Friday, 28 November 2014

Boss DR-550 MkII Dr. Rhythm

Boss DR-550 MkII Dr. Rhythm
This is a great sounding machine Early NIN ???
Nice for techno, rap and industrial. The Mark II model dates from 1992.
The Mark I is from 1990. 
It's small and runs on batteries. A very underrated machine. You can still find these puppies for under $100 on the bay.

She was my old workhorse that I bought back in the 90s.
I used to program beats on this while going to uni lectures via the bus.
....there is automatic quantizing (for when the bus jolted to a sudden stop).

Sadly there is no midi out. There is MIDI sync in so you can hook it up to other sequencers.

There are a number of time signatures ie 4/4 3/4 2/4 etc
The Mark II has pretty much got the whole 808 kit and some 909 sounds.
The samples sound very good (44khz). You can alter their Decay, Color, and Pan.  

For more info on the history of Roland Drum Machines click here

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