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 12, 2013 @ 9:21 am
I actually got it in a trade and wanted to sell it and help fund a new esx Electribe but now that I've tested it I won't let it go, the R70 and an electribe and I'm set.
I'm starting to dig this machine, I think it sounds so classy and it would worth having it as a controller alone.
March 12, 2013 @ 8:51 am
Often overlooked in favour of it's little sister R-8, this machine not only sounds classy and is so good for any given electronic type of rythms, it also sports nicer touch pads than the blue MPC1000, black MPC500 and Korg M3 I owned and way nicer response to velocity. Not to mention the unique "positional pad".
4 fully asignable outputs are welcomed (8 would be terrific).
909 & 808 kicks are second to no one as well as almost every synth drum sound (wich are many) and most of the accoustic drums included in this machine. Mind you, I'm talking electronic rythms.
It's a 10 for 200€
January 23, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
hi check this factory sound demo of the Roland R-70
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good luck!
June 6, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
R-70 has the most amazing handclaps I've ever heard.
October 21, 2011 @ 4:44 am
Well, I own a R5 which I started with, a R8M and now also an R70. I agree with mauro, the DR-Series drumcomputer from Boss are toys, mostly aimed towards guitarists who need a rhytm track. A little easier to use, but limited in sound and programmabilty.
The sounds of all three Rolands is fat, has got punch and fits perfectly into mixes. Compared the DR sounds thin. I also need multiple outs for my drums. But all three Rolands also sound similar, the R5 and R8 have different kits, both of which you can find again on the R70 plus some of the R8's cards sounds.
Cool devices all of them.
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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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