THE BEATBOX ALPHABET

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Description Phonetic
Simple kickdrum b
bo
bm
Classic snare
Simple closed hihats tt̚
ts
^tt̚
^ts
Simple open hihat tsː
^tsː
606 snare tl
kl
808 snare tʃ  ̆
909 snare ⊙yʃ
Reverse snare ^ʃp̚
Reverse hat ^ʃt̚
808 rimshot k
ka
Inhaling handclap ^tl
Daysoftheweek kickdrum ðw
Reverse kick fd ̚
vd ̚
808 kick /  techno swallow 
Inhaling lip-kick
^[ɓ
Description Phonetic
Maracas or other "palatal trills" «
Clicks

!
ǁ
ǂ
(For the differences between these see the IPA)

Click roll ǁǁǁ
[ǁǁǁ
Tongue pop §
Kissy-kissy hihat
Cough snare ⊙ə̥
Closed-hihat type "tutting" t’
Fast hats tkt
808 snare roll
"Fading-in" snare roll rr̪
Quick unvocalised “tschowi” scratch tʃʍʂ
Vocal tap
Reverse reverb
   

These symbols and diacritics (modifiers) are taken from the International Phonetic Alphabet - except that there are some things which aren't even covered by the IPA! (The main one is the techno swallow.) So here are the extra Unicode symbols I've added:

^ at the start means the sound is inhaled rather than exhaled

[ indicates side-ness (for click rolls and for inhaling bass drum)

⊙ for the 808 kick / "techno swallow"

※ for the kissy-kissy hat

⁁ for vocal tap

« for palatal trills

§ for tongue-pop

Where a sound has more than one entry, each one is a slightly different way of making the sound.

If you can't see these symbols properly:

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An easy example

"bm - ts bm kl bm tkt bm kl bm tt̚ bʍ kl - tʃʍʂ bm"

This is an eight-bar pattern. (Every measure is separated by a space, and every silent measure is written as a dash.)