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A Runway Success

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jan 1985

Is what Roland's TR707 digital drum machine is set to become. Great sounds, great facilities... and a great price.

Akai MPC60

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.

Akai XE8 Drum Box

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

Remove the sequencing facilities from your drum machine and what do you get? A damned good idea for a new product that's what! Paul Ireson checks out Akai's 16-bit sampled drum box - the perfect companion for your sequencer.

Akai XE8 MIDI Drum Expander

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1989

As the sequencer comes of age, the role of the drum machine is brought into question: why have a sequencer in your drum box if there's already one in your computer? Simon Trask investigates what may be the next step for the beat box.

Akai XR10

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.

Alesis D4 Drum Module

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1992
Drum Expander

Your drum machine used to dictate the sound of your music - but the variety of sounds in Alesis' drum expander gives you back your freedom. Tim Goodyer says everything starts with a D.

Alesis HR-16 Drum Machine

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.

Alesis HR16

Review | Micro Music, Apr/May 1989

Richard Fowler passes on a few hints and tips tor Alesis HR16 owners

Alesis HR16 Drum Machine

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.

Alesis HR16 Drum Machine & MMT8 MIDI Recorder

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.

Alesis SR16

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1990
The Dynamic Beatbox

You just can't argue with a drum machine offering 233 16-bit sounds, two stereo outputs, 16-voice polyphony and a mammoth memory all for £299 — unless perhaps you're a busker, as Kendall Wrightson discovers.

Alesis SR16

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1991
Drum Machine

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.

Beat Box

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Sep 1985
Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit

Korg’s MIDI percussion module

Beat Box

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986

Ian Gilby casts his eyes and ears over Roland's new budget-priced rhythm composer, the TR505.

Boss Dr Rhythm DR550

Review | Music Technology, May 1990
Drum Machine

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.

Boss DR550 MkII & DR660 Drum Machines

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1992
Boss Dr Rhythms

Two new Doctors, but will they make you feel good?

Carry On Doctor!

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.

Casio Digital Sampling Rhythm Composer RZ-1

Review | International Musician, Apr 1986
Rhythmcheck

An invention to make Bob Henrit's digital 'jogging' watch obsolete

Casio RZ1

Review | In Tune, Oct 1986
Digital Sampling Rhythm Composer

Cheetah MD16

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1991
Drum Machine

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.

Cheetah MD16 Sound Cartridges

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1992

Cheetah MD16R & MD16RP

Review | Music Technology, May 1992
Drum Modules

Repackaging a powerful and popular drum machine as a rackmount and adding drum triggers is sure to attract more interest to it. Nigel Lord explores the new Cheetah MD16.

Cheetah MD8

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.

Cheetah MD8 Digital Drum Machine

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.

Drumatix Goes Digital

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986
Roland TR505

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.

 

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