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Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by photomoto » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:56 pm

Hello I am looking for a drum machine that has a digital tempo display but also has trigger out and midi....the only option I have found is the tr-707 and tr-727 is this my only option as it is a little pricey for a quick retro solution.

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by pflosi » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:42 pm

all roland x0x do that trick... 626 and 505 are cheaper

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Z » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:42 pm

TR-505, TR-626, TR-909 (rim shot)

Kawai R-100 (instrument is assignable)

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by nathanscribe » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:05 pm

The TR-505 does not have a trigger output.

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Syn303 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:30 pm

TR-606 Trigger Outs on Low and Hi-Toms
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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Z » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:36 pm

606 doesn't have MIDI nor does the 808 with THREE trigger outs - nor do either have digital tempo displays.

I thought the 505 did have trigger out, but DL'd the manual from RolandUs.com and nathanscribe is correct - no trigger out on 505. I have used the trigger outs on 626 & 909 many times (as well as on 606 & 808).

There's a seller on eBay in Canada that makes all kinds of MIDI to whatever boxes. I bought a MIDI to 8 trigger box for my Simmons SDSV which works quite well. Not a drum machine, though.
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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by pflosi » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:33 am

didnt know there was no trigger on the 505

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Sir Ruff » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:54 am

if we're going to mention them all: SCI TOM too..
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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by bleurgh » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:15 am

photomoto wrote:Hello I am looking for a drum machine that has a digital tempo display but also has trigger out and midi....the only option I have found is the tr-707 and tr-727 is this my only option as it is a little pricey for a quick retro solution.

I presume the emphasis is on something cheap. The Yamaha RX5 has MIDI and both a clock input and output and can usually be had for peanuts. Not the best sounds, but certainly usable and very flexible (for an 80's drum machine).

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Z » Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:41 am

bleurgh wrote:The Yamaha RX5 has MIDI and both a clock input and output
Clock IN&OUT is not the same as trigger out. Clock IN&OUT produces and receives a constant tone for synchronizing with a multi-track tape machine. A trigger out produces a pulse or click used to trigger a synth or drum synth.

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by pricklyrobot » Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:00 am

Z wrote:
bleurgh wrote:The Yamaha RX5 has MIDI and both a clock input and output
Clock IN&OUT is not the same as trigger out. Clock IN&OUT produces and receives a constant tone for synchronizing with a multi-track tape machine. A trigger out produces a pulse or click used to trigger a synth or drum synth.
I have read numerous references to people using the RX-5's audio outs to trigger analog drum modules though.

Never tried it myself (no analog drum gear), so I can't vouch for it. Might take a bit of experimenting to find the right tone/volume, but the RX-5 does have a whole lot of editability so it seems plausible.
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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by monolith » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:16 am

Don't forget the Boss DR-110, Dr-55, Dr-220A and Dr-220E as well!
I sold my 505 because it didnt have trigger out :(

edit: just remembered you wanted a display/midi etc. so scrap these.
However the Dr.110 has a screen and can be modded for midi in and some tweaking.

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by Z » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:20 am

monolith wrote:Don't forget the Boss DR-110, Dr-55, Dr-220A and Dr-220E as well!
None of those have MIDI.

I'll have to try the individual outs to my SDSV as pricklyrobot has heard. I'll let y'all know what I find out.

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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by monolith » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:25 am

Z wrote:
monolith wrote:Don't forget the Boss DR-110, Dr-55, Dr-220A and Dr-220E as well!
None of those have MIDI.
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Re: Trigger out Drum Machines

Post by nathanscribe » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:40 am

... and the DR-55 has no digital display. Nor can it be clocked from anything else without modification.

As for the RX-5 clock, if it's anything like the RX-11 clock in/out, it's a configurable pulse train of 24, 48 or 96ppqn. This means it will interface with some pre-MIDI gear. You could probably get some clock convertor to work with that, but if you've already got MIDI it seems a bit pointless.

What about the old Korgs?

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