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Roland CompuRhythm CR-8000

Percussion Synthesizer

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Roland CompuRhythm CR-8000
300.00 street price

The drum machine Roland CR-8000 was released in the early 80's. The expensive device offers 10 distinctive types of percussion. Unlike the predecessors - CR-68 and CR-78 - CR-8000 got a small screen with tempo displaying, as well as knobs made in the style of TR-808 for adjusting the volume level.

Like the classic TR-808 drum machine, CR-8000 is about analog synthesis. The instrument library combines soft kick, hissing hi-hat, aggressive snare, and a number of intriguing percussion sounds. Drum patterns vary from rock and disco to more exotic Boogie and Samba rhythms. CR-78 is easily integrated with other analog instruments. The synchronization options include trigger and MIDI input/output.

While Roland TR-808 and TR-909 have long been considered classic, CR-8000 is now gaining popularity. Thus, over the past few years, prices have risen, and yet, due to the simplicity of internal sounds, it is fairly easy to recreate those samples, many of which can be found on the Internet. CR-8000 used to occupy the studios BT, Jimmy Edgar, and Blondie.


Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Analogue (A) 
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Open
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Close
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities High Conga
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Low Conga
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Maracas
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Rim Shot
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Ride Cymbal
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Claves
Pattern Sequencer 
Preset patterns34
External controllers
Swell foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Height180 mm
Width260 mm
Depth275 mm
Weight4.500 kg
Case/ body
Production start1978
Production end1981
Production ended

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