Kay Memory Rhythm Analog Drum Machine

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Kay Memory Rhythm Analog Drum Machine

Post by cprescott08 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:04 am

I just picked up one of these and wanted to know if anyone has ever heard of or had any info on it?
It appears they are Very similar to the Boss Dr-55's with some slight differences.

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Post by Blue Monster 65 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:16 am

I've only seen photos of the Kay - there's another version of this same machine with a different manufacturer, too. For the life of me, I cannot recall who, though!

May I ask what you paid for it?

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Post by cprescott08 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:49 am

I purchased it from a seller in the UK for $125.
He said although the Box is a little ragged the Drum Machine itself
appears to be in unused Mint condition.
I think it may be a decent little machine as it unlike the DR-55 does
allow for custom programming of both the Hihat & cymbal sounds.
I also own the Dr-55 and that was always my one complaint.
Let me know if you happen to recall anything else about it.
I'd definitely be interested to know some history on it.
There is virtually NO info regarding it on the Web.

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Post by cprescott08 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:21 am

I think I found the other model you mentioned. It was manufactured by a Japanese company under the name Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88 and although looked quite a bit different it had exactly the same features as the Kay Memory Rhythm DRM-1.
It appears both also had the abitlity to use either AA batteries or a power adapter.
Unlike the DR-55 which could only be powered by battery.

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Post by crystalmsc » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:51 am

hey, those are nice boxes :) I specially like the looks of the first pic.
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Post by Logan 5 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:06 pm

Seeing that Kay drum machine has filled my heart with joy and nostalgia!
I bought one when I was about 16 to go with my first synth,the Jen SX1000.I was in heaven!That was about 1984 or so.
I have always fondly remembered the Kay's sounds and it was well built-I have looked for one since but it never seems to show up anywhere.
I am so jealous! :x :wink:
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Post by Sir Ruff » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:43 pm

Blue Monster 65 wrote:I've only seen photos of the Kay - there's another version of this same machine with a different manufacturer, too. For the life of me, I cannot recall who, though!

May I ask what you paid for it?

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Soundmaster made another machine which was similar, except there were individual sliders for each sound. this one looks more like a cross between that Soundmaster and the sr88...
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Post by cprescott08 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:17 pm

Logan 5 wrote:Seeing that Kay drum machine has filled my heart with joy and nostalgia!
I bought one when I was about 16 to go with my first synth,the Jen SX1000.I was in heaven!That was about 1984 or so.
I have always fondly remembered the Kay's sounds and it was well built-I have looked for one since but it never seems to show up anywhere.
I am so jealous! :x :wink:
How did you like the Kay drum sounds?
The seller said he thought the Bass Drum in particular sounded more intersting than that of the DR-55? Not quite sure what that might mean.
Do you remember what the Fill-In feature does exactly?
Is it similar to an Accent?

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Post by masstronaut » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:56 pm

What Fill-In does it plays pattern B every 4, 8 or 16 bars as per the slider next to it.

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Post by Blue Monster 65 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:26 am

Yep! Soundmaster is the one - I just blanked on the name.

Soooo ... how do you like the sound?

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Post by cprescott08 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:02 am

Blue Monster 65 wrote:Yep! Soundmaster is the one - I just blanked on the name.

Soooo ... how do you like the sound?

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I haven't yet receive it. Should get it next week sometime.
I'll let you know how it compares to the DR-55.
Although it lacks the Rimshot I think it will make up for that in the adjustable Hihats.
The Rimshot tends to be my least used sound anyway.

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Re: Kay Memory Rhythm Analog Drum Machine

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Re: Kay Memory Rhythm Analog Drum Machine

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:35 pm

Wow. Talk about bringing a thread back from the dead.

What makes people still choose to use these machines for pattern making ? I owned a few DR55's and can't imagine someone doing anymore than sampling them.

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