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
Alex
August 23, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
I got this also. Most realistic TR you'll get. Tuning down the drum sounds makes a suprisingly good LinnDrum. Not too punchy, though, the 505 has more punch. GREAT machine for cheap, reliable rhythm. Again, WAY better sound than any samples, TRUST me. I had samples of this thing, then bought the machine for cheap and haven't regretted it since.
FOX
June 10, 2010 @ 10:35 am
Why 12 bits? DAC on an output of 8 bits.
Bynoe
January 10, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
Just fished this out of a cupboard. I might not be an analogue monster drum machine, but its sounds are usable and its fun to play.
KitKat
December 23, 2009 @ 8:13 pm
LOL at the difference between the user rating and VSE's rating on all these old drum machines!

-"12 Bit samples of 30 plain old standard drum sounds"

Such objective reporting! ;p
tetracon
December 21, 2009 @ 7:19 am
First of all, the TR-626 really has virtually nothing in common with the TR-606, except for the number 6 in it's model number. It does have quite a few similarities with the TR-505.
Unfortunately one of the nicest features isn't listed in the specifications. The internal sequencer has 5 different shuffle modes.
Another feature is that unlike the TR-606 one can switch between pattern play and pattern edit mode without losing sync, something that is also possible with the TR-505.
Oh and I don't think the drum sounds are boring at all
 
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Rated 3.71 (330 Votes)

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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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