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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.
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 | 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.
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.
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 | Music Technology, Feb 1992
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.
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 | 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.
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, Jun 1985
An all-British sound-sampling and drum-synthesising MIDI percussion machine with built-in sequencer gets an exclusive preview courtesy of David Ellis - there's even comment from the designers.
Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Sep 1985
Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit
Korg’s MIDI percussion module
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Ian Gilby casts his eyes and ears over Roland's new budget-priced rhythm composer, the TR505.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1986
Casio RZ1 Sampling Drum Machine
Fancy an Emulator SP12 for £350? Casio have something approaching it in the new RZ1, the world's first 'affordable' digital drum box with onboard sampling facilities. Dan Goldstein says nevermind the quality...
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 | Sound On Sound, Aug 1992
Two years after the launch of the original Boss DR550 drum machine, a mere £26 extra buys you a DR550 MKII with almost twice the number of sounds. Derek Johnson approves.
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, Apr 1986
An invention to make Bob Henrit's digital 'jogging' watch obsolete
Review | In Tune, Jul 1986
Digital Sampling Rhythm Composer
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 1992
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.