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
January 16, 2013 @ 6:46 am
The Clap sounds really nice on the high frequencies and tweaking the pitch on layers can get you right back to the disco. Recording with it is nice and easy + Adding some heavy effects on it will assure you unique grooves.
Bangthebox Paris
September 11, 2012 @ 10:19 am
This is a really underrated drumbox. To be considered as a Tr707 alternative, the kick is good but the Snare sounds better ! Not to mention the toms also, with the decay and tuning, this korg DDD1 is more than an outsider.
Alex Crowley
July 16, 2012 @ 8:17 pm
as far as the sounds they [beep] this was my go to box since day one on the market and now I use it to work Damage, Komplete 8,... and control Acid 7 Do Not make light of this machine !!its a far better controler then Mashine !!!
June 20, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
I've got the DRM-1 (not listed here) which is the rack version: same sounds, same cards, and adds a trigger to MIDI function, along with individual outs. Sounds are classic Korg 12 bit; short, slightly grainy and cool. I've got some 9 cards for it-some are better than others, but all add value. As time marched on and more and more (and better) drum sounds became available, it became my monster snare machine-stacked, detuned, panned up to 8 sounds to create huge snares-still love it for that. Doesn't compare to my S3-another strange omission from here. Good 12 bit bread and butter drum sounds.
February 26, 2012 @ 9:26 am
Had one in late 90's, I bought because I thought it had the sampling option. I ended up giving that one away to a friend to trigger his Drumfire analog module. About 10 years later I got another, and then got 2 cards - E-Drums 1 and Snare Drums 2. I really cherish this thing. Pitch, decay, level, indie outs, assignable pads, weird sequencer. I like to layer it with a Korg ER-1 to add some snappy transients/body.

The sampling board is very rare - every once in a while it comes up on ebay for more $ than a DDD-1 itself.

I have used it for darkstep, hip-hop, EBM, italo disco, you name it.
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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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