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Thomas R Kolb (tkolb@penta.volvo.se) writes:
The DDD-5 was the little brother of the DDD-1 (which had a sampling option). With features like velocity sensitive pads and tunable drum sounds, it made a cheap and usable addition to my home studio when it first emerged from the Korg factory. With no individual outputs and non-backlit display, it wasn't the pro musicians dream, but it really wasn't meant to be.

The machine can be set to operate in two different modes: Programmable Mode and Preset Mode. The DDD-5 actually came with two interchangeable front panels for both these modes. I never used the Preset Mode, because the machine is really easy to program.

The sounds themselves are your usual drum and percussion samples, with the sole exception being the snap bass. However there are two additional ROM slots for more sounds. By tweaking the sound parameters (pitch and decay) some nice and weird percussion sounds can be achieved easily.

Today the DDD-5 sounds rather dated when compared with the crisp 16-bit samples of the new workstations, like Korg's own X-series, and the drum sequencer section can hardly be compared with the computer based sequencers, but it's still a nice little machine.

Comments About the Sounds:
Sounds pretty dated by todays standards - 12 bit sampling just isn't enough to make the sounds crisp enough.

(Thanks to Thomas R Kolb for this info.)

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