Korg Rhythm 55 (KR-55 & KR-55B)

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The KR55 was, for its time (1979), an advanced preset rhythm drum machine with up to 96 preset rhythm patterns! These patterns cover the whole gamut of presets (Waltz, Samba, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Slow Rock, Swing, Rock, etc.). The KR55 also featured a "swing beat" control to add a variation to the groove. Each drum sound's level can be individually adjusted for each pattern. It can also be externally controlled via footswitch jack for the Start/Stop and Intro/Fill switches. The KR55B was a black-chassis version released a few years later in 1982 with twice as many rhythm patterns. It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Trio and Depeche Mode.

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Tony Flagg
June 5, 2010 @ 4:43 pm
Ya'll missed the most prominent appearance. Joe Jackson recorded an entire album, "Night and Day", with this box. It can be heard unmistakenly on his biggest hit ever, "Stepping out".
Hall & Oates
June 25, 2009 @ 3:50 am
Tony, are you sure it wasn't "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"?
tony cromie
June 24, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
also used by hall & oats..on private eyes.
Jake Five
June 10, 2009 @ 10:20 pm
Some other groups that used this fantastic machine:

Tara Cross
Absolute Body Control
DO-PO
Steve Fisk
Three To Forgotten
Burlesque
Psychic Youth
Sauveur Mallia
Systematics
Metal Y Ca
Petticoats
Lunapark
Analogue Crazy
January 17, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
Depeche Mode used a KR-55 for the drums on the 'Some Bizzare' version of 'Photographic'. Very distinctive sounding drum machine, with its mettalic sounding hi-hats.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Sounds - 12 Tones: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, HiHat x 2, Cymbal, Low Conga, High Conga, Rim Shot, Claves, Cowbell, Tom Tom x 2
  • Patterns - KR55 - 48 Rhythm patterns: Waltz, Jazz Waltz, Rock, Ballad x 3, 5/4 Beat x 3, Mambo, Rumba, Beguine, Pops x 3, Rock x 12, Disco x 6, Foxtrot, Shuffle, March, Swing x3, Bossanova x3, Chacha, Samba, Afro, Enka, Tango, Habanera
    16 Intro Rhythms
    16 Fill-In Rhythms
    KR-55B - 96 Rhythm patterns
  • Controls - Level for each Drum Sound, Tempo, Swing Beat, Start/Stop, Intro/Fill
  • Keyboard - None
  • Effects - None
  • Control - Start/Stop and Intro/Fill functions triggered by external footswitch
  • Date Produced - 1979 - mid-eighties

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