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
Andrew Flinders
March 8, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
Please ignore the stupid Ratings on this website. Whoever writes these reviews and rates these classic synths is an ignorant douche. Good musicians don't spend their time rating -- and trashing -- great vintage musical instruments. Trust Roland and Yamaha...they were not capable of releasing a product in the 80s that was not anything less than amazing.
February 21, 2013 @ 10:39 pm
I think all these cheaper roland drum machines are highly underrated.... Ive got a 707, 505 and now a 626. All you need to bring these machines to life is some reverb (holy grail) and some outboard compression a cheap 100 dollar compressor should do u well (really only the kicks need it!). If anyone watches Boiler Room performances, all drum machines these days are well worth their value if your interested in live performing with out ableton/laptops... Ableton performances are almost always boring with few exemptions. This machine rules! get some pedals you'll see.
November 13, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
Used by Kaoma on their famous "Lambada".
October 23, 2012 @ 8:32 am
Does anyone know where I can find the sticker that goes on top on the Roland TR626, with the presets?
Also, I'm looking for a power supply for a Hear Back 600 MV.
October 8, 2012 @ 11:07 am
CORRECTION: Sounds are AWESOME. Not Drab. Vangelis and Andyroo LOVE TR-626...Blade Runner Shaniqua Positive+=

MESSAGE TO EDITORS: If you Want a Good Repupation, U Should Remove Derogatory and Subjective Comments and just Tell It like it IS. VANGELIS and ANDRYOO LOVE TR-626...Cosmic Orchestra Rhythm Section

ROLAND Agrees With ANDYROO's Brilliant LOVE 4 TR-626

" It is Perhaps Z bEST 80s Rhythm Composer "
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Rated 3.71 (339 Votes)

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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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