Sunday, 31 May 2015

Roland CR-1000 Drum Machine (Digital Drummer)

This drum came out in 1986.
It was the second last in a long line of Roland drum machines which bear the CR (Computer Rhythm) title.
Roland started the CR range in 1978 with the CR-68 (Human Rhythm Player.)
Then followed the  CR-78 CompuRhythm & CR-800.
In 1981 Roland came out with the CR-5000 Compurhythm & CR-8000 CompuRhythm.
In 1991, the line ended with the  CR80 Human Rhythm Player.

 The Digital drummer is a preset rhythm machine featuring 16 digital sound sources. These are PCM sounds and they cover both the standard drum kit and some latin percussion.
The tempo is adjustable from 40 to 240 beats per minute  Accent level and shuffle time are also adjustable and can be stored into each pattern.
 The sounds are BD,Snare/Rim/HC, Timbale/TT, Cymbal/HH, Conga, Claves/CowBell.

There are 48 preset patterns. The hand clap can be added to any preset pattern by simply pressing the "handclap switch".
Intro, fill-in and ending patterns are controlled by footswitches to create structures for complete songs.
When used with a MIDI keyboard instrument, a special Key Start function activates the CR-1000 the moment a key is pressed.
MIDI In and Thru connectors for controlling the tempo by MIDI clock messages or playing individual instrument sounds by MIDI note messages

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

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