Synth Site: Roland: TR-626: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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chris... a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
Must say, it kicks ass for the price i gave for it. Got it for around £100 and the kid who had ut before me stored it in his bedroom for ages, got the original box , the manual... and so on. And the sound may sound poor but when you got separate outs it´s just a mather of distorsion and effects.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-1999 at 10:24
Cleatus from Infinite Empire of sILLINOISe writes:
Hey this box does not suck! This is Synth-Pop heaven!! :) And the kicks are great for even Tool! Believe me, here in sILLINOISe, you're only worth how well you can do metal, and being able to do that type of drumming on this type of machine has saved me! Also, you CANNOT go wrong with everything covered in distortion. I have created some particularly evil sounds with this box, and I've only had her for one week.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-08-1999 at 22:22
a part-timer user from USA writes:
The 626 is a thin piece of crap! The voices are aweful. They have that rock sound to em. I had that and the 505. That one was even worse. The 505,626,707,727 royaly suck. The only digital drum machine that is even worth while that Roland ever made was the R8.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-05-1999 at 00:21
Cleatus from Nation of Illinois writes:
OK TR's kick total ass, all of them have some kind of kickass feature (yeah usually the UI) but this mama has 10 outs!! 10 outs!!!!!! I got mine for $150, and that is a little steep but hey...I got my 606 for $25 so maybe it's karma...yeah and this sucker's MIDI. How does this sound like a toy? I'm not seeing it...well maybe yeah some of the sounds are a little silly but really nice editing features IMHO and the flam is nice for those power songs. Of course, this is all from the point of someone who plays guitar besides being into electronic music...so I like the "metal"-ness of the drum sounds-especially the kicks, snare, and hats-all really sharp. Only problems I've found are the short decay, and it does feel a little "digital"-but to tell you the truth I use those to my advantage. That "fakeness" can really give some songs a lot of character. Try some of those sounds (particularly that one kick+the snares) with distortion, and it's got this industrial kind of crunch to it. Very nice. Well for my type of music-ambient, dance, industrial, metal-this is a great box. Reminds me of NIN somehow. That one snare alone gets stuck in my head...maybe it is cheezy but I love it! Also the MIDI sequencing is very nice...you can assign a separate note AND separate channel to each note! Because of the ability to add nastiness to each drum channel, I won't use it for that yet, but I probably will in the future. Overall great box.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-04-1999 at 18:22
PHB a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It brings tears to my eyes to see all these reviews. This was my second drum machine (moving up into MIDI from a TR606). And let me tell you, it was a roayal bitch to learn how to program without a manual (the 606 could be programed in your sleep). I sold it a coupla years ago because I needed cash, but I think it has some very usable sounds. In particular, the Toms are monsters and the snare 2 sounds very housey despite it's digitality (I made that word up). As if to confirm all the reviews here I recently saw an article on one of the founding Drum 'n Bass bands (sorry, the name escapes me) and what did I see in their set up but a shiny beige TR626! I guess all you Drum 'n Bass heads should run out and buy one. It's a nice machine with character even though it's old and digital (hey, they used to say that about analog and look what happened).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
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