Early Drum Machines

The First Drum Machine   Al-Jazari, an Arab engineer in modern Turkey, invented the first programmable drum machine. Moreover, his drum machine was described in The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, which was written in 1206. His musical device...

Cabasa

The ‘cabasa’, just like the ‘shekere’, is a percussion instrument made of steel ball chains looped around a large cylinder. The cylinder sits attached to a long, thin wooden, plastic or metal handle. It is a popular hand percussion instrument,...

Cajón

The cajón is a box-shaped percussion instrument that originated in Perú. It’s played generally by hitting the front face with the palms, fingers, brushes, mallets, or sticks. Cajones are predominantly famous in Afro-Peruvian music but have also found their way...
Make a Retro Tom Fill

Make a Retro Tom Fill

Synthwave is a genre that mixes nostalgia of the fantasy and action movie soundtracks from the ’80s with modern production methods and precision. Simple patterns, gated reverb, saturation, and samples from drum machines popular in the 1980s, such as the...