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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Merkurie a professional user from USA writes:
This thing roks...all eprom based samples (decent ones to!) but it still sounds deep and warm. I've used it in many tracks, but eventual sold it to go towards buying a house...hehe, it was a tough thing to do though! It's got a primo sequencer, and awesome all around control, my only complaints are that it's not sysex compatible, and you can't trigger the sequencer via midi. You can trigger the individual sounds via midi, but if you want to use it's internal sequences, it must be the master control!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-06-2001 at 09:38
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
Here's an update on my Drumtraks... over two years later and I'm still using it all the time.

I <b>LOVE</b> this drum machine! Get one now while they're still cheap.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-28-2001 at 13:13
Philip a hobbyist user from USA writes:
A great-sounding, straight-forward drum machine. What a novel concept! I love the sounds. Very 80's-sounding w/o all of the processed sounds. A nice alternative to the X0X machines that everyone else on the damn planet uses. It's easy to program and operate even w/o the manual. The only problems I have is that it is only 4-note polyphony and the buttons sometime trigger the sounds incorrectly, so I use a synth to program patterns. I really like this instrument.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-16-1999 at 09:15
Necrochine a part-timer user from USA writes:
The Drumtraks unit is a great early drum machine. Fast, easy & intuitive programming allows the user to learn its interface in no time (I was programming full songs in 10 minutes!) The 15 step volume/pitch-timbre options on the sounds allow for some great sounds and versatitility. Awesome for getting authentic early electronica sounds, especially of the Speak & Spell Depeche Mode era. However, the Drumtraks is not what I would consider a "bread and butter" drum machine. It is great in a support mode, or when you need to get early 80's style sounds. You will never confuse the Drumtraks with a real drummer (which is half of the point of getting a machine like this). Basically, the Drumtraks makes an excellent companion to my Roland R-8 and SCI TOM drum machines. (All three in a mix... oh yeah. Main beats on the R-8, triggered effects from the Drumtraks, reverse hits on the TOM.)

However, the Drumtraks machine that I acquired has been hotrodded with a strange modification that, I for one, haven't heard about yet. Perhaps someone more knowledgable about this instrument can fill me in, as I am VERY curious to the origins of this particular mod/unit.

Located in the top left-hand quarter of the unit are five toggle switches, each one wired to a different sound chip. When you flip the switch, the sounds are heavily modified--becoming incredibly noisy and industrial sounding. (I.e. the cowbell sound becomes an eerie, electronic/pink noise boom that really brings down the house.) With these modifications, my particular Drumtraks becomes THE industrial drum machine--capable of blasting out harsh, original, in-your-face drum lines that are unparalleled (to my ears at least). Seriously, I've never heard sounds like these put to tracks before.

If anyone has any knowledge about these modifications, if it is a "one of a kind" mod, or a common mod--I would be interested to find out! If necessary, I can detail more of the modifications to the unit that someone did (non-standard sound chips, etc...). Just drop me an email at the address above, I would love to hear from you.

Oh yeah, it's not for sale. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-21-1999 at 00:53
Ryan a part-timer user from Minneapolis, MN writes:
The Drumtrax can be a useful machine if used creatively...while the drum sounds alone are not all that great for my purposes (although some people really like them), this thing rocks when I use it for SFX by running it through a ValveFX. I can even get "synthy-pad-like" sounds from it!

Oh yeah, does anyone know if the mod chips for different samples are still available anywhere? I am VERY interested in finding some of these...please email me if you have any info!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-1999 at 16:37
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