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
December 7, 2011 @ 11:42 pm
@Kevin: You need to add a MIDI interface to the SH101 and make sure the Drumtraks has the latest operating version 5. Also 'enable pads out MIDI' which is in the manual. Hope that helps.
October 17, 2011 @ 11:04 pm
1) Can you use it to sync a Roland SH 101 synth? 2) Could you use the midi for your DAW and then sync to the Roland SH 101, which would create an interface for your DAW and SH 101?
May 29, 2011 @ 12:16 pm
Does anyone know if this has a trigger-out function at all, similar to the Roland TR's rim-shot activated trigger out function?
Dr Sanchez
May 19, 2011 @ 12:24 pm
This is my favorite drummachine. It sounds warm, a bit muffled and has very nice sluggish feel in the timing. The bassdrum is nice'n punchy. The youtube videos don't do it justice, you'll have to hear it live to know what I'm talking about. Secret tip: remove eprom chips from the crash and ride to shorten the decay!
May 14, 2011 @ 1:06 am
Check it out, a new Drumtraks video:
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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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