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
Entresol Music
February 24, 2012 @ 1:44 am
Entresol uses and recorded his whole first Ep with this beautiful drum machine. The kick is just amazing after a nice compression.


much love ;)
January 30, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
Does annyone knows where i can find rom cards?
I just bought one and i love the sounds, specially the clap, if you layer it on the snare it actually sounds great! The snare has lots of body and the kick is very 80's.
The rimshots [beep] s but the cowbell is good .

Please pm me if you know where to find rom cards.
dJ dAb
January 6, 2012 @ 9:17 pm
Just picked up one today for $75. It came with four cards (gate reverb 1, gate reverb 2, gate reverb 3 and electronic drums 1). And, best of all, I get it home and find out it has the sample board! Score!
September 7, 2011 @ 8:11 pm
I got this with 4 memory cards (Rock 2, Latin 1, E-Drums 1 and Jazz 1) on ebay for $119. The PDF manual that's circulating online is of really poor quality, so I'm learning how to use this thing through trial and error. It has very nice 80's drum and clap sounds!
August 18, 2011 @ 5:32 pm
Neon Judgment used this alot
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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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