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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

Yamaha DD-65 Average sound

Advantages: realistic sounding, set up like a real set
Disadvantages: stick/pad contact noise, stand isnt included

When I first started drumming about 5 years ago, I of course needed a drum set. The only problem was that I lived in an apartment so I couldn't have a real set due to the loudness. I still wanted drums though, so I looked up electronic drum set, and I fou ...

stephrawrr 13.07.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Yamaha DD-65

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

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