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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 
Digital (D) 
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
Step Sequencer 
Max Step Count16
Tempo (min value)40
Tempo (max value)240
MIDI in/ out
Color resolution Monochrome
Pads Matrix
Pads Count16
Audio out
Power Supply Internal, Accumulators
Height55 mm
Width400 mm
Depth194 mm
Weight1.300 kg
Production start1987
Production end1990
Production ended

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