When someone is trying to make beats online, the first thing they will do is download a music production software. This can be anything from FL Studio, to Logic Pro to Ableton live. When they open up the software they are presented with thousands of options to choose from. Plugins, presets, midi setting and of course, their DAW of choice.
When you want to make beats inside that software you will need high quality sounds. How your beats will sound depends entirely on the quality of your sample packs. A lot of people ask us, where do you find these great sounding drum kits? Of course, you can look online and google “free drum kits” and you will find many results. But often, the quality is very poor. There are only a few companies that are performing great in this area.
You will also need many sounds. What good is a sample pack with only 3 kicks, 3 snares and 1 crash? It doesn’t get you very far. When choosing a sample pack it is high recommend to choose one with around 50 kicks, 50 snares, 50 finger snaps, and so on.
Another often used instrument is the drum organ.
There are probably two kinds of home organist: those who want to sit down and play (without having to fiddle with knobs and switches) and those who want to mould the instrument to their own way of playing.
The relatively new AR series by Yamaha has attempted to strike a neat balance for each kind of player but there have been a few EL die-hards who just could not do without certain features of their instrument. The flexibility of the EL90 and 70, for example, which have been around for nearly ten years has also made them the chosen instrument of many artists on the concert circuit.
The fact that you can vary the sound so much on these instruments allows each player to sound unique. This variety of sound is central to the EL range and the reason why they have remained so popular. So to keep everyone happy Yamaha have released the new EL900 to be sold in parallel with the AR100 and AR80. This is a great addition to any hip hop drum samples you might already have.
With a sideways glance you could be forgiven for thinking the EL900 was its older relation the EL90. A closer look reveals a few differences – the side panels are much darker and the top panel is now black as opposed to dark brown. The button colouring scheme is clearer and quite reminiscent of the HS range of organs released in the late 80s. Perhaps a new cabinet design would have been welcome as a way to distinguish it from the older models but of course it’s what is inside that counts.
One of the most attractive features of the EL900 is the fact that it is 100% compatible with all previous EL models. EL organs have been blessed with a huge quantity of software from both Yamaha and third party developers and many people have invested heavily in this. All of this software will work on the EL900 – a fact that is bound to be welcomed by existing owners ready for a change. And we must not forget how many sounds, registrations and rhythms people make over 7-8 years of having an instrument. They don’t want to lose everything when they change their organ or their drum samples.