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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Daniel a part-time user from USA writes:
Some reviewers said the TR-606 is a good entry level drum machine. Let me clarify that: It is THE entry level drum machine. In other words, if you're thinking of buying anything with 16 buttons along the bottom, buy this first. At $125-50, I got mine through Ebay 01.30.06 for $125, it's worth it. Yes, the sounds are antiquated, but with some help from some processors, software or hardware variety, you can get decent sounds worthy of a song or two...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-03-2006 at 13:56
carl a hobbyist user from australia writes:
I agree distortion makes this drum box sound great. i haven't modded mine but (that would probably change what i'm going to say but) it sound amazing really very cool but it's so distinctive you could only really use it on a couple of songs. if you recorded an album and every song used this box it would lose it's interest and become boring. using effects though does help as it adds different characteristics to the sound. even though i think you can't really use this all the time when you do use it it rocks so i'm giving it five

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-28-2004 at 21:14
Murphy Bender a professional user from USA writes:
A friend of mine uses for of these live & wouldn't change it for any other drum machin in the world. Gave me the honor of letting me play from it & sample it. I enjoy it very much...wouldn't drop my nine-o-nines for it but a very great small package machine

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-14-2004 at 21:32
Mister Monophonic a hobbyist user from US writes:
The Roland TR-606 is an excellent analog drum machine. The sequencer is very easy to use and it allows you to switch between play and write modes while patterns are running. Creating full fledged tracks is a little bit more difficult. I often just let it run in pattern mode. I've modified my 606 to have individual outputs and various tonal controls. This really adds a lot capabilities to the machine.

The sounds are all top notch analog goodness. The kick is a bit on the weak side, but it sounds nice if it is distorted or its internal circuitry is modified. The snare is excellent and quite snappy. Adding pitch, noise level, and decay controls to the snare makes it very versatile. It can then be used as a third tom sound if all of the noise is removed. The high hats are superb.. very hissy. They sound similar to an 808's hats, but they have their own character. If you put both an open and closed hat on the same beat, you get a different, third HH sound. The cymbal is the worst sound available, but it does have its uses at times. Try putting it on each quarter note and adjusting the volume so you can just barely hear it. This can add a nice touch to your patterns. The tom toms are great too. Very tribal and electronic sounding. The accent is also capable of adding a good amount of expression and feeling to the patterns. The 606 can also sound extremely robotic as well.

Lots of great music has been made w/ the 606 over the years. Its very suitable for acid house, electro, techno, and other forms of music. Check out Autechre's Incunabula album, some Aphex Twin & Polygon Window, and Plastikman to hear the 606 in action. I rate it a 5 for its affordability, portability, modability, great analog sounds, and coolness factor. That being said I would not pay anything over $200 for a 606. A fair price is about $150.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-10-2003 at 22:17
jam on from Iceland writes:
Greets fellow 606ist, does anybody know if you can have the 606 moded with a trigger 'midi in', you know to use as a drum moudle only,.. cheers!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-26-2002 at 17:04
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