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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Chris Wild a professional user from USA writes:
I have been producing,and experimenting with DDD-1's for years, I have produced :Hiphop, rock, techno, reggae/dancehall, house, and more with this machine, my little secret, I love the gritty sounds, I have been on a QUEST to find the entire list of sound cards released for this machine, I would appreciate any help, and if you are trying to sell off your old cards, email me at :

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-17-2000 at 13:50
mux a professional user from Canada writes:

Ok - so I bought one, off a guy on a mailing list, 'cause I was a bit annoyed at myself. Saw the same machine at a pawnshop a week before, and DIDN'T buy it for the $75 CAD they were asking. When I went back, it was gone, and I was depressed, even though I didn't want it that badly in the first place.

Wow, was I ever wrong!

The sequencer on this thing - well, it sucks. The only decent way I've found to put in patterns is to hook it to my roommate's Roland vdrums and let him play.

So here's why it rocks: every drum on the thing (there are a total of five kits, and they all sound fairly similar, but you can get more kits with [hard to find] option cards). The decay for each drum is tunable too!

So, let my roommate play some hard breakbeats into the thing, fill a few banks of patterns with sketchy breakbeats, then tune the drums up, drop the decay down, and use the tap-tempo (yes! Finally!) feature to bring it up to about 190bpm. INSTANT JUNGLE!

The sounds are perfect for loud, out-of-hand jungle and drum&bass. Pair this thing with a BassStation or Juno-106, and find a drummer with MIDI pads, and you're pretty much setup as a D&B producer.

Man, I can't praise this box enough! Why hadn't I heard of it before? It's the bomb!

If you find one under $100, do yourself a favour and buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-02-2000 at 12:35
thirteen a professional user from USA writes:
Oh, I love the lil' beast to death...

Yes the sounds that are built in are cheesy (hey, wadda expect for 12 bit at 32K?), but it works well, the pads have a clean throw from off to full velocity with a good tactile response, I've never had it die on me unexpectedly and the various decay/tuning/velocity parameters are tweakable via MIDI in real time.

I normally use mine as "programming box," generating MIDI ons & velocity for a sequencer which I then bring into some of the odder, weirder pieces of software in my studio. I take the sequences that result from my patterns, tweak them slightly to clean up a few glitches from my crappy playing technique, and bring them into Bol Processor as sound objects. From there, I am able to manipulate the sound objects in sequence back to the DDD-1 as a tone generator, adding some control data along the way via a Peavey 1600 slider unit.

The only thing I wish was different about the beast is the need to have a flash RAM card to hold samples.

Great lil' machine otherwise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-18-1999 at 10:55
john woods a part-timer user from usa writes:
got one with a bunch of cards, planning to use it primarily as a controller for my modules, but i actually really like the sounds. They're very punchy, and sound great with a little bit of effects. The sequencer is so nice for such a cheap thing. i'm impressed by the ability to do strange time signatures. A very fun machine, although lack of a midi through can make it quite annoying to fit into a large midi setup. Nonetheless, for what it is, I love it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-14-1999 at 21:50
Johnny Amp a part-timer user from Tampa FL, USA writes:
Well I just got one and it came with seven ROM cards and the manual. Without the ROM cards i would be pretty bummed, but the cards are great. They are japanese, e-drums 2 & 3, gated reverb 2 & 3, variation (syn basses), and latin. I like the way korg does step recording; i'm so used to Roland. I think it is a cool little drum machine. Now I just have to set-up all my midi and figure out how to do program changes.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-29-1999 at 10:22
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