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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24 Visitor comments
March 8, 2012 @ 10:09 am
I just got one today ( the 1979 model ), and it cost me 4 euro ( yes "4" euro !!!) the guy clearly didn't knew what he was selling ! this machine is realy awesome !
January 23, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
I bought one new in 1981 and as well as being in a band went out as a duo and earned good money with what then was a damn good drum machine with start/stop as well as fills, all controlled with footpedals. Some of the beats and sounds were cheesy but i never regret buying mine. It also had intros to start a song. Have just bought a Alesis sr18, should be fun.
Frank Moreno
November 29, 2011 @ 1:17 am
Hey guys I own a Korg rythm KR-55 Like new in its original box with the serial number clearly posted and the original 1979 wire still in tact. This machine is awesome and I love Depache Mode and you can hear this machine clearly in some of my favorite songs. write me at singersongwriter4@gmail.com
November 17, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
my husband has a korg 55 rhythm unit and he now has decided he needs foot pdel(on/off switch) can any one sell or tell us where we can buy this
November 5, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
Depeche Mode used this on their debut album (Just Can't Get Enough etc.) and Fad Gadget used it a lot so I'm guessing Dan Miller owned one!
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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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