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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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JD a professional user from Alaska writes:
Is this a sample disc with a built-in sampler, or a sampler with inbuilt sounds? I'm not sure yet.

I do know that it is a fun and very usable box with great sounds. It must be a predecessor of the MPC, the way it works and can be programmed is similar: both step and real time programming, by hitting the pads.

In any case, compared to other old drum machines it is riduculously cheap (got mine for $60 incl. shipping). Much more value than a tr505 or a tr707: it has much more and (to my ears) better sounds that can be edited as well, and a very groovy sequencer. It comes closer to the Linndrum or the Oberheim and SCI drumboxes. The sound as well. However, perhaps it is a little less user friendly than those.

The sounds are classics - i'm sure I heard them on many a hit - and tweakable and somehow cut through the mix very well.

Use the groovy inbuilt sequencer, or just play it through midi and use your DAW's sequencer. In both ways you'll get lots of satisfaction from it. Buy one before the rumor spreads...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-16-2006 at 08:46
Alain from Belgium writes:
bought mine on e-bay for 100 euro - had to change the battery - 50 % of all the presets gone - and the rest ?? works fine - indeed the best pcm drumcomputer - one advice : check it before you buy

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-14-2005 at 04:11
breeze a professional user from Worthing, England writes:
Have had mine since the mid 80's and am still using it now! You just can't beat the old ones; get one, if you still can!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-17-2003 at 00:53
aldraino a hobbyist user from california writes:
I am having trouble trying to find out how to unlock the darn thing but outher than that i love the old school sounds and hop that some one emails me and tells me how to unlock and ill prob like it more

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-23-2003 at 03:41
dj monza a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Payed 100 Euro - on the high side, I guess...

Who needs a Linn drum anyway? Very nice old fashioned sound, reminiscent of loads of new beat, synth pop, italo and other eighties records. I am usually not too keen on pcm based drumsounds but this one is something else... deep and full sound, cuts through any mix. Forget your sample CD's, this is as full on as full on gets.

Bought mine second hand and not all pads are working, but I only use it as midi soundmodule anyway. You can make changes to the volume, panning and tune of the sounds and ad a few special effects such as a sweep up- or downwards. My personal favourite is a slow guiro with upward sweep. The blip is also very crisp and punchy. You can also send the signal of each sound to an extra mono effect out.

The downsides: - no midi through - some noise - only one stereo output, which means you have to keep changing the (volume of the) sounds for each track you make. - no midi memory, so on powering the unit up, it always goes to omni midi. Hey, most units from the eighties did that...

My guess is that Green Velvet, Bankok Impact and a lot of techno/electro artists of today use one of these. it usually comes cheap.

Dj Monza

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-30-2002 at 11:51
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