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Roland TR-606

Analog Drum Machine

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Roland TR-606
Roland TR-606
700.00 street price

Shadowed by more famous colleagues, TR-606 strikes back. The release of a miniature box with huge potential took place in 1982. Like its colleagues bathing in fame pool, the drum machine generates its sounds with a simple analog circuit. At first glance, you can take it for TB-303, and it wouldn’t be wrong. TR-606 was designed to be used in tandem with TB-303 via MIDI synchronization.

It has 7 classical types of percussion: kicks, snares, closed/open hi-hats, toms and cymbals, created using analog synthesis (mainly due to the merging of the ring and noise), which can’t but please fans. It is important to note that sounds can not be edited. Fortunately, each timbre is brilliant enough. Kick is quite soft, but at the same time juicy, hi-hats feel metallic, and snare is bright and expressive.

TR-606 offers a pattern sequencer of up to 32 patterns, which can be turned into eight different songs. 4 consecutive patterns can be linked in "Pattern Play" mode. The rhythm machine has tremendous possibilities in switching the Write and Play modes without playback interruption. There is also a BPM control knob (40 to 300). The rhythm machine has dropped into the hands of many high-profile names, such as: Astral Projection, Nine Inch Nails, Orbital, Mr. Oizo, Autechre, Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert and others.


Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Bass Synthesizer 
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Analogue (A) 
Drum/ Percussion Channels7
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 Percussion
Pattern Sequencer 
Preset patterns32
MIDI in/ out
mini DIN IN/OUT 
Built-in controllers
Audio out
Analogue: 1/8" (3.5mm)1
Impedance, headphones1000 Ω
Voltage 9V
Height55 mm
Width300 mm
Depth146 mm
Weight3.700 kg
Production start1982
Production end1984
Production ended

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