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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 as a travelling drum machine it is well suited, as it will pump out good authentic sounds for the travelling musician to use. It is also quite good in studio production, but nowadays can't be the no. 1 choice of a producer/musician. It has just 3 snares, and only one of them is suited for todays music. The 2 other's are too 80's to be fashionable. There is a nice smooth rim shot that is quite useful, as well as a classic hand clap (probably the first one to be sampled!)
It has quite a good control system, good at changing the pitch, volume, shuffle, and other good features. You can use midi connections to which is useful.
It is quite reasonably priced so it can be recommended for someone wanted a mid range machine to start with
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Well the 626 does have plently of latin percussion amongst the usual, but not too sure if thats what you mean. Thanks all for the positive feedback.
crustypaul 27.03.2001 19:11
Was the 626 the latin percussion version of the 606 or am i thinking of something else? In reference to your comment on my 909 opinion, i've been using Rebirth ever since getting a crack for the first demo version on a Future Music CD and i've done an opinion on it in the software section. I'm not totally convinced about the 909 emulation but the 303's are blinding. Cheers :)
poet831 27.03.2001 14:51
I rated this simply as helpful as I know nothing about drums (or drum machines!)and if I wanted to, this looks like a good place to begin. Seems like a good piece of writing. I don't know whether others who are interested in this instrument might find this fully informative, or lacking in some way. I guess that depends on their knowledge. Keep on writing!