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By Erik Miller

Going back to the early 1980s and the inventions of the Linn LM-1 Drum Computer and Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, it’s clear that the drum machine’s evolution has been dramatic and its impact on dancefloor-related music undeniable. From just those three machines, DJs have been given timeless hits (from Prince, for example, using the Linn drum) and entire genres (the 808 brought us early hip-hop, while the 909 was more responsible for house and techno) for their spinning pleasures.

The approaches in the studio have mutated over the years, to be sure. However, no matter your studio preferences, no matter your genre choice, if you’re making music for the dancefloor, you need a solid, steady and unique bottom. Enter the newest entry from Italy’s IK Multimedia…

UNO Drum: Now, IK Multimedia – maker of various music-related solutions – has brought us the UNO Drum machine. Made in cooperation with Italian analog specialist Soundmachines, UNO Drum is something standalone for the beginner drum-machine-user all the way up the expert. With a great pairing of effects, touch controls, a 16-step sequencer, and a ton more – you can build your own loops, store them, and develop an entire drum section with only this tiny unit in your hands. IK Multimedia has surely made something special with this one.


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