Roland R-70 Human Rhythm Composer

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The R-70 is a full sized and very popular all purpose drum machine. Sounds are based on digital sample-playback drums which are all very good sounding and usually convincing. The R-70 features up to 210 drum sounds, total, covering various forms of Rock, Jazz, Electronic, and Ethnic kits.

The R-70 is highly programmable. It can hold 100 patterns which can be created in realtime or step input. Patterns can be chained into songs, 20 maximum. Many advanced editing functions for a drum machine are used in its pattern and song sequencers. It also has a unique positional pad which allows you to assign any sound to it. It is a big pad that changes its sound depending on where it's hit. The R-70 has been used by Nine Inch Nails and the Pet Shop Boys.

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13 Visitor comments
March 25, 2011 @ 12:22 pm don't have a clue,I have both...the sound of R 70 is much fater and clean,the DR 660 it's a toy...believe me,and I even have R 8-R8MKII...,the new one DR880 sound with no body at all,I use them live,with 8000 W,So I know what Im talking about...
May 17, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
Extremelly beautiful an powerful machine. This beauty has a strong soul, full of versatile sounds (808/909... even the synth bass is great!) It would be a little more easy functioning? Yeah, but... I don't care: the sound and posibilities are AWESOME. If you see one of this... don't let it go away... Why Trent is so crazy about rythm? Beacause of it!
July 6, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
I had one of these but I wasn't really impressed with it. I got more use out of my Boss DR 660.
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  • Specifications
  • Tones - 210 Drum Sounds via Sample-Playback ROM
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 20
  • Effects - Reverb, Flanger, Delay, Chorus
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1992

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