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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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andrew lund a hobbyist user from australia writes:
This has to be by far the worst drum machine i have ever heard. Tried it out in the shop and nearly cried, it was SO lame sounding. This has to get 1st place in the worst drum machines of all time. The preset roland CR-1000 and yamaha drum machines also blow. The Roland Tr-707 wasn't one of the high points either. The later Roland R5/R8 and R70 "human rhythm composers" beat this lot by miles. The R-5 is very cheap second hand buy, and features multiple outputs. It isnt expandable like thr R8 and has a smaller LCD screen, hence the MUCH LOWER price. If your strapped for cash, but one of thos instead, you won't be sorry. And never ever buy a Yamaha drum machine. It'll only end in tears.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-11-2004 at 08:43
Robin a part-time user from UK writes:
Very easy to "bend" this machine, just remember to unplug the mains power first! Heavy digital distortion, loops never sounds quite the same way twice. Start calling this the poor-mans' MachineDrum and watch prices on E-bay soar...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-17-2004 at 11:33
steve a hobbyist user from California USA writes:
Just picked one up for $40 at a pawn shop, don't pay too much for this box or you might be disappointed. Clean, punchy, and short drum samples. Sounds good if you add effects, but don't expect this to be your primary drum box. Nice to have around, but there are much better drum boxes available.

posted Sunday-Jan-11-2004 at 23:06
AlphA a part-time user from USA writes:

I just picked up one of these babies and for being “the low man” on the X0X chain, it really surprised me. I admit the only reason I picked up a 505 is for my collection. Once I powered it up, I began to realize that this little thing can be very, very useful in my audio setup. You can feed the 505 MIDI synch and program patterns (switch between step and tap without hitting stop) on the fly, WHILE OUTPUTTING MIDI DATA! This means you can have an X0X type sequencer hooked up to whatever MIDI machine you want, and edit patterns while they play. You can set the MIDI note numbers and separate MIDI channels for each sound(16 of them) on the 505. So, you can control multiple MIDI machines with a 505. Throw some accents in the pattern and it will spit out velocity data. You can even change the accent(velocity) level on the fly! Just tap LEVEL, tap ACCENT (the LCD will display “accent” and the current level) then use the DOWN/UP keys to adjust. Pretty simple. You can also change the instrument output levels the same way. However, unlike velocity level, changing instrument levels does not affect midi data. This is good for combining the 505 sounds with whatever it is controlling. For example, I have my 505 set up to control my drumstation. I don’t want the 505 Bass Drum to sound when triggering my drumstation’s 909 Bass Drum. But, I want to hear the other 505 sounds. Just set the Bass Drum level to 0 on the 505. It still triggers the 909 BD but doesn’t sound the 505BD. Again, all of this can be done while playing/writing patterns while accepting MIDI synch. Even if you don’t write patters on the fly, you can set it to pattern play mode and switch between 96 (48 preprogrammed, 48 yours) patterns on the fly, just like a 606,808,909. The only thing it won’t do on the fly is switch between PLAY and WRITE modes. If you really need to, you can hit stop, switch modes then hit play again. Yes, you can hit stop while accepting MIDI synch. Then, hit play again to put yourself rite back into the groove. But, your timing has to be pretty good when starting again. You won’t go out of synch but you can get slightly out of sequence and everything will sound “flammy” when compared to other synched instruments. The down side would be the internal 505 sounds. Some of them sound pretty cheesy when played alone. On the other hand, some of the 505 sounds, especially the Latin ones (congas, timbale, cowbells, rim shot…), sound pretty good in a 909+303 mix. Very house. Runs on 6 AA batteries. Great for gigging! The thing is easy to use. I figured all of this out the first night I had it, without a manual. I haven’t played with song mode and a few other things. So, I’m still learning even more about the Roland TR-505 Rhythm Composer.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-11-2004 at 19:25
ELEKTROZ a professional user from Canada writes:
For the money $50-$100 this is the best drum machine you can buy. Yes the sounds are dated (86) but with a little f/x knowledge anyone can get this thing sounding decent. The MIDI is great, and this little thing works wonders as a sequencer. Running on AA's also makes this king in the travelling department. Only downside is tempo can slide up/down a beat, but lock it to something and your right as rain.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-02-2003 at 10:04
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