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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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David a hobbyist user from New Zealand writes:
I love my 78, its in pretty shabby condition but i bought it ages ago fro a pretty good price. What I'm really wanting now is a WS-1, or a schematic for a ws-1. I have been programming mine by slowing the tempo right down while recording (to increase accuracy) but step input would be just too good!

If you see one, buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-23-2004 at 18:34
Malpaso Man a professional user writes:
So Bored Eric writes that it is just a simple drum machine, ain't necessarily so, if you have either TS-1 or WS-1 programmer switches, things get better in programmable rhythms department. And also if you take the main CR-78 chassis out of it's retro-looking wooden box, and look underneath you will see small white colored trimpots, look for the bassdrum, snare, cymbal, tambourine, guiro (all marked like BD, Tb, SD etc) turn them clockwise and hear the sound get bigger, especially the bass-drum delivers the same sonic depth as the 808 bassdrum, if you turn the trimpot up. Easy sync'd up via a kenton pro-solo running sync to clock-in, so you can control it via your midi sequencer, no mods needed just a mini jack to 1/4 inch jack. Stick the CR-78 thru effects then it comes alive, press more than one rhythm button down on either row for interesting combinations etc. A truly magnificent reto-beatbox, good for electronic music, electro etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-18-2003 at 13:42
dael a part-time user from uk writes:
I bought mine last year from a local paper that was advertising a dr110. Once I had bought the 110 , the guy selling the boss told me he had another old machine in the loft and it turned out to be the 78. Best still though was it only cost £10!!! the dr110 was more expensive at £15, so 2 classic analogue boxes for £25 !! The CR78 is a classic, being used by everyone from Roxy music,Blondie,to ultravox and beyond. The sounds are awesomely synthetic and the latin patterns are so recognisable ,they've been used straight on loads of classic records from the late 70's. Mine is actually an ex hire model so it's probably even been used on a few records itself !! Who Knows!!!????

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-22-2003 at 20:31
pim a professional user from uk writes:
My partner and I just got one for £275. Great condition and great old sounds familiar from many records. Today was the first time I've played with it. We rigged it up to the trigger input of our Korg Mono/Poly and got some great synchronised stuff happening (pure Kraftwerk or Depeche). It took me a while to realise how to programme it - we rigged up our synth trigger out (I think...) to the programming input on the back then you switch between the sounds in the programming section and play a note on any key for the chosen sound- pretty tricky getting it in time though. The quantizing seems very finely incremented).

Great fun!!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-13-2001 at 15:32
D.Schmidt a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Great wooden box, awesome panel with it's pure vintage coloured buttons, and some really wicked sounds. The presets are very good, and you can combine them to get some pretty thick rhythm patterns. The fills are also pretty damn good.

The sounds are all very, very vintage. I'm going to stick a break-out box with all the tunable controls external, so I don't damage my lovely wooden case. I've stuck it through an effects pedal, and you could get everything from scratchy, noisy Skinny Puppy industrial to pounding hardcore from this machine. You even get a tambourine, which is great for drum and bass stuff. Awesome machine!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-22-2001 at 00:08
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