored on computer chips, and extensive solid-state recording capabilities. You may record up to 36 individual rhythm patterns (called segments), and then combine these segments in just about any order imaginable to create up to 8 songs.
When composing/recording a segment (which can be up to 99 measures long!), a metronome click indicates the tempo, and a light shows the beginning of the segment. To record, say, the bass drum part of a rhythm, you listen to the metronome and play the bass drum wherever you want it to occur in the segment. The Drumulator then remembers where you wanted the bass drum, and can even correct for timing inaccuracies.
You may record up to four drum sounds at any one time; you may then stop recording, change over to four new drum sounds, resume recording, and continue “overdubbing” these new drums for up to 12 drum parts. You can edit the part as you go along (erase some sounds, add others, erase only certain beats of certain sounds, and so on), alter the dynamics of each drum, and vary the overall mix of the drums.
You may play segments individually or combine them into songs. To create a song, you tell the machine which segments you want to use, the order you want them in, and any repeats, which might occur in the song. If you want to edit the song, no problem: you can insert new segments, delete old ones, add repeats, change tempos in the middle of a song, or even jump automatically to a different song after the first one has finished playing.
The Drumulator lets you create virtually any time signature you want, includes built -in battery backup which stores the segments and songs for up to five years (or, transfer this data over to cassette for permanent storage), provides long and short “beep” messages to confirm your instructions and advise you of the Drumulator’s status, and is compatible with any device that can drive other drum units — and even some devices which can’t drive other drum units.