Korg DDD-5

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The DDD-5 is a digital programmable drum machine from Korg from the mid-eighties. It was a newer but less professional version of the DDD-1. It offers 14 electronic drum sounds at once with a typical mid-eighties electronic drum sound that is not too popular today. In fact today the DDD-5 may be used more often as a trusty old play along drum machine for practicing musicians. Basic sounds include 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, compatible with the DDD-1. The DDD-5 does not include the sampling option that was available on the DDD-1. And there are only seven assignable Dynamic Sound buttons for triggering drum sounds.

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Programming the DDD-5 is fairly straight forward. Memory holds 100 patterns which can be linked or chained to form songs, for which there are 24 song memory locations. The drum sounds have editable parameters such as tuning and decay. For added groove in your patterns there are Roll and Flam effects. The DDD-5 is equipped with MIDI implementation making it an easy drum machine to use in any MIDI environment. If you like typical eighties drum sounds, the DDD-5 is a cheap alternative to the DDD-1 and other similar drum machines like the Roland TR-707.

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14 Visitor comments
October 18, 2011 @ 1:38 pm
Sweet little machine. I bought it as a company for Korg ESX-1 since I wanted something for finger drumming.
Pads are great. Very responsive, good velocity control, large and well spaced. I never tried MPC but this works great, I play it David Haynes style and it's a lot of fun.
Build quality is decent. Heavy duty plastic and it's still working after all this years.
I didn't expect much from the sounds but they are quite nice.
Very LoFi, heavy compressed and aggressive, similar to Lindrumm/DMX. Great for oldschool HipHop and New Wave (think Beastie Boys/Gorillaz/Garry Neuman)
September 25, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
I had one of these years ago and i sold it, wish I had not done that, It would be great to find another one, Thanks
June 9, 2011 @ 9:27 pm
The clap alone justifies to buy a DDD-5 or DDD-1.Snare and kick are punchy too.Sort of the poor man's Linn or Oberheim drum machine.Love 'em.
December 1, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
Hey john looking for a ddd-5 battery where did you get yours from?
October 23, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
I had a ddd5. I wish I hadn't sold it. I used it in conjunction with a kawai r50 and came up with some really cool tracks. I also had a roland tr808 and sequential circuits drumtraks. Layering up patterns from different machines had amazing results because they all had their unique sounds. Now i use soft synths but I kind of miss the old programming ways. I just can't seem to get crazy artistic the same way... perhaps I'm getting older and I don't imbibe in the types of benedictions that probably had the influences on my perceptions?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 (14) 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 - decay, tuning and more
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 24
  • Keyboard - 7 velocity sensitive pads
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987
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