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Working with a drum machine during a break from work - what the drumbit app has to offer

We continue to talk about services that allow you to record your own track, whether it's for a home project or to distract from work tasks.

Photo: Tunahan Günkan. Source: Unsplash.com

What a drumbit

It's a simple HTML5-based drum machine that just needs a browser. Its author is João Santos, a programmer from Lisbon, who develops several projects for aspiring musicians. For example, his portfolio includes a service to test your musical ear and a web tuner to tune your guitar.

Initially drumbit was a simple royalty free music service with minimal functionality. There you could work with eight samples, adjust volume and BPM. But with time the project grew with new features, and a professional community formed around it. Enthusiasts write tracks on this drum machine and share them on video hosting sites. Some even produce thematic tutorials, where they talk about the features of the instrument.

What it looks like

The application interface is standard and resembles most drum machines. There is a workspace for creating a rhythm, where colored squares define the sequence of samples. You can adjust the volume and pitch of each sample with the sliders on the right side of the window.

By default drumbit loads the standard percussion set - snare drum, snare drum, a couple of hi-hats, crash, floor tom, and others - but you can change the drum-kit if you want. There are more than twenty presets - some are genre-specific (like hip-hop or beatboxing), and others mimic the sound of electronic synthesizers.

Screenshot: https://drumbit.app/

If desired, you can change the stereo position for each individual sample, adjust the highpass and lowpass filters, and enable compression. These operations are available under the Panning and Filters menus.

You can read more about these and other features on the website - the author has provided a manual with descriptions of functions and hotkeys.

Screenshot: https://drumbit.app/

It is worth noting that there is a paid version of the application - drumbit Plus. It allows you to connect custom drum-kits, change the number of steps for the drum beat, and increases the number of available patterns. But for some reason, you can't buy the improved version of the application now - the author makes no comments on this matter.

You can save the drumbit file in JSON format to continue working on it later. To download the finished track to your computer, you need to record it beforehand - the circle in the upper right part of the window is responsible for this. The fragment will be saved in WAV format. You can use it in any way you like.

One option is to upload your work to drumbit.club. This is a thematic community, where enthusiasts exchange fresh tracks and evaluate each other's work. For convenience, compositions created by participants can be sorted by musical style, rating, date of download, or number of downloads.

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