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Roland TR-626

Rhythm machine

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Roland TR-626
Roland TR-626
200.00 street price

Roland TR-626 became one of the very first full-digital drum machines which are based on compressed PCM samples – it also the latest unit of the famous TR series. It is an updated digital version of the classic TR-606 and TR-505. The design is very similar to the latter one, but some useful functions have been added to the interface.

The core is based on CMOS 8 bits CPU HD63701Y0P which is controlled by 8-voice polyphony. The library consists of 30 samples with some minor restrictions (simultaneous playback of snare 1 and snare 2 is impossible). Anyway, the rhythm machine has several peculiarities owing to which it differs from its predecessors: the samples became thicker and purer. Moreover, it became possible to change the pitch within a 7-semitone range.

Recording patterns in the sequencer is similar to the Roland TR-707 system with the available Real-Time and Step modes. By the way, it reveals several interesting functions, such as: swing, flame, accent, etc. In addition, there is a "Block Sequence" mode and loop making up to 256 steps (16 steps/16 loops) is available. TR-626 was used by such performers as Vangelis and Jimmy Edgar.

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Usage area
Bass Synthesizer 
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Archetype
Digital (D) 
Polyphony
Voices8
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Technology of Sound Generation PCM
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities High Conga
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Low Conga
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Tom
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Claves
Sequencer
Step Sequencer 
Max Step Count16
Tempo (min value)40
Tempo (max value)240
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
Display
Color resolution Monochrome
Pads Matrix
Pads Count16
Audio out
Stereo 
Mono 
Power
Power Supply Internal, Accumulators
Dimensions
Height55 mm
Width400 mm
Depth194 mm
Weight1.300 kg
Color
White 
Production start1987
Production end1990
Production ended

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Roland TR-505
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  Rhythm machine   150.00 U.S.Dollars

The budget digital drum machine Roland TR-505 was released in 1986. It is a simplified version of the classic TR-626. The interface has a monochrome display, 15 buttons for pattern settings, 2 knobs for volume and tempo change, and 16 pads with different...

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