yeah, good point. This does really add a lot of variety to the sound. The different pitches of blippy bongos and toms plus high/low kick are great for complicated riddims.Altitude wrote:One thing that is rarely mentioned is that although the 502 has only 7 sounds, some sounds have more than one variation so there are in fact 2 kicks, 2 snares, long/short clap and a couple of others.pricklyrobot wrote:Sweet, it has a Clap!
The 503 looked really cool, but the lack of Clap kept me away. But with Clap in place, maybe the 522 will be that analog improvement on the ER-1 that I've been looking for.
However, I don't know how they could get away from another "808 sounding" machine with the design we're looking at. the 502s snare to me already sounds very 808-ish. very tight, and papery (like the 808). the kick is already super thumpy.
But it's irrelevant how close it sounds-if they just improved some of the instruments on the 502, it would be solid. The clap on the 502 is probably the weakest instrument, unless you think of it as a super snare. It doesn't sound bad as an "analog clap", but I think I've been indoctrinated by Roland as to what a clap should sound like! but then again, it's nice to have a box whose instruments sound nothing like anything else (well, other than older pre-808/909 era stuff).