Roland TR-505 Rhythm Composer

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A cheap (budget) drum machine. It features 16 drum tones which unfortunately, are only mediocre samples. Its memory contains 48 patterns and 6 songs. Unlike its TR cousins it does not have individual drum tone outputs. There is no drum tone editing capability either. It does however feature extensive MIDI implementation, even the pads will transmit MIDI data. The 505 works well with a computer and sequencer or as a stand alone drum machine. It is extremely basic and unexciting but does make a good starter or play-along drum machine. Vince Clarke and Aphex Twin has used the 505.

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71 Visitor comments
October 6, 2013 @ 1:34 am
You can Mod this to have individual out puts. There was an article write up years ago.
Andrew Flinders
August 21, 2013 @ 8:42 am
OMG I HATE this website so much. The douche who writes these awful, ignorant reviews makes me so sick. He's not a musician -- he's a sound technician and he has NO idea what he's talking about. TR-505 is an AMAZING drum machine.
August 12, 2013 @ 8:56 am
August 2, 2013 @ 4:20 am
sorry try here
August 2, 2013 @ 4:18 am
what a crap review...look i used one in the early 90's till late 90's and I played black metal stuff,easy to program blast beats,and whatever you want with a few accents,for the day it was the best for a metalhead without a programming degree...check my music at and listen to old black metal tunes of mine..
mines got a black screen now,how do i fix that?
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here's a short 505 drum fill & house loop, submitted by Dean Nye.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices
  • Oscillators - Uses Samples
  • Tones - 16 drum tones: Kick, snare, open/closed hat, hi/mid/low tom, hi/low cowbell, conga, timbale, etc...
  • Patterns - 48 user, 48 preset
  • Songs - 6
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer
  • Keyboard - none
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986

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