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
March 11, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
Vangelis also used one in the 80's
February 26, 2012 @ 3:02 pm
Bought this from a friend, costed me $200. Found it hard to program at first. After leaving alone for months & got back to it again wit less concentration, I found it easier to edit a pattern.
January 10, 2012 @ 10:08 am
I'm tired of people thinking that Hall & Oates used this machine on any of their records.
The machine used on "No can do", "Kiss on my list", & "Private eyes" was the CR-78, pattern "rock 2/variation B".

the machine used on "One on one" was a TR-808.

At no point did Hall & Oates use the cr-8000.

btw-It's a great machine! Very much a "poor man's 808"
senor v
June 14, 2011 @ 9:41 am
Also the drum machine 'featured' in Revenge of the Nerds during the ending talent show. Wouldn't mind having a strap version of this myself!
May 25, 2011 @ 8:13 am
CORRECTION @ Jesse: the drum machine on I Can't Go For That actually WAS a CR-78 as stated by Daryl Hall himself. He composed that track as well as Private Eyes and Kiss On My List using that drum machine.
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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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