Korg DDD-1

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The DDD-1 is a digital programmable drum machine from Korg from the mid-eighties. It offers 18 electronic drum sounds with a sound that is typical of this era. Basic kicks, snares, toms, rimshot, closed hi hats, open hi hats, ride, crash, claps, cowbell, tambourine and cabasa. Additional sounds can be added using ROM cards. The DDD-1 also featured a sampling option allowing very short and limited sampling for that extra edge of unique sounds to add to your drumkit. Drum sounds can be triggered from the 14 assignable velocity sensitive trigger-pads and there are some individual outputs.

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Programming the DDD-1 is fairly straight forward. Memory holds 100 patterns which can be linked or chained to form songs, for which there are 10 song memory locations. The drum sounds have editable parameters such as decay and tuning. For added groove in your patterns there are Roll and Flam effects. The DDD-1 is equipped with full MIDI implementation making it an easy drum machine to use in any MIDI studio. If you like typical eighties drum sounds, the DDD-1 would be a formidable alternative to other similar drum machines like the Roland TR-707 and offers more professional features than its counterpart, the DDD-5.

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31 Visitor comments
December 15, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
What is the lowest BMP this can produce on it's own?
October 15, 2013 @ 11:10 am
Just bought this 3rd hand, battered and needing an internal battery change. I opened it up and discovered it is fitted with sampling board in tow! Paid 80€! Bargain beats! I like it, very tweakable and lots of fun to be had programming it. The extra outs just give you more, more, more. It came with two cards (basses and latin percs) plus i just ordered a threesome ram card with 808, 909 and simmons drumkits from angelfire. YES!
Keith Canisius
July 21, 2013 @ 5:42 pm
The internal sounds and the electronic card is below cheesy, but there is something quite honest and naiv about this machine. Are the other cards good?
I'm curious about the gated reverb cards!?
January 31, 2013 @ 12:30 am
What a wonderful drum machine. I bought one years ago when they were first released. Did a lot of recording with it on an old 4 track Yamaha cassette recorder. I even used it to dump drum patterns into a Peavy DPM3 through Midi, thereby enabling the Peavy to use all the DDD1 drum patterns for live playing. Those were the days when most of this technology was in it's infancy. Wow, things have changed so much since then. But it was all still kick-butt gear back then. So much fun!
January 17, 2013 @ 2:50 pm
I recently bought an old Korg DDD1 drum machine.
Does anyone know how to get it to run in sync with Logic?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 18 voices
  • Sounds - 18 sampled sounds: 2 Kick, 2 Snare, Low/Mid/Hi Toms, Rimshot, Claps, Crash, 2 Open hihats, 2 Closed hihats, Ride, Cowbell, Tambourine and Cabasa
  • Controls - pitch, dynamics, decay, roll and flam
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 10
  • Keyboard - 14 assignable velocity trigger buttons
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986 - 1987
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