i haven't tried a machine yet though I would love to find the right one. I do love to play with a drummer I had a lovely trio for a while and am still looking for replacement players. We were Live Music: Call For Info and I loved having the brushes drummer on a djembe. I'll post some vids.
I have been playing with my looper a little but the drum sound on it sucks. My wife sits in on her grandmother's pasta pan and it is an amazing sound.
We call the act Granny's Pan
we're going to make t shirts so you can buy Granny's Pan Tees on the merch table lol
here's one from our Get in the Jag tour lasts year.