Roland TR-626 Rhythm Composer

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The TR-626 is sort of an upgraded digital version of the classic TR-606 and TR-505 Rhythm Composers. This beat-box is still simple but has a few good points that come from its legendary ancestors - the TR-909 and TR-808. Its sounds are pretty drab, they are 12 bit low-quality samples of the most boring acoustic drum sounds around. Fortunately the sounds can be individually tuned and mixed and there are 8 individual outputs for the basic sounds as well as a stereo out. Its sequencer is very basic, coming with 48 preset patterns and 48 user patterns. But it has a simple matrix display similar to that on the TR-505, clearly displaying the current pattern in a graphical layout. The 626 also featured very good MIDI implementation for it's time. It has been used by Vangelis and Jimmy Edgar.

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45 Visitor comments
February 7, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
works great with my juno-6's arpeggiator: i can now midi-sync the arp to my other gear, and the arp follows the patterns! nice.
February 6, 2009 @ 1:35 am
I also think it's pretty boring. So far I have used it to sequence a sound module and make one song. But then the memory got full :(

I'd really like to know the name of the tracks where Vangelis and Jimmy Edgar play a 626. I can't imagine Vangelis programming this thing.
January 3, 2009 @ 11:46 pm
You can also find a manual at:
graheme wilson
December 21, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
I have owned a TR626 from new. I have started to develop some free Linux software to program it from my computer.

That was when I discovered that it contains an extra sound, I would call it a distressed snare. The only way to program the sound is from my (unfinished program).
edward d-tech
December 12, 2008 @ 8:06 pm
TR-626 ir rather boring instrument, very different from any of the "legendary" kind. Too edgy and straight. Was designed as the ultimate budgetary companion for every musican around the globe. :)

Hi, Gabriel,

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    Roland TR-626 Demo
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sounds - 12 Bit samples of 30 plain old standard drum sounds
  • Controls - Individual tuning and level, tempo,
  • Patterns - 48 preset, 48 user
  • Songs - 6 Songs
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer limited to 1/16th note steps
  • Keyboard - 16 drum tone pads
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987
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