Sequential Circuits DrumTraks

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The DrumTraks is a very programmable classic drum machine from the eighties. While its electronic drum kit sounds may not be as popular today as the TR-909 or TR-808, the DrumTraks exceeds them with superior editing capabilities. Thirteen drum sounds all with programmable tuning and level control. Extensive editing with copy and paste ability. There's even a mixer section for individual sounds, six individual outputs, one mono mix output, and cassette in/out for offline memory storage.

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Pretty basic and easy programming, record a couple patterns and link them into a song. The DrumTraks can output a 24PPQN clock signal and is also fully MIDI capable. This makes it very easy to use with old analogs and new MIDI synths and sequencers. If your looking for classic eighties electro beats and the vintage instrument that generates them then look no further than the DrumTraks. It is used by Orbital, Freddy Fresh, and Prince.

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26 Visitor comments
The MIDIGuru
September 27, 2009 @ 9:06 pm
Oh, btw. The reason it sounds so much like the DMX - They use the same EPROM chips!
The MIDIGuru
September 27, 2009 @ 8:57 pm
I am sorry to laugh. The Drumtraks machine is able to play samples (made with Oberheim EPROM Blower). This means that you have no way of knowing when you are hearing this marvelous instrument.
September 22, 2009 @ 2:51 am
Tiga uses this as well
in Luxury
July 15, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
It's debateable whether or not Prince used a DrumTraks - I've never seen anything conclusive - mostly he used the Linn LM-1 and a Fairlight. The DrumTraks samples are also suspicously similar to the Oberheim DMX, which is an easier machine to programme. It's also irritatingly unintuitive to programme pitch and dynamics into the DrumTraks, although the sounds are good, and it's quite a versatile machine.
June 15, 2009 @ 5:26 pm
Moonboy - an Oberheim DMX was used by The Sisters Of Mercy on their "First And Last And Always" album, not a Sequential Drumtraks. See:
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices
  • Sounds - 13 tones: kick, snare, toms, hi-hats and cymbals
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 100 (3300 note capacity)
  • Keyboard - 13 Trigger Buttons
  • Effects - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT, Run/Stop and Next/Repeat Foot switches, Click IN/OUT
  • Date Produced - 1984
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