Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station Drum Machine (Discontinued)
- 700+ Drums/Percussion Sounds
- 12 glowing backlit pads
- Power Options: Batteries | AC Adapter
- 100 factory and 100 user "kit" presets
- 100 factory and 100 user "patterns"
- Backlit LCD
- Drum roll / note repeat feature
- Inputs: 3 x TRS (including mic input)
- Outputs: 4 x TRS (including headphone output)
- MIDI In/Out
The XR20 appeared on our now defunct recommended list for Drum Machines in September 2016.
The XR20 is a portable beat production tool that comes loaded with 700 pre-loaded sound samples of drums and percussion instruments, as well as synths and bass.
All of these samples are triggered by the unit's 12 backlit pads, which allow for real-time creation of beats and groove.
There are also a number of essential effects available, including EQ, compression and reverb.
With its focus on portability, the XR20 comes in a compact form factor and it can run on batteries. But for its size, this drum machine comes with a wealth of connectivity options, including a microphone input in case you want to add vocals to your beats.
This affordable and compact drum machine is an easy recommendation for those into hip-hop, dance, ambient and other modern electronic music. Even if you already have a music production tool, the XR20 can be a reliable backup and a fun travel alternative in case you're tired of lugging around your main gear for smaller gigs.