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Favorite analog drum machines

Post by RD9 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:33 am

Pardon me if there is a thread about this already, but I didn't see one in the search results...

I'm looking for a top 10 or top 20 list of favorite analog drum machines (old and new), excluding the 808/909. I'm particularly curious about opinions towards non-programmable preset vintage drum machines like the MiniPops and CR-68, and also the lack of midi on units like the 606 and DR-55 (excluding midi mods--just using it as is).

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Re: Best analog drum machines

Post by Z » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:41 am

Proper drum machines or any analog drum synth?

If the latter, then Simmons SDSV, MAM ADX-1, Vermona DRM-1, and Tama TechStar modules are great.

For proper drum machines, you really can't beat the TR-606 even with its lack of MIDI. It's still easy to sync with a MIDI rig with a MIDI to Sync24 converter. They're so hand because they can run off batteries and have 2 trigger outs. The Boss DR-110 sounds great, too, but might be a bit harder to incorporate into a MIDI system without modifications.

The CR-78 sounds great, but is a bugger to program. I'm wanting to get Kenton's Pro-KADI installed on mine to trigger its sounds.

I'd also like to do that to one of my Korg KR-55.

The Korg KPR-77 is programmable, but has a learning curve. The sounds are OK, but don't punch like the 606.

I'm impressed with what I've seen/heard online of the Acidlab M1AM1 and MFB boxes, but I've already got an 808.

Of course, there's DSI's Tempest coming out in a few months for $2K!

That's all I can think of right now.

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by RD9 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:13 am

I guess both proper drum machines and analog drum sound modules too. I mean if the sound module is really great, then it would be worth getting another machine just to trigger it, right?

Side note: I got to hear a DR-55 for the first time last week and really loved the sound (after running it through a little reverb) and the price. I kind of liked the limitations and easy programming. The simplicity is quite elegant.

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by wiss » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:22 am

Roland R8(not analog)
Sequential Circuits Drum Track (not analog)
Jomox 888/999/09
Roland TR 707 (not analog)
Machinedrum (not analog)
pretty much any preset rhythm box
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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by iProg » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:27 am

LinnDrum
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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:55 pm

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by TheKeytarist » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:18 pm

I know by looking at it, that the DSI Tempest is going to be my favorite drumm-machine ever.
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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by sam » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:38 pm

My MPC (not akai) analog drum machine.....It has 8 pads and you can program many parameters.

It sounds amazing and has it's unique sound...Better than the 808 for fullness.

Many have become extinct because of battery damage (AKA polysix but worse)

I have restored mine....Wonderful machine and i take it live.
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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by RD9 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:27 pm

Automatic Gainsay wrote:Thomas Bandmaster
Damn I don't even see any YouTube videos of that. There must have been only like 10 ever made. :D

Yeah, the Tempest looks pretty powerful. Too bad it's so expensive.

By MPC, did you mean this one?


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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by aXL » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:27 pm

This is my favourite analogue drum machine :P
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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by sam » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:13 pm

RD9 wrote:
Automatic Gainsay wrote:Thomas Bandmaster
Damn I don't even see any YouTube videos of that. There must have been only like 10 ever made. :D

Yeah, the Tempest looks pretty powerful. Too bad it's so expensive.

By MPC, did you mean this one?


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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by JNeidlinger » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:41 am

Any of these.

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by RD9 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:56 am

Cool! What do you use to trigger the Tamas?

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by JNeidlinger » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:23 am

A CMU-800R!

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Re: Favorite analog drum machines

Post by tekkentool » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:36 am

None of them :D

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