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
November 23, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
The Drumtraks has got the same CEM3320 24db chip inside of it like the Oberheim DMX does. So even though it has 8-bit PCM samples the sounds goes through a 24db analog filter. Watch out for keypad and memory problems if you want one. I had programmed 50 phatt, unbelievable beats in memory on mine, turned it on one day and they were all gone! Man I was sad. The keypad also reminds me of telephones from the 80s. If the > cursor key goes out, you won't be able to program songs or quantization! Definetly sending mine to Wine Country very soon, I love this drum machine and would recommend it for old school drum machine fans.
September 11, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
To correct MIDIGuru's last comment..Each of the early digital drummachines have their own sonic signatures. If you were to place a Linn LM-1 kick chip into a Oberheim DMX for example it WILL NOT sound the same as the kick in the LM-1 due to the differences in the sound-circuits (DAC etc).
July 26, 2010 @ 7:42 pm
Prince has used the Drumtraks on pretty much every song on his new album....what a lazy bugger!
The MIDIGuru
June 23, 2010 @ 12:55 pm
If they are the same chips they WILL sound the same regardless of which machine you place them in. If i blow the sound of a bass drum on a chip, it will sound the same on all machines.
Clint Beastwood
October 15, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
"I am sorry to laugh" MIDIguru, but the fact that the SCI Drumtraks and DMX use the same eprom chips has literally nothing to do with them sounding similar. The same eproms were also used in the Linndrum LM-1 and LM-2, the Sakata DPM-48, Oberheim DX, and the E-MU Drumulator. Any difference in sound is based on the samples and sound-circuits utilized in each drum machine. The Oberheim prommer simply provided a way to rewrite ANY eprom.
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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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