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Roland TR-66

Rhythm Arranger

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Roland TR-66
350.00 street price

Roland TR-66 was released in 1973 as one of the earliest models of rhythm machines. It was the predecessor of the more famous CR (CompuRhythm) line which appeared on the shelves 5 years later.

Rhythm arranger with a minimalist interface comprises 18 initial drum patterns, which include: kick, snare, hi-hats and percussion. By default, all elements are grouped into genres of rock, swing, march and dance. Each of the patterns is easily combined with one of the 9 genre rhythm patterns. These ones include exotic combinations of waltz, cha-cha, bossa nova, rumba, etc. Simultaneous pressing of 2 or more buttons opens new unique combinations. Literally speaking, about 100 rhythmic variations are available here.

The PCM sample library includes 11 analog timbres. All built-in samples do not seem unusual, but they have a warm and soft sound, and are also reminiscent of the voices in the subsequent CR series. Among the drums and percussion there are: kick, snare, hi-hat, congas, bongos, claves, maracas, cowbell, rim shot, cymbals.

The interface does not provide the ability to change sounds, at least there is a balance knob that is responsible for the overall tone of the samples. A large knob, referred to as "Tempo", offers the BPM setting with a range from 50 to 200. Unfortunately, this device can’t be synchronized with other equipment, but then all you need is to sample and treat your loops with some processing in any DAW. TR-66 was one of the instruments in the studios of the famous Depeche Mode and Roxy Music.


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Usage area
Bass Synthesizer 
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities High Conga
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Maracas
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Claves
Pattern Sequencer 
Preset patterns27
Audio out
Maximum output, line100 dBu
Power consumption4 W
Height162 mm
Width230 mm
Depth267 mm
Weight4.000 kg
Case/ body
Production start1973
Production end1975
Production ended

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