The well-presented sales video and page for Dr Drum Beat Maker will have you believe that they’re the best thing since sliced bread. That could not be further from the truth. In my harsh but fair Dr Drum review, I’ll be informing you of why I think it sucks big time.
I know that I’m not alone in my views, but for those who are currently unaware and was even thinking about buying it, do NOT do that before you finished reading my review. If you still want to buy it, then don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
Our Final Verdict:
Why It Sucks
Where do I start?
First of all, let me just talk about the misleading marketing tactics from the creators of Dr Drum. Throughout the sales pitch, it’s implied that you can make great beats without effort and top quality drum and sound kits.
The cheesy voice-over and cartoon video is a big sign of what type of market this software is aimed at, and there are so many statements made that are just outright lies.
Take a look at this comparison chart.
Almost every point in the chart is wrong. Here’s the reality (if you’re unaware, DAW stands for digital audio workstation aka. music production software/beat maker).
- Comparing Dr Drum with all the ‘Other Software’ is blatantly biased and generalized.
- Export Option: Most half decent music production software can export to 44.1 Stereo .wav file. This is nothing special.
- Tutorials: There are hundreds of video tutorials for other DAW’s made by the creators and users.
- Import: Importing sounds on other DAW’s are no more complicated than putting on your socks.
- Keyboard: A 4 Octave keyboard is basic. Many other software have 8 or more.
- Editing Screen: I don’t know any DAW that only uses a single screen for editing elements of the track.
- Platform: Unless the DAW was made two decades ago, they should all work on both MAC and PC.
- Operation: Again, copying multiple bars is a standard feature.
- Sound: I can practically guarantee you that the sounds you find on a good DAW will be much better.
- Sound Control: All the sound effects for Dr Drum are standard for other DAW’s. As a matter of fact, there are a heck of a lot more.
- Free: ‘Sell Your Beats Report’, wtf is that? I do know that it’s not worth $499 and if you really want to learn how to sell your beats, check this out instead.
- Value: The best thing about Dr Drum is probably its price, but even then, for around the same price, you can get BTV SOLO which is 10x better and actually created by a real Grammy award winning producer, Dallas Austin.
Those are just some of the truths about Dr Drum. It tries to make you believe that other music production software is inferior, which is laughable. You can check out Dr Drum’s hilarious sales video and page here.
Who It Could Actually Be Suitable For
Listen, don’t think that I’m suggesting that it’s completely useless. There’s obviously a market for a beat making software like this, otherwise it wouldn’t be doing as well as it is.
However, if you’re serious about producing music, then Dr Drum shouldn’t even be on your radar. It’s designed for gullible kids desperate to impress their friends, and who beg their parents to buy it for them.
They don’t have a clue about the thought process that goes into creating music. Saying things like “Create top notch beats that will rival Dr Dre’s, Timbeland, Scott Storch and all the greats who use professional studios” is enough indication that it’s all make believe.
You simply cannot rival them without spending thousands on music production equipment, putting in many years of hard work and having great talent.
That doesn’t mean you can’t make sick beats by spending hundreds or less, it just means that you cannot compete with ANY of the top producers without the right equipment and knowledge.
I will say that at its best, it’s a very basic DAW platform for kids who know nothing about making beats, and want to quickly make some average beats. Those that start off on using Dr Drum and are still on the path of music production, will eventually realize that they need something better. It’s like graduating from pre-school to college.
It’s a dumbed down DAW, for sure. But with a good sales page and video, it can convert an uninformed person into a buyer, which is why I’m here to inform you, if you’re that person.
There’s a lot more I can criticize about Dr Drum, but this review will be three times as long, and by what I’ve mentioned already, I think you get the point.
If you don’t know anything else music theory, production, instruments or whatever, and you’re keen on making beats, go for BTV SOLO instead (read the full review here).
I don’t work for that company in anyway, but it’s created by a world renowned producer and has received rave reviews by other renowned producers. That pretty much speaks for itself.
If you want to start making beats or become successful at it, then you're going to need some great music production equipment to enhance your skills. Take a look at the following: