Roland R-70

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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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Demos & Media

Roland R-70 Human Rhythm Composer factory sound demo
Aamir Ashraf
Roland R-70 Part 1/3 Demo by Paul Leishmann of Electronic Pop Artist Anjelicas Baby
ManualRoland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.


Tones - 210 Drum Sounds via Sample-Playback ROM
Patterns - 100
Songs - 20
Effects - Reverb, Flanger, Delay, Chorus
Keyboard - None
Control - MIDI
Date Produced - 1992