Saturday, 15 November 2014

Korg Drum Machines - The Timeline


The history of electronic drum machines & the name Korg are today closely interwoven.

Tsutomu Kato, Korg's (Keio's) founder will forever be remembered as one of the world's great music entrepreneurs. His very first product in 1963 was also one of the worlds first ever drum machines. He built it to replace a friend's (Tadashi Osanai) aging Wurlitzer Sideman. I wonder if Kato and Osanai had any idea where this would all lead.

That first drum had the rather long winded name the "Keio Gijyutu Kenkyujo DA20 DoncaMatic Disk Rotary Electric Auto Rhythm Machine". The name "Donca"  it's said,
came from the sound it made. Anyway, I'll call it the DA20.

Earlier drum machines used loops of tape (like in a Mellotron) to produce the drum sounds.
The DA20 instead utilized individual electronic voice circuits & used a rotating disc (like the Wurlitzer Sideman) to make the contacts needed to produce the drum sounds. The DA20 also
boasted built in amplifers & speakers..

1963
+DA20 DoncaMatic rhythm machine.

This is on display on the ground floor of Korg's Tokyo office.
The glass front is of course a later addition to show the inside.
I can see lots of valves. :-)

Here is a link to the DA20 in action.


1966

+DC11 DoncaMatic rhythm machine.
+DE11 DoncaMatic rhythm machine.
+DE20 DoncaMatic rhythm machine.

+KEIO DONCAMATIC MINI POPS - the 1st MP ???
+Keio Donca Matic MP5 Mini Pops rhythm machine
+MP7 Mini Pops rhythm machine.
+KEIO ROCKMATE Donca Matic  (portable drum synthesizer)


Here is a link to a video of  KORG's second ever DE20
I will probably never see or her one of these in the flesh so here is the next best thing




1967
+++MP3 rhythm machine.(UniVox SR-55)



The Korg MiniPops 3 was also sold under the name Univox SR-55.

1971
+MP20S rhythm machine.


1972
+++MP Junior rhythm machine.


1976
+++Mini Pops MP35 rhythm machine.
+++ Mini Pops MP 45 Rhythm Machine,
+++Mini Pops MP120 rhythm machine.
+++Korg SR-120 rhythm machine.




MP35 (1976)
1979
+++KR33 rhythm machine.
+++KR55 rhythm machine.



1982
+KR55B rhythm machine.

1983
+KPR77 programmable rhythm machine.
('Korg Programmable Rhythmer')  

1984
+Korg "Super Section" PSS-50

1985
++++MR16 MIDI rhythm unit.
++++DDM110 rhythm machine.
++++DDM220 rhythm machine.





1986
+Korg DDD-1: Sampling drum machine

1987
+++ KORG DDD-5 Dynamic Digital Drum
+++ Korg PSS60 programmable super section.
+++ DRM1 digital rhythm module (1U rackmount) 


1991
Korg S3 -  Rhythm Workstation

1994
+Korg WAVEDRUM WD-1

1999
+Korg Electribe:

2006
+Korg PadKontrol drum-trigger style MIDI controller.

 Korg PadKontrol midi controller (2006)

2008
+Korg DS-10 - Music program for the Nintendo DS.
This is probably Korg's first attempt to make the MS10 accessible to the masses. It included a drum machine.

 
Korg/Nintendo DS10 (2008)

2010
+Korg iElectribe - A touch screen version of the KORG Electribe made for Apple's iPad.

 The iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition (2010)

2011
+Korg Wavedrum Oriental - A middle-eastern, Arabian styled version of the Wavedrum.
+Korg Monotribe

Korg MonoTribe (2011)

 +Korg Wavedrum Mini

 Korg Wave Drum Mini (2011)
2013
+Korg Wavedrum Global Edition
+Korg Volca Series

2014 
+Korg electribe [sampler] - A music production station.
+Korg volca sample - A digital sample sequencer.

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  2. Interesting page, helped me to date some old recordings. I remembered what drum machine I used, and that it was the newest thing out. Looking here, I was able to get the year. Thanks!

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