How To Program the Roland TR-606

Part I - Clearing & Choosing A Pattern
Part II - Set Bar Length
Part III - Placing Drum Tones


Part I - Clearing & Choosing A Pattern

Turn the MODE dial to PATTERN WRITE. This engages the step-record mode so you can begin entering the pattern. (You should only use PATTERN WRITE or TRACK WRITE modes during editing and creating new patterns. Remember to switch back to PATTERN PLAY or TRACK PLAY when you are finished editing.)

Choose a location in which to store the pattern from one of the 16 buttons.

There is an additional set of 16 patterns in group II which is selected from the PATTERN GROUP button below the volume knob. This effectively gives you 32 pattern memory locations.

To clear the memory location, hold down the PATTERN CLEAR button and the pattern's button location simultaneously.

Hit RUN/STOP to make sure you hear nothing play.


Part II - Set Bar Length

Now choose a SCALE: #1=Average speed, #2=Fast speed, #3=Average triplets, #4=Fast triplets.

Hit RUN/STOP to begin playing the empty pattern. We now need to select where our bar will end and this will also determine the time signature.

Hold down the FUNCTION button. Any solid LEDs that appear will be showing you the downbeats of the bar. While holding down the FUNCTION key select the last step of the bar. For example, let's create a bar that is 8 steps long. This means that we will hold down FUNCTION and then press the button #8. This will give us a 2/4 measure. As the machine continues to play an empty pattern, you should see that the LED's are moving across buttons 1 through 8. You could choose any of the 16 buttons to be the last step in your measure, which is how you can achieve other time signatures like 3/4, 5/8, etc...


Part III - Placing Drum Tones

Now let's enter some drums. Select a drum tone from the INSTRUMENT dial. Now you must look at the 8 keys as a map (of 16th notes) onto which we will place our drums. Let's first select the BD or kick drum.

Lets put it on the downbeats of 1 (button 1) and 2 (button 5) in our 2/4 bar. All you need to do is press button #1, and button #5. They will light up solid and our kick drum will occur at those points. To remove the kick drum from these points, simply press button #1 and button #5 again, and the solid LED will go away as well as the drum tone. To add other sounds switch the INSTRUMENT dial to the other drum tones and continue to enter them in the same way.

NOTE: The pattern must be running when you enter any drum tones, set the time signature, and bar length info.

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