Dr Drum’s 16-Track Sequencer
The sequencer is the heart of all beat-making programs, the canvas upon
which you paint all of the various aspects of your beat.
If you’re in the market for a beat making program, finding out about the
sequencer is a good method of judging the merits of the program as a whole.
The new beat-maker Dr. Drum gives you 16 tracks to play with, more than
enough to create multi-layered, complex beats, and includes plenty of
options for further shaping the sound and the mix.
Learning about the various features can help you decide if Dr. Drum is right
The layout of Dr. Drum’s sequencer is simple and effective. The lower
portion of the screen is taken up by the sequencer’s grid, with sixteen rows
for the tracks, and ongoing columns to show the passage of time.
Each column on the sequencer represents a beat, and most music has four
beats in a bar. You select the bars you want to cover, and then choose which
sample you want to place there.
The top half of the sequencer screen is made up of a master volume control
and a mixer panel, which you can use to adjust the volume of the individual
tracks and shape the sound.
The mixer on Dr. Drum is made up of 16 sliders, used to control the volume
of each track, and four additional controls. Three of these extra controls are
used to alter the low, mid or high frequencies to suit your composition. If
you want a bass-heavy sound, for example, you can crank the lows and
support it with some mids.
The final control is used to pan the track’s audio into the left or right
speaker. The mixer also includes options for muting any specific track or
playing it alone.
The program features several thousand samples for you to choose from, and
you can create your own using Dr. Drum’s in-built drum machine and
keyboard. As well as this, you can upload new samples easily.
Once you’ve combined the components into a beat you like, Dr. Drum can
be used to export your beat as a professional quality 44.1 stereo .WAV file.
You can also upload your track to YouTube with one single click, and open
your music up to a global audience.
The sequencer on Dr. Drum has an intuitive layout and all of the features
you need to create beats with thumping drums, driving bass-lines and catchy
melodies. You can use the mixer to balance the volumes of each element,
pull out the tones you want and to create a full stereo listening experience.
The sixteen tracks included give you ample room to craft textured, complex
beats and express your musical creativity.