Drum Machine: What is it?

The FCC challenge for the Drum Machine says we have to create a drum machine which simulates sounds from an actual drum instrument (I have zero knowledge about these stuff), right?

I’m curious- What is a drum machine? How do you even use it? What are the keys used in it? All the Internet’s giving me is images and complicated musical terms… Any explanation would be so helpful.

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A drum machine is an electronic device to replace a drummer with a drum set.

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I think the images are self-explanatory. You push a button, and hear a sound clip of a drum. Different buttons do different things. If you need a visual example take a look on Youtube for e.g. Maschine videos.

Obviously, the drum machine you have to make for the project is much simpler.