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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Hydra a part-time user from montreal writes:
tr606 is a great machine...but too limited... you cant edit the sound.... no-midi interface...

snare are grrrreat!!! hihat too!!!

but the kik is too soft... not enought hard for meeeee... But I have heard that you cant change a chip on the 606 to have a 909 kik... is this real!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!

please help meeeeeeeee!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 19:57
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
The 606 is great fun, incredibly easy to use and sounds excellent even without mods. It's a great machine, looks and feels like a toy but is a professional machine--excellent! Improvisation on this machine is very easy to do. One frustrating thing is the inability to switch between the two 16 pattern banks while playing/writing... however, this isn't too big of a deal really.

Watch the battery contact on these though, they can tend to come loose--I had to "shim" mine to make contact with the C batteries.

Programming tips: if you want a more bass heavy sound, max the volume on the bass drum and keep all of the other sounds at 1/2 to 1/4 full volume. Overloading your mixer a bit with the 606 is fun too--especially on accented bass hits (and everything else on that beat for that matter). However, if you want a more sedate, tweezy 606 line match the drum volumes closer and keep the overall instrument volume at about 60%. More fun with the 606: use the instrument volume knobs to "insert" or "remove" parts from a running drum line in real time! Instead of switching to a pattern without the hi-hats--just turn them off quickly! It saves on memories, and allows for neat insertions. The toms are another fun thing to insert/take out as they are controlled by a single volume knob.

It's a great machine if you get it for a good price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-15-2000 at 16:39
Adam H a part-time user writes:
606 kicks! I just received mine today and it is awesome. I used to be a big rebirth/soft synth fan until i got my 606 and pro-one. Virtual stuff is stale and dull next to the real analogues, dont let anyone tell you different.

posted Monday-Jul-24-2000 at 15:53
miguelmigs a professional user from yoshitoshi writes:
The TR606 is cool. The snares and hats are the best, i love the Fizzy Open-Hat.

If you have a sampler, i don't really see the point in buying the box. The sounds from the box aren't that tweakable, so it shouldn't matter. Thats how i work it anyhow.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-02-2000 at 19:24
Mark Strijbos a part-time user from Holland writes:
Cheap and nasty!

Pump up the volume, crank up the gain on your desk and you've got instant mayhem. I use the Trigger Outs to control the Arpegiators on my Juno-60 and Jupiter-4. My box has a Individuals Outs modification and i use them to trigger the External Signal Processor on an MS-20. The MS-20's LFO also sweeps the Juno and Jupiter VCF Cutoff. Wow!

And the whole thing can be easily synced to Midi through the Din Sync 24 bus on the TR-606. Contrary to some posts here, there are several (cheap) ways to Din Sync old Roland gear, like the original MPU-IPC interface or Doepfer's excellent value-for-money Mausi Midi-to-CV box.

Given the price of it's bigger brothers (808,909) this is quite a good choice if you have a limited budget - like everybody else. I got my 606 for a mere $150 and i will never let it go.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-02-2000 at 18:53
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