26 Mar 2009

MUSEUM Technicians Sherry Sessions: Down to Work!

hahahaha......our fave techno comedy duo, museum of techno continue their essential work doing.......erm........all things techno...obviously! (and you can do a little gear spotting!), they have loadsa brilliant video's on their youtube page check em out and subscribe HERE!

MUSEUM of Techno Making a Beat Part 2!

In which Cornwell and Braidy continue their quest to record the perfect drum loop for a techno tune. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/museumoftechno

MUSEUM of Techno Making a Beat Part 1!

In which Mr Cornwell sets up a drum kit, to record "break beat" loops for use in a techno rhythm. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/museumoftechno

24 Mar 2009

ACE TONE Rhythm Ace FR-1...for sale!

Excellent condition and working order (does have some bumps and bruises on cabinet). I plugged into and amp and all functions are in working order. Has 16 different sounds with a Tempo Control and Cancel buttons to remove Cymbal / Claves / Cow Bell or Basse Drum (or all four). 3.5 Watts / Made in Japan. Comes as pictured. Cabinet approximately 21" Long X 7" Wide. Includes plug and cord.


ROLAND rhythm 33 analogue...for sale!

You are bidding on my Roland rhythm 33 analogue drum machine. Its in lovely condition for its age. The rhythms are all preset, and it has a silver touch button to start and stop all patterns. There is a balance control, tempo, output jack, volume control, and varitaion. It has been used on my hammond B3 for many years is a great piece of kit
click below to listen to the audio


NOVATION DrumStation Rack Mount Module...for sale!

Novation DrumStation Drum Station 19" Vintage Rack Mount Drum Machine
Good condition all in working order with original manual and power supply. Original box not available but will package well.
Paypal preferred. Cheque accepted. Will post when cleared.
From Vintage Synth website:
This is the first true TR-808 / 909 clone! Unlike the rest which use only samples, the DrumStation employs analog Sound Modeling - digitally synthesized models of the original waveforms which can be shaped, just like analog. This means you can adjust the tone, attack, decay, tuning, snap, and distortion of its drum tones. It includes all of the sounds found in the original 808 and 909's, the same tone controls for each drum part, and my favorite is the DIN Sync output which will allow you to sync a TB-303, 909, or 808 to it, just like the original boxes.
This is the perfect source for believable, tweakable 808 and 909 drums! It also features modern functions such as full MIDI implementation and control of all parameters, distortion, front-cut edits, note-off programming, programmable drum kits with 40 memory locations, and general-midi drum mapping. Plus there are multiple assignable individual outputs! It's used by Orbital, Laurent Garnier, and Hardfloor.


23 Mar 2009

TENORI-ON w/ vintage drum machines samples!


Testing and cutting the TENORI-ON w/ samples of vintage drum machines such as Akai MPC60, Korg DD1 and Linn 9000

Material in this video:
- Korg Kaoss Pad 3
- Jomox M-Resonator
- Denon DN-S1200
- Vestax PMC-05 Pro III


MFB & DIY Drummachine!

Drummachine with some MFB drummodules: bassdrum (Drum04), snare (Drum05) and Hihat (Drum03) and the Mixer (Drum99). The DIY Part is a bassdrum with a SSM2044 Filter chip and a 4093 percussion oscillator. Controlled with the MFB SEQ02. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/omegaattraktor

KiNK composing live on Vermona DRM part II!

KiNK composing live on the vintage analog drummachine with a t.r. style sequencer - VERMONA Digital Rhythm Machine (part II : 24 step sequences). original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/kink303

20 Mar 2009

STEINBERG Groove Agent 3 Review!

Steinberg Groove Agent 3 is the third incarnation of Steinberg's phenomenally successful Groove Agent virtual drummer VST instrument, and is a major step up from previous versions. Groove Agent 3 combines a huge library of drum and percussion sounds with a range of player technologies to give you dynamic, ready-to-go drums, beats, rhythms and percussion in only a few mouse clicks. Top-quality drum samples and live recorded drum performances in a massive number of variations cover 123 different styles from over 50 years of music history, automatically synced to the song tempo. And Groove Agent 3 also features more kits and sounds, including 3 new top-rate acoustic drum kits, as well as the ability to import user samples in wav and AIFF format for even more flexibility.

Steinberg Groove Agent 3 adds two new agents to the Classic Agent seen in previous versions: Special Agent and Percussion Agent. While the top-notch Special Agent adds an astoundingly realistic studio drummer complete with new acoustic drum kits to Steinberg Groove Agent 3's arsenal, the Percussion Agent is specialized in red-hot percussive grooves and beats. The new Dual Mode puts any two of the three agents together in the recording studio for scorching virtual drum and percussion sessions -- all within one single VST instrument. And while Steinberg Groove Agent 3 breathes new life into any production with its inspiring and inventive drum performances, it's also an ideal sparring partner for practice or jam sessions.

Add inspiring live drum patterns and percussion performances in real-time to your song and quickly record the result.
Covers almost any style: 123 styles total - 108 Groove Agent and 15 Special Agent drum styles plus hundreds of percussion performances played by professional studio drummers - automatically synced up to song tempo.
Variations with 25 complexity levels in each style, including fills, intros, endings and half tempo feel variations.
Huge audio library: 10 richly detailed acoustic kits and 9 drum machines plus a vast array of acoustic and electric percussion sounds in outstanding quality.
Classic Groove Agent module offers fully editable drum styles with corresponding kits and FX.
NEW - Special Agent module features 15 complete live drumming styles, each containing 75 different performances.
NEW - Percussion Agent module with 8 groups of red-hot recorded percussion grooves with hundreds of percussion performances.
NEW -- Dual Mode combines the breathtaking creative power of two Agents playing side by side within the same VSTi.
NEW -- flexible User Import Sample feature (wav/AIFF) - Create your own kits.
NEW - Realistic rolls and paradiddles thanks to Alternating hits for each drum on every note. This means no more machine gun effect.
NEW - Auto Fill functionality and useful Speed control for jamming and practicing.
RealAmbience technology offers true recorded ambience for drum kits to perfectly blend into any mix.
NEW - 9-band EQ and compressor for each of the 12 stereo outputs, useful Presets included.
Record Groove Agent beats to a MIDI track with Cubase and Nuendo or export Groove combinations to a MIDI file for further editing in any host.
Supports all major formats: VST, DXi, AU + Rewire for easy Pro Tools® integration.
Standalone version with multiple-output support included.
Steinberg Groove Agent 3 - Minimum System Requirements


Mac OS X v10.4
Power Mac G5 2 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 minimum
4 GB free HD space
DVD drive required for installation
CoreAudio compatible audio hardware is required
Steinberg Key (copy protection device) and USB port required*
Internet connection required for license activation
For usage as plug-in, a VST (VST 2.3 or higher) or AU compatible host is required (AU hosting is compatible with Logic 7.1.1). For usage as Rewire slave device, a Rewire compatible host is required.


Windows XP Home or XP Professional
Intel / AMD Prozessor 2 GHz minimum
4 GB free HD space
DVD drive required for installation
Windows MME compatible audio hardware is required (ASIO compatible audio hardware required for low latency operation).
Steinberg Key (copy protection device) and USB port required*
Internet connection required for license activation
For usage as plug-in, a VST (VST 2.3 or higher) or DXi2 compatible host is required. For usage as Rewire slave device, a Rewire compatible host is required.

*The Steinberg Key (USB copy protection device) required to run this product is not included. Customers who do not own a Steinberg Key must purchase one separately. The same Steinberg Key copy protection device is then used for all Steinberg products that require it.

TOUCHSCREEN Drum Machine Max/Msp!

My €100 touchscreen drummachine built in Max/Msp. The touchscreen was $65 from http://www.lavatechnology.com - it's a 5 wire resitive touchscreen overlay. The software uses a lot of Eric Lyons PotPourri objects (http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk/~elyon/LyonSo ftware/MaxMSP/).

There's more on how I made it in the second video. Go to http://audiolemon.blogspot.com/2008/ to see more and get all the links.

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19 Mar 2009

MUSOTALK 250 Angecheckt NI Maschine part 1!

A first test run with the new Groove Production studio. The interaction of CONTROLLERs and software is really exemplary. I brought a simple House TRACK with it in shortest time to the start. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/musotalk

CIRCUIT bent Korg DDD-1 by exFade!

A 23 point patch bay, 5 way rotary switch with 7 segment LED indicator of bends, and global tempo independent pitch sweep make for a nice beat muncher. http://www.exfade.com

BUILDING Bangers on The Beat Thang!

Kang Boom Bap shows us how easy it is to build a bangin' track on the Beat Thang.
Filmed in the suite at Winter NAMM 2009. ORIGINAL POST BY http://www.youtube.com/user/BeatKangz

18 Mar 2009

ROLAND electronic drums demonstrated by Craig Blundell!

The latest in electronic drums and drum machines demonstrated at Stuff Live on 1st November 2008. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/tdrury

CASIO LD-80 Drum Machine!

playin the Casio LD-80 Drum Machine. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/ctas

iZOTOPE iDrum and GarageBand!

iDrum turns your Mac or PC into a powerful, simple-to-use virtual drum machine. Build patterns with iDrum's lightning-fast step sequencer, using included kits or your own samples. From ambient downtempo to bangin' hip hop to frenetic drum & bass, iDrum's got you covered. $69.99 http://www.izotope.com/ Mac and PC

17 Mar 2009

SONY DRP-2 drum machine!

Sony "Drum Pad" DPR-2 drum machine and electronic drums, 13 sounds, 2 user pattern (4/4 and 3/4), 8 preset patterns, fill-in mode, pads for real time play/record. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/kulten

JOHNNY CASH Belshazzar Machine Drum Remix!

Johnny Cash remix. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/skurt999

KIDTRONICS Drum Machine!

This is a circuit-bent Kidtronix toy drum machine from the late '80s/early '90s. I added a 555-based timing circuit from a led display to make it a kind of automatic drum machine. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/michaeluna

16 Mar 2009

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS 8bit vintage 1985!

The Sequential (Circuits) TOM is a great drum machine - similar to the SCI Drumtraks. Also it could be the little brother of the Studio 440. It has a decent MIDI implementation and understands MIDI SysEx. The TOM's memory contains 8 samples; inserting a sound cartridge, you can have 7 additional samples. The crispy 8-bit samples sound great. In this video you will hear the following cartridges: "basic percussion", "special effects", "latin percussion" and "contemporary". original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/AnalogAudio1

CIRCUIT Bent Drum Machine!

Circuit Bent Childern's drum machine toy. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/SeanBroccoli

AMIGA and Drum Machine JAM!

Just showing off my new YAMAHA RX120...
And improvising a little live performance! :P
Im going to circuit bend that drum machine soon and i got some big plans for my winter demo : )

13 Mar 2009

KRAZYATE on the Streetboxx!

This is me, Krazy ATE on my Drum Machine, the Streetboxx SB-246 by Zoom.
I'm just playing around doing whatever. It was kind of early in the morning and I haven't slept yet but I think it's an alright loop.
It was recorded on my old POS Webcam so the quality is kind of low, but the sound quality's good. © 2009 Carn-Evil Records. All Rights Reserved. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/CarnEvilTV

CIRCUIT Bent Rap Pad!

Circuit Bent Rap Pad Drum Machine Drone Generator. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/KillaB777

DIRTY Drums!

A little example of what you can do on your emx-1. EMX-1 modulating itself. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/Betterburg

12 Mar 2009

SAC masta!

SAC MASTA OF THE BAY AREAS SLAP FACTORY PLAYING THE DRUM MACHINE LIKE A REAL DRUMSET. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/sacmasta

JOMOX XBase888 NAMM 2008 Big City Music!

Here is the new Jomox XBase888 drum machine at the Big City Music booth (#6735) at NAMM 2008.
This is some pretty random stuff in a very noisy environment, but really, this thing sounds great! Available new at Big City Music!

DAVID "fingers" Haynes with Brian Clay and Friends!

David Fingers Haynes doing a club date with my Korg nanopad , playing with Brian Clay. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/DHaynesakafingerrs

11 Mar 2009

KORG KR55 Demonstrated By Anjelicas Baby!

Paul Leishman from British Electronic pop outfit Anjelicas Baby www.myspace.com/anjelicasbaby demonstrates the (1979) vintage Korg KR-55 analogue Rhythm Machine recorded at In4rm Records studio www.myspace.com/in4rmrecords

Also, hubpages article reviewing the Korg KR-55 and KR-55b now up at:


· 7 analogue instruments
· integrated 16 step sequencer
· 26 controls for Attack, Decay, Pitch and more
· Kick and Snare each programmable with two different pitches
· Tom programmable with three different pitches
· Memory locations for 72 rhythms and 8 songs
The full analogue MFB-502 is a drum computer with versatile sound and intuitive realtime control. Its easy, TR-808 style, integrated step sequencer offers memory locations for 72 rhythms and 8 songs. The following instruments are included:
Kick Drum with adjustable Attack, Pitch, Decay and Level. 2 programmable pitches. Individual output.
Snare Drum with adjustable Attack, Noise, Pitch and Level. 2 programmable pitches. Individual output.
Hand Clap with adjustable Attack, Tone, Decay and Level. The number of virtual claps can be programmed.
Tom with adjustable Attack, Pitch, Decay and Level. 3 programmable pitches.
Bongo with adjustable Attack, Pitch, Decay and Level. 2 programmable pitches.
Cymbal with adjustable Attack, Tone, Decay and Level and individual output.
Open and Closed Hihat with adjustable Decay and Level and individual output.

The stepsequencer has memory locations for 72 rhythms and fill-ins. The 8 programmable songs allow to chain up multiple rhythms.

The additional stereo output is used alone or in combination with the individual outputs. MIDI In: The MIDI Input allows dynamic triggering of the internal sound sources by any MIDI source - keyboard or sequencer. The sequencer can also be synchronized to MIDI-Clock.

Dimensions: W/H/D 175 x 38/72 x 125 mm. External power supply included.
the owners manual is HERE!
and one mp3 demo HERE!


The first iPhone band. More songs to come. www.iband.at

10 Mar 2009

PHATBEATZ wav drag to host!

A video showing a new feature (coming in V1.2) of the Phatbeatz drum machine VST plugin. Users can create a drum pattern, render it to a complete drum loop wav file, then drag the wav file into the host. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/scuzzphut

ACE TONE Rhythm Ace with MIDI!

This is a short demo of an Ace Tone Rhythm Ace Drum Machine to which I added MIDI trigger capability.

It's being triggered by an Oberheim DX'a' (the 'a' was the last DX model made by Oberheim and featured stock MIDI), running a few simple patterns.

The Rhythm Ace has about 9-10 drum sounds, most of them are made using resonant transistor oscillator circuits - all the transistors are Germanium - with inductors. There are no IC's anywhere within the Rhythm Ace (well, now there is with the MIDI board). Ace Tone ultimately became Roland, and while the classic TR-808 typically uses a different type of drum oscillator circuit, it's interesting to me that the Rhythm Ace seems to have a Roland quality to the sound.

The MIDI board is made by Highly Liquid and is actually intended for use in the Atari 2600. I added some interface circuitry that inverts and creates brief decaying-exponential triggers from the pulses of the Highly Liquid board.

One limitation here is that the Ace Tone COULD respond dynamically to the triggers, as the sound varies depending upon the shape and size of the trigger pulse. I didn't optimize for that, and that's pretty much why you don't here any open hats or low congas. And you CAN get the bass to boom a la 808 by tweaking a trimpot in the Rhythm Ace, but I held it back a bit here.

I do apologize for the lack of bass here - it's due to the lousy mic on my video camera. Someday I'll get my act together and record these videos with a mixed line-in to the camera.

original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/rolandsh1000

BEATING my drummachine with a camera in my face...!

Banging on my drum machine with a camera in my face...i loved the idea.. and it felt good like a summer breeze...original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/dedreammer

9 Mar 2009

PSP Rhythm...download free!

RHYTHM is an audio sequencer for the Sony PSP (Playstation Portable).

RHYTHM was created to entertain and inspire the end user (producer) by allowing the user to create music with a high level of artistic freedom.

RHYTHM is a single player game where the user organizes sounds into rhythmic and melodic patterns, and then organizes the patterns into complete, exportable songs. Up to 16 sounds can be simultaneously sequenced with a precise degree of control in up to 64 patterns. These patterns can then be arranged into a song which can consist of up to 999 song steps. The user can then export the completed song as CD quality PCM wave files.

The heart of RHYTHM is its sample based audio engine aptly named the RHYTHM ENGINE. The RHYTHM ENGINE enables the user to chop, pitch-shift, time-stretch, and effect digital audio files.

The graphic user interface (GUI) is designed to be a highly efficient visual aid to the creative process of producing electronic music. RHYTHM clearly displays the basic building blocks of audio sequencing, musical notation, sound editing, effects processing, and song arrangement in a well defined and organized manner. The GUI is easy to navigate while still providing detailed information and control over the user’s music.

RHYTHM uses four pattern mode views (PATTERN, TRACK, WAVE, & EFFECTS) and one song mode view (SONG) to display all song information. Each view has similar control and data input. Each view displays a specific type of information. PATTERN VIEW displays an overview of each pattern. TRACK VIEW displays sound specific pitch information. WAVE VIEW displays sound specific sample information. EFFECTS VIEW displays an overview of the effects applied to each sound.

The control scheme and button implementation is designed to be simple and easy to understand. Button functions are intuitive and require little guidance to learn. Control functionality is consistent throughout each view.

RHYTHM's simple and intuitive interface gives the user access to an otherwise complex music process. Producing music is streamlined which keeps creative ideas flowing instead of being interrupted by a bombardment of programming features and a cascade of menus and sub-menus. With beat templates and instrument sequences, RHYTHM will instantly bring out the music producer in everyone.

for more info & to download this wicked piece of software from HERE!

POCKET pc drum machine!

pocket pc drum machine, original post by

BENTLEY Rythym Ace Classic Vintage....for sale!

Classic Vintage Bently Rythym Ace Rythym Machine, All functions appear to work fine, Very nice sounds produced, Home use condition never gigged, can be viewed/heard in fulham london, take a bid HERE!

8 Mar 2009

PROGRAMMING the Korg Kpr77!

This is the Korg KPR-77.

Neat little drum Machine with a warm tone. The toms sound great. Kick could use a little more depth, snare could use more snap... but the still sound neat, obviously. You could always do the Plutonique9 Mod and add a quick pitch ENV to the kick and a faster attack to the snare. I hear it sounds great! I had been intending to do the mod, but am instead selling the machine and switching to vintage samplers. Thought I would make a quick little video to help sell it, so here it is!

The KPR is a cool machine, but is mostly overshadowed by the Roland stuff, particularly the 606. The 606 does sound cool, but I think the KPR has much better toms. I personally think that the Boss DR-110 sounds better than both of these, but it lacks toms, and that's a bummer being that I love the analog tom sound. The KPR does sound very unique, sounds amazing with a little TLC in the EQ and Effects department and will definitely add a unique sound to your setup. Try dropping some of the Lower Mids a bit and boosting the Low. Delay is always great, and of course something to grunge it up is awesome too.

In the spirit of analog gear, I recorded all the audio of this video to my Tascam MSR-16 Reel-To-Reel through my analog Ramsa board, with absolutely no EQ or effects of any kind. What you hear is exactly what the KPR is! original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/peglegjoe857

JEFF MILLS, Nextech 2008 Firenze TR 909!

Ultimo disco di Jeff Mills dopo 3 ore di dj set al Nextech3 Festival alla stazione Leopolda di Firenze, a settembre 2008. Last Track of Jeff Mills at techno festival Nextech3 in Florence, Italy September 2008. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/moraldone


Me playing around with my Oberheim drum machine, noodling with the pattern sequencer and then playing the drum pattern from New Order's "Blue Monday." Enjoy...original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/spaceboyjosh

7 Mar 2009

TRAXXPAD beat 7!

been out politikin but now im back. check out this new joint called "tha jump off".
original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/sanhozeezee

RHYTHM 8.0 Commercial!

Rhythm version 8.0 Free Homebrew Drum Machine Synthesizer for the PSP!


A tangible rhythm sequencer. Ball bearings are used to trigger (Roland TR-808) drum sounds. Visual feedback is provided from a CRT display underneath to indicate the current time and the state of each beat.

More information can be found at both my homepage:

the BeatBearing project site:

And my blog:

The BeatBearing was created as part of my PhD research in the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), at Queens University, Belfast. SARC's website is here:

6 Mar 2009

KAOSS pad 3 Drum Machine Test!

Here is a little test of the Drum Machine that come with Kaoss Pad 3 (drM.1 effect). You have to adjust the same BPM into the Kaosspad and Kaossilator.

Note that there is a limitation: you are not enabled to switch between the effects because it will stop the drum as seen in the end of this video.

I created the rest of the music with the Kaossilator and sampled & Looped into the Kaosspad 3.
Recorded @ Homemadeselfplasure Studios.
original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/brownsugarbar

DRUM Machine Video Game Player in Korean Arcade!

This guy can play the drums (well...kind of...!) and it appears he plays them on a video game drum set machine in Busan in the Nampodong PIFF district where there is really ultra cool video game arcade.
original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/bixlerscott

A BIG mess from Thank You For The Drum Machine!

Here at DruMachineBoy towers we love Thank you for the drum machine....and it aint only because they've got drum machine in their name...altho it does help!! nice!!
original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/bookingalive

5 Mar 2009

DRUM Machine Software Roland kits...for sale!

Drum Machine Software Create Beats, Rythm, roland kits....more info & take a bid HERE

V-POPS Minipops VSTi!

My new VSTi recreating the sound of vintage 70s drum machines. Fully synthesized and tweakable. Will be available from my website when it's up and running.
original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/benanderson88

LINN Drum LM1 Vintage RARE...for sale!

This listing is for a Linn Drum LM-1 drum machine. THE ultra rare vintage box! The unit is 100% functional and I just had it gone through by Bruce Forat and it's got a clean bill of health. This one is serial #25 which was hand built by Roger himself. Bruce gave me the scoop that there were 3 revisions of the LM-1 and that the first run has a noticeable "larger" sound and was the most popular of all three rev's. Don't miss the chance to own a piece of history and have 1/600th (or so) of all the Linn's in the world :)

take a bid HERE

3 Mar 2009

FREESTYLIN with my 808!

freestylin live hip hop beats with my gear the sp 808ex,everyday routine, original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/AUTOCHOPP

RARE Vintage Roland TR707...for sale!

Roland TR-07 Rhythm Composer
This is a Rare mid 1980's vintage sample based Drum Machine from Roland, their TR-707, programmable, with the ability to produce sounds from Bass and Snare Drums, High, Med and Low Tom, Rim-Shot, Cow-Bell, Hand Clap, Tambourine, Hi-Hat (open/closed) and Cymbal (crash/ride).
It has both Midi In/Out and DIN Sync controls, and individual outputs and slider controls for each sound.
The Machine has been lightly used but is nevertheless in Excellent condition, working Perfectly and with no structural damage. All knobs, buttons, fittings, etc are Excellent. Body and panel surfaces possibly show light dirt or friction. The LCD surface and display are Superb.
A 240V AC/12V DC mains Cable is included, not original.
Optional pick-up is available for this item, from the Elsternwick/Caulfield area (Melways ref 68).

take a bid HERE

ULTRABEAT Drum Machine in Logic Pro8!

Toggle between drum patterns with advanced features in Logic Pro. Learn how to use drum patterns in Logic Pro 8 Ultrabeat in this free music production tool tutorial from a professional audio engineer. original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/expertvillage

KORG Rhythm KR55 Vintage 1970s...for sale!

For sale is this hard to get hold of, and usually hard to afford, vintage Drum Machine:

Korg Rhythm 55 (KR-55)
Vintage 1979 Drum Machine
Warm, classic sound

“The KR55 was, for its time (1979), an advanced preset rhythm drum machine with up to 96 preset rhythm patterns! These patterns cover the whole gamut of presets (Waltz, Samba, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Slow Rock, Swing, Rock, etc.). The KR55 also featured a "swing beat" control to add a variation to the groove. Each drum sound's level can be individually adjusted for each pattern. It can also be externally controlled via footswitch jack for the Start/Stop and Intro/Fill switches. It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Trio and Depeche Mode.”
(from http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/kr55.shtml where it recieves a rating of 4.6/5)

Controls on the machine are as described above; 96 rhythms, a Swing-Beat control, the obvious Tempo Control, Volume, Start/Stop button, and a Intro/Fill button, as well as individual instrument volume controls for Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Cymbal, Hi-Hat, Tom-Tom/Conga and Rim Shot/Cowbell/Claves, allowing for a whole range of different sounds, mixes, and providing a clear, and easy scope for interactivity.

At the back, in the form of ¼ inch standard audio jack sockets (same size as a standard guitar cable), there are slots for ‘Signal Out – High’, ‘Signal Out – Low’, ‘Footswitch – Intro/Fill’ and ‘Footswitch – Start/Stop’, as well as one labelled ‘Trig Out - +5v Out’. There is also a slidey switch called ‘Trig Select’, on which, options are (as note symbols) Semiquaver, Quaver, Crotchet, Semibreve, and ‘BD’. I’ve never used this feature, to be honest, so don’t know entirely what it does, although i would guess that it might affect the rate or timing of Fills etc. The labels a bit mucky, but still readable.
Footswitches are easy to get hold of, or even make, as i did once. A Standard ¼ inch jack keyboard sustain pedal would work nicely; this was what i used with it, before getting an actual keyboard to use the pedal on! This box also boasts a massive 2.5m power cable, so you won't need to drag extension lead all over the place to plug it in!

The original Korg spec is well worth checking out, and reads as follows:
“Thanks to Korg's synthesizer experience, this advanced rhythm machine offers more realistic percussion instrument sounds than ever before.
And special digital circuit techniques allow you to help create the rhythm instead of merely selecting it.

Add intro and fill-in patterns, and adjust bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat and other instrument volume independently to obtain optimum balance and mixing.
The total of 48 different rhythmic patterns include the latest from rock, pop, and disco. We've also added a trigger-out jack for extending the system to include a synthesizer or sequencer.

And our unique "swing beat" control is continuously adjust
able to add the subtle changes that make rhythm exciting.”
(from http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-Korg-Drum-Machine-Vintage-W0QQAdIdZ105725218)

A good shot of the controls on this model (although different machine to this one offered) is as follows:

As for condition, this fantastic device has obviously led a full and fast life, probably gigging around the electro-circuit in the 1980s; it’s been there, done that... this is the real thing; it doesn’t come much more real than this. In places, the control board has been worn by the keen digits of electro-pop wizards; the box boasts battle scars; some scratches, dents and bumps (most notably at the back corner, as shown in the photo). There’s no fancy nose-up sterile factory-coldness here; only signs of life, brilliance and authentic use...
But this old box hasn’t given up; these old Korgs were built like tanks, designed to be used by real musicians; not daintily handled by conservative dabblers in the electronic arts, and as a result, it’s as strong and steady as it was, the day it came out of the factory.

The sounds these boxes produce is brilliant; warm and classic... no cold, digital sounds here, only that brilliant classic warmth, which only these old machines seem to do. I've been running this one through a spare guitar amp i had lying around, and that sounded great; playing around with gain and distortion, as well as the amp's tone controls allows for a whole new realm of brilliant sonic experimentation; this truly is a versatile box!

These machines have been used by Jean Michael-Jarre and Depeche Mode, as well as Trio, as mentioned above, and as such, hold fantastic sounds, as well as great reputations within the electro and electro-pop genres. As well as this, i’m sure that it’s use could be carried into any number of further genres, due to it's versatilite sounds and controls, or even fused with existing genres, to create entirely new and exciting sounds.

There are plenty of videos of the Korg Rhythm-55 on youtube, which go some way to demonstrate what this box is capable of, which i would highly recommend looking at, so that you can really get to know the sound.
Feel free to have a read through the machine’s fantastic reviews on Harmony Central, and get to know the box a bit more, from a use perspective:

These boxes usually sell for much more than this one starts at. Prices paid by people on HC are £100 and $250

A quick google search brings up some current prices elsewhere on the net:
€250 (http://www.macmusic.org/ads/view.php/lang/en/id/46975/)
$150 (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Music-instruments/PA-pro-audio-DJ-equipment/Synthesisers/auction-200721650.htm)
and even
$450 (http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-Korg-Drum-Machine-Vintage-W0QQAdIdZ105725218)
and even starting at £149.00 on ebay right now, at the time that this listing goes on.

Frankly, these prices are meaning that these machines are increasingly becoming pieces in the collections of proffessionals, who can afford to pay such prices, but not this machine! The low price on this KR-55 is to try and get it into the hands of someone who might not usually be able to afford one, but might really want one. Too many people nowadays are in music for the money, and i, for one, am tired of it... this machine was built for music, and hopefully by starting it at this price, it’s going to stay in the hands of someone who’ll use it and love it, rather than keep it as a ‘collection piece’.

My reason for sale is that i don’t use it as much as i should, nor as much as it deserves to be used, and am currently trying to raise some money for a new acoustic guitar. By putting it on ebay, it’ll hopefully end up in the hands of somone who’ll use it more than i do, and i’ll hopefully end up with a new acoustic sometime soon!

As a closing note, i honestly, seriously doubt that any more of these machines are going to turn up at this price, any time soon; if it’s a KR-55 you want, they don’t come much cheaper than this!

If you want any further information, pictures or have any questions regarding this vintage drum machine, feel free to ask away, and i’ll do my best to reply.

Thanks for looking, and good luck if you decide to place a bid HERE

RITM Vintage Analog 1976 RARE...for sale!

• This auction drum machine was made in 1976. Serial number: 3117.
• The rhythm box has 20 preset patterns: Foxtrot, Swing, Rock 1-4, Bosanova 1-2, Tango, Habanera, March 1-2, Waltz 1-2, Samba, Bayon, Mambo, Cha-cha, Rumba, Begin.
• 3 control knobs : VOLUME, TIMBRE, TEMPO.
• Power on/off switch.
• Audio OUT comes directly from box on 1/4'' standard jack socket.
• Interesting detail about output - directly from box comes start/stop pedal. The sound comes out only when You hold the pedal - You must press this pedal all the time when operate with sound, if You take it off - sound stops. This is strange soviet system :)
• Power Supply: 220/240V.
• In addition, a start-and-stop key on panel and a button of style variation are available.
• On a rear panel is located hidden slot with a power AC, power cord, line output cable and pedal.

take a bid HERE

EMU Drumulator Vintage...for sale!

Excellent condition / Worldwide shipping available
Created in the wake of the Emulator sampler-synths, E-mu unleashed the Drumulator sample-based drum-machines. The Drumulator was E-mu's attempt at creating a rhythm machine like the Linn LM-1 that was better and cheaper. What they made wound up becoming a huge hit for E-mu. The Drumulator had eight drum sounds on a ROM microchip which were gritty, lo-fi 12-bit samples of basic drum sounds...but they were some classic sounds! The Drumulator II added sampling so you could bring in your own sounds. Samples could be truncated, looped, etc.
The Drumulator was primarily a drum machine, however, and offered sequencing that could be accomplished in real-time for a live feel. Or it could be meticulously programmed via step entry and edit modes. Up to 36 sequenced patterns can be stored, chained and mixed to create up to 8 songs. Your sequences and sample data can be stored to floppy diskettes. The Drumulator can be connected to an old computer (like an Apple II) for better visual sequencing and editing too. The Drumulator II went on to become the even better SP-12 drum machine. Drumulators have been used by various musicians, from Howard Jones to Hardfloor.

take a bid HERE

1 Mar 2009

SR16 circuit bending!

I'm using an MC-303 groovebox to send midi arpeggio patterns to an Alesis SR-16 drum machine. I'm also circuit bending the SR-16 with a paper clip, original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/burnkit2600

CONRAD AK CRM260 Analog Drumcomputer!

A Demo of combined/ mixed rhythms by pressing two buttons of the Conrad CRM-260 Electronic Drummer simultaneous, 70's machine, original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/PlastikOD

JP playing the Korg KR55b!

I just got this, sounds nice!, original post by http://www.youtube.com/user/sifkasifka2