Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Jan 1985
Is what Roland's TR707 digital drum machine is set to become. Great sounds, great facilities... and a great price.
Review | Music Technology, Apr 1988
From the ashes of the ill-fated Linn 9000, Roger Linn and Akai have brought forth the MPC60. Simon Trask takes a look at this powerful drum machine and sequencer.
Review | Music Technology, Jun 1990
Akai's latest drum machine attempts to combine the best of programmable and preset rhythm units. Simon Trask assesses this marketing strategy while listening to some dope drum sounds.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988
A CD standard 16-bit drum machine? Things have progressed a little from those 8-bit Linn Drum days, passing through 12-bit standards on the way, and now reaching the ultimate level in consumer digital fidelity. Whether excellence or overkill, Alesis have gone the whole way with the HR-16. David Mellor gives it the long-awaited ear test.
Review | Micro Music, Apr/May 1989
Richard Fowler passes on a few hints and tips tor Alesis HR16 owners
Review | Music Technology, Mar 1988
A drum machine that sounds more like a drum kit than anything Ludwig ever made? True or not, Alesis' beat box is going to find its way into a lot of recording studios. Nicholas Rowland returns to his roots.
Review | Music Technology, Sep 1987
Following the success of the MIDIverb, Alesis have ventured into the realms of drum machines and sequencers. Bob O'Donnell lends an ear and discovers that economy doesn't necessarily mean compromise.
Review | Music Technology, Feb 1991
With more machines appearing every month, there's no denying that it's boom-time for the beatbox. Simon Trask rocks to the rhythm of this latest offering from Alesis.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1983
Programmable Rhythm unit with 16 Rhythms and 4 Voices
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Ian Gilby casts his eyes and ears over Roland's new budget-priced rhythm composer, the TR505.
Retrospective (Gear) | Music Technology, Nov 1986
Digital drum machines may rule the waves in the R&D labs, but one obsolete analogue device is still the record producers' first choice. Tim Goodyer dissects the appeal of Roland's classic TR808.
Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Feb 1984
A beat on the cheap?
Review | Music Technology, May 1990
The latest in Boss' Dr Rhythm series drum machines sees affordability crossed with the sort of quality reserved for Roland's R8 flagship. Simon Trask asks if you can beat it.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1984
Review | Music Technology, Oct 1992
Boss Dr Rhythms
Two new Doctors, but will they make you feel good?
Review | Sound On Sound, May 1990
Boss DR550 Dr. Rhythm
In 1980, the original boss DR55 Dr. Rhythm gave many people their first introduction to programmable drum machines. In 1990, the new DR550 is set to make musicians on a tight budget equally happy by providing their first taste of excellent 16-bit sampled drum sounds. Paul Ireson beats a path to his local music store's door.
Review | International Musician & Recording World, Apr 1986
An invention to make Bob Henrit's digital 'jogging' watch obsolete
Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Aug/Sep 1984
Programmable Rhythm SR99
The EDC SR99 beat box
Review | Music Technology, Mar 1991
Possibly the most requested review in recent years, Cheetah's MD16 drum machine is finally here and ready for inspection. Simon Trask gives it a good beating.
Review | Music Technology, Nov 1992
Review | Music Technology, May 1988
Digital Drum Machine
Competition is fierce in the budget drum machine arena. Nicholas Rowland takes a look at the British answer to the Japanese and American machines that have been in the limelight recently.
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1988
With features like stereo, mono and separate outputs for external processing, real-time and step-time programming, MIDI compatibility, and interchangeable drum sounds, the budget-priced MD8 should theoretically cost a lot more than it does. Tony Wride sees if it lives up to expectations.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986
Roland find another home for some 707/727 drum voices, and come up with a digital successor to the Drumatix. Trevor Gilchrist waxes lyrical on the best budget drum machine yet.
Review | One Two Testing, Jan 1983
Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986
Korg's latest (and some might say greatest) drum machine takes a heavy pounding from Mark Jenkins. But does it survive the assault? Read on to find out...