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Handy but dull

Advantages: cheap, easy to use
Disadvantages: no effects limited sound editing, dull sounds

The Alesis SR-16 holds the title of the best selling drum machine of all time and some would say with good reason. The sound quality that this machine can produce is excellent but the drawback is that the 230 odd sounds contained within the unit are unifo ...

crustypaul 19.12.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Alesis SR-16

Roland Drums... my pride and joy!

Advantages: Great authentic sounds, feels like playing real drums
Disadvantages: knowing that if you had £5000 you could get a much better one

I brought my Roland V Drums about a year and a half ago. I love them to bits. At the time, i couldnt afford them at all. However I played on a kit in a music shop and fell in love with them. I immediately promised myself to get a job and save up to get o ...

priesty8899 20.01.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Roland V Drums TD 8

A swift kick to the brain

Advantages: That kickdrum, Oh Yes! Classic sounds that never sample as well as the real thing
Disadvantages: Very expensive, £900ish

Along with the Roland TB303 the TR909 is the machine that is responsible for the existence of techno as we know it. The TR909 was released at a time when most drum machines were starting to use digital samples as the basis for their sounds and as a result ...

crustypaul 18.12.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Roland TR-909

Good Rhythm

Advantages: Realistic drum sounds, inexpensive, can synchronise with MIDI equipment
Disadvantages: Expandability limited to user defined patterns

The Zoom RhythmTrack RT-123 is a good quality and fairly inexpensive (about £120) drum machine. Aesthetically it looks good, with a very compact body (dimensions are 20cm * 25cm), and the unit has a hard, transparent blue casing. It can produce backin ...

heneghan 16.01.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Zoom Rhythmtrack RT-123

the 626

Advantages: Good early digital drum machine, with good good sampled sounds
Disadvantages: Doesn't have up to the minute 'hip' sounds

...After the 909, which is the most popular drum machine around (despite not being in production no more), roland released the 626 around '87, as a first digital machine that uses sampled sounds of drums as opposed to the analogue of yesteryear. For uses ...

joey_rza 27.03.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Roland TR-626