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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.

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.

Beat Box Chic

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | 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.

Beat On The Cheap

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Feb 1984
Budget Beats

A beat on the cheap?

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.

Latin Lessons

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1985

In the wake of the successful TR707, Roland have produced a well-nigh identical machine, loaded with percussive gems of a less predictable nature. Dan Goldstein puts the TR727 through its paces, shortly before emigrating to South America.

Roland Beatboxes

Review | One Two Testing, Jan 1983
Roland TR808, TR606, Dr Rhythm.

Roland CR 5000 and CR 8000 Rhythm Units

Review Audio | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1981

Roland HP300/400, PB300, PR800

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1984

Roland R-8 MKII

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1993
Human Rhythm Composer

Nicholas Rowland examines the successor to Roland’s classic R-8 drum machine and asks: is there life in the old beatbox yet?

Roland R5

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1989
Human Rhythm Composer

Nigel Lord ruminates over the future of the drum machine as he checks out the budget version of Roland's flagship R8 Human Rhythm Composer. To be human or not to be human, that is the question.

Roland R70

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1992
Human Rhythm Composer

Roland's R70, their new top-of-the-range beat box, is the first drum machine to feature on-board digital effects. Ian Steele sits in judgement.

Roland R70 Drum Machine

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1992
Human Rhythm Composer

And the beat goes on - not least with Roland's latest drum machine, the R70. Simon Trask checks the pulse of the company that gave us the TR808, and are now giving it to us again.

Roland R8

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1989
Human Rhythm Composer

Since the days of the TR808, Roland have set standards for many other drum machines; now they're concentrating on the human angle. Simon Trask tests the "Human Rhythm Composer".

Roland R8

Review | Home & Studio Recording, Mar 1989

The new Human Rhythm Composer goes where no TR808 has gone before, into previously uncharted territories of feel and nuance.

Roland R8 Rhythm Composer

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1989

Paul Ireson beats a path to the door of Roland's new flagship drumbox and finds a groovy kind of love.

Roland TR 505 Rhythm Composer

Review | International Musician, May 1986

The widest variety of sampled voices for the least money vet — Tony Reed tries out Roland's latest MIDI drum box

Roland TR-909

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1984
Digital Rhythm Composer

Roland TR505

Review | Making Music, Apr 1986
Drum Machine

Roland TR606

Review Audio | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1982

Roland TR626

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1987
Rhythm Composer

Beat crazy. As yet another drum machine arrives on the market, Nicholas Rowland wonders if it's time to get away from the present format.

Roland TR626

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987
Rhythm Composer

The TR505 was a runaway success at the budget end of the market, but it lacked one important ingredient - separate voice outputs. The TR626 rectifies the matter whilst offering even more features - 30 PCM drum/percussion sounds, 8-note polyphony, sync-to-tape, and MIDI control of nearly all its parameters. Mark Badger investigates.

Roland TR707

Review | One Two Testing, Feb 1985

mid tech drum machine triumph

Roland TR707

Review | Home & Studio Recording, Sep 1985

A digital rhythm machine ideally suited to life in the studio.

Roland TR707

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1984
Digital Rhythm Composer

What the world has been waiting for - Roland's first-ever digital drum machine. Exclusive review by Dan Goldstein.



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