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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74 Visitor comments
February 29, 2012 @ 6:02 am
Great sounding little box, owned mine since new way-way-way back.. The most fun is taking the midi out into a sampler and using it as a sequencer
February 16, 2012 @ 9:17 am
so, does it have mono output or stereo (with individual drums already panned)?
November 26, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
I have 2, one circuit bend and one original. since they are dirt cheap, ik actually like syncing them together with a dj mixer overdrive crossfading them.
Also works well for samplers if you're in to that stuff..
November 7, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
I have a TR-909, so I'm pretty familiar with Roland drum machines. With that said, the tool is only as good as the craftsman who holds it in his hand. I get killer sounds with it especially when I start running it through overdrives, ehx knockout, delays, etc.

It is what it is....Are you creative enough to make it cool?
September 25, 2011 @ 7:32 pm
don´t circuit bent machines like that they are to good to be destroyed
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here's a short 505 drum fill & house loop, submitted by Dean Nye.

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  • 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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