The Worst Software I Have Ever Seen! – Dr. Drum Review
Producing music is an art form that takes years to master. Any established producer spends countless hours a day in the studio, slaving over their mixing board to improve their craft.
Dr. Drum is a beat-making product that promises you’ll make better beats than Dr. Dre in under 5 minutes. Hmm… Something seems a bit fishy…
This review will take a closer look at what Dr. Drum has to offer. I hope by the end of this article, you will learn that not only is Dr. Drum a waste of money, but it can also be replaced by free software.
This Review Will Cover:
- What is Dr. Drum?
- Can you trust the company behind Dr. Drum?
- Is Dr. Drum a waste of your time?
- Dr. Drum vs. any well known DAW
- Free, GOOD alternatives to Dr. Drum
What Is Dr. Drum?
Dr. Drum promises that you’ll be able to make “badass beats in minutes”. The creators have this product have a half-baked theory that if you want to make professional music; talent, hard work, and creativity can be replaced by a $20 piece of software.
This product follows the theme that most “get rich quick“ schemes follow: Take a difficult skill >> Oversimplify it >> market it to a naive audience.
Is Dr. Drum Reputable?
Being familiar with both the music production world and the internet marketing world made it easy for me to spot out the fake facts as well as the poor marketing strategy.
Down below are some notes I took about how the Dr. Drum product converts an uninformed audience into buying customers.
Marketing Tactic #1 – Targeting the uninformed and naive
This product was designed for impatient people who want to become a famous club-DJ/producer without skill, talent, or practice.
Throughout their sales-page, there is a recurring theme of “you don’t need any skill to make good beats“. This is exactly what Dr. Drum’s target audience wants to hear. Unfortunately many people believe their music production “facts” without conducting further research.
Marketing Tactic #2 – Controlling your emotion:
In the Dr. Drum sales-page, there were a few moments where the writer talked about how this software turned him the “cool guy”.
Ex. “Once you start laying down your tracks, people are going to start talking about you. They are going to want to know who made those beats, and you’ll feel like a stud when you can tell them they are your own tracks! That’s how I felt the first time a girl asked who had made the music for our party, and everyone pointed at me.”
He even went on to say that his friends laughed at him when he attempted to make music with other software(“I tried to play them for people and they practically laughed at me. I felt awful. But, then I installed Dr Drum and things changed”).
Remember: You are interested in this product because you want to make music. If you want to be the coolest guy in the club, this software will more than likely not help you.
Go to the sales-page of any other trusted DAW(ex. FL Studio or Ableton). They will never mention irrelevant details about how their software will make you cooler or will give off the illusion that you have talent.
Marketing Tactic #3 – “Buy Now While Stocks Last!”
I first saw this joke of a product over 2 months ago. Their “limited time” deal is still happening and will probably never go away.
Also, what the heck does ”While Stocks Last” mean? This is a digital product and doesn’t take any physical space. How can you run out of a download?
This one little marketing tactic kills all trust that I might’ve had with this company. I have only mentioned 3 different marketing tactics. I could easily go on to list at least 5 more, but I think you get the point by now.
Is Dr. Drum a waste of your time?
We aren’t even that far into the review and we have already learned that Dr. Drum manipulates people into believing their product is a golden egg dropped down from heaven.
There are a number of fake facts thrown around in the Dr. Drum sales-page. After sharing this product on Reddit, with an audience of actual producers, it became the laughing stock of the WeAreTheMusicMakers sub-Reddit.
Fake Fact #1 – Other DAWs use MP3s for their samples
This is ridiculous. While it is true that importing mp3 samples will cause audio-quality issues(in most cases), Dr. Drum is saying that all other DAWs use mp3 samples and have never thought of using WAV files.
I have never encountered a DAW that comes loaded with mp3 samples. In Dr. Drum the WAV samples aren’t even as high-quality as they boast. In this case, mp3 samples probably wouldn’t even have a noticeable difference.
Fake Fact #2 – Dr. Drum allows you to make professional tracks in minutes
“It used to be that it could take days or even weeks to lay down a high-quality beat and mix in your samples. But with Dr Drum, you can turn out a full professional track in minutes.”
Dr. Drum seems to have a weird definition of “professional quality”. You have to understand that a professionally produced song has recording, mixing, and mastering engineers to make sure it sounds perfect.
What type of magic do you think this software has that will allow you to replace trained engineers. If you are really, REALLY good at using Dr. Drum, you might be able to produce a sort-of-decent track. It won’t be anything radio-quality by any means.
Fake Fact 3: Dr. Drum’s 16-track sequencer is intuitive
First of all, there’s nothing special about their sequencer. It looks just like any other sequencer you’d come across.
The functions are also quite limited. You don’t get any of the flexibility that professional DAWs(even the free ones) offer.
Dr. Drum vs. any well known DAW
The comparison chart that Dr. Drum used is completely bogus.
Take a look at it down below:
First of all it is saying that a 4-octave software keyboard is unique. It says that other software has “some” octaves? What does that even mean? The amount of supported octaves is standardized among all software.
There are also stipulations such as all other software being “VERY complicated”, having limited instructions, being high-priced, and having poorly produced samples. All of these are incorrect. I actually found Dr. Drum to have less of a community and less video tutorials than most other software.
Free GOOD alternatives to Dr. Drum:
Make sure to check out our master list of music production software if you’re looking for something serious.
There are many awesome free options as well.
Out of all the freebies, I’d recommend trying LMMS. It has a sleek interface, professional features, and loads of tutorials made by both LMMS enthusiasts and the company itself. Without a doubt, LMMS puts Dr. Drum to shame… Check out Arduor too.
Hopefully by now you have realized that Dr. Drum is not the best option when it comes to producing music. I’m sorry to break it to you, but making radio-ready “badass” beats in 5 minutes is just something that can’t be done…At least not with Dr. Drum.
The company behind Dr. Drum lies to its customers and targets naive newbies. Are you going to be Dr. Drum’s next poor victim?
What do you think?
Did I convince you that Dr. Drum is a waste of money, or are you still willing to pull out your credit card? Voice your opinion in the comment section below!