Roland CR-8000 CompuRhythm

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Well the sounds are great! Classic electronic drum sounds that hint back to the famous CR-78 and TR-808 drum machines. But none of these sounds are editable and there is only one mono audio output making this machine less of a studio-piece of gear and more of a collector's item. Aside from these limitations it, like other CompuRhythms, has a series of preset patterns in many different styles as well as programmable patterns with 8 storage patches.

While the CR-8000 is usually sampled for today's applications, the thing about the CR-8000 that cannot be captured by sampling the sounds is the swing/groove feel which has its own control knob. The intervals between beats are variable, but also the timbre changes... very nice, especially the hats! It has been used by Fluke, BT, Jimmy Edgar, and Blondie.

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22 Visitor comments
May 16, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

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February 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am
I own this machine for a couple of months now. The hi hats are ok, but I thought the biggest problem is the flat, "underwater" snaredrum. It gets a LOT better if you program your beats and program "accent" on the snare. This gives you the possibility to put a lot of extra volume into it, it sounds way better.
June 15, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
CORRECTION WBTX AND G-Love! The machine in Revenge Of The Nerds was a Roland CR-5000! Watch again and look more closely! And The machine used in Kiss On My List was a CR-78 and the machine used in I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) was a TR-808. Listen to the shaker, the CR-8000 does NOT have that! And the CR-5000 in R.O.T.N. only has ONE row of buttons (no white ones) and NO hand clap auto-arrange button. I DO own this machine and have found its hi-hat to be NOWHERE NEAR as tight and crisp as the 808's and the hand clap, while usable, is thinner and higher-pitched than the 808's. Also, VERY IMPORTANTLY, the closed hi-hat DOES NOT automatically cut off the open hi-hat, which renders this machine outside the dankness of the 606, 707, 808, and 909. The sounds are good, but the 606, 707, 808, and 909 are all better machines for flexibility. Overall, it's a fun machine, but to compare it to an 808 is a disgrace! It's not even CLOSE!
August 4, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
I Happen to own one of these machines, its in fair condition and has been converted to 6 separate outputs, so each of the drums can be fed into a mixer and mixed how ever you want them to sound, great analogue drum sound.
February 20, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
I'm lucky enough to own one of these, and it's great! It's definitely a sound that does not work with all styles, but it's good for electronic rock styles. Especially that cracking clap. The best thing about it is the "arranger" section, where you can introduce preset solo instrument patterns, such as a handclap, on top of what you've already programmed. Particularly useful given that the method of programming can be a bit tedious.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 notes
  • Sounds - 13 analog drums including: kick, snare, toms, open/closed hihats, cymbal, cowbell & congas
  • Controls - start/stop & tempo and individual part level controls
  • Patterns - 8 User + internal presets
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - n/a
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - Roland DIN Sync
  • Date Produced - 1980/81
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