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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Synthia a professional user from Laguna Niguel, CA writes:
This machine is weird. It's like the Kawai version of a Linn Drum or a DMX. For one thing , it's not lite. It's actually heavier than a DMX and just a tad lighter than the Linn Drum. The unit is one of the most sturdiest piece of equipment I have ever encountered . Just an amazing build quality as well as design.

There are 8 assignable outs, a swing feature and 24 drum samples to choose from.

It is good for a lot of genres , but when I first turned it on I instantly recognized the drum as being used in a lot of Italo disco from the late 80's. But , really any genre it could handle.

You really need the manual to get the most out of it , believe me.

Also, this should not be sold for less than $250-300. Yes that may seem a little steep , but once you get a hold of one and feel what a high quality, HEAVY drum machine this is you will understand. It's actual weight is about the equv of 20 to 25 Er-1's. It's that heavy.

Also , there are a hoard of sync options on the back....midi, DIN, tape, Clock !

And if you have seen the r-50 drum box (the R-100's little brother) you will realize that it is NOTHING like this model . For one , that is a plastic unit, this is S_O_L_I_D M_E_T_A_L!

Simply amazing !

Remember though, don't sell this for less than $250.00 . I wouldn't sell mine for less than $400 though , but that's just me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-15-2001 at 23:28
Warner from The Netherlands writes:
The R-100 drummachine can be fitted with an optional expansion slot providing space for 3 additional soundchips (ROM), each of which will give you 24 extra 12bit drumsamples. The individual chips ('banks') can be selected by manually turning a switch which has to be added to the frontpanel.

With its extensive sync in/out capabilities (DIN 24/48/96ppq,FSK, MIDI), individual outputs, trigger out, pitch/pan for individual notes velocity sensitive pads etc.etc. a capable and versatile machine. I like its characteristic sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-06-2001 at 13:59
Gustaf a part-time user from Sweden, Stockholm writes:
The sound of the R-100 is the best I have ever heard, so far. Ok, not for HipHop, but for industrial/synth/EBM etc. Also, it wasnt very expensinve, about 100$. The only problem is that I could use a manual, so if you have one please contact me. Digital would be best...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 10:29
kevvo666 a part-time user from NZ writes:
This is a reliable beat machine which makes solid clunky sounds all of its own, and has extra on board functions like tunability and sensitivity, timing adjust and good midi versatility.

The 1st bass drum, and 1st snare are cool. Forget the tr909 (or maybe use one as an auxillary...) Good backing for rock-pop-technica- and has that industrial feel - mine reminds me a bit of Icehouse and Joy Division.

I mix this box in with a yamaha RX8 drum mach. for rhythm compliments, stepping in and out across a stereo split - normalises the sound of two rather idiosyncratic machines. Can be driven by or used to drive another drum module too.

The manual is aweful reading, but useful. Pattern programming is easy in realtime record - velocity sensitive pads are a bonus.

One problem though - the tape sync on mine dont work - so althought it can power the band, it doesn't perform the crucial portable "record" function. Another problem is that the buttons don't always work - need a clean I suppose...

I am sure I have spotted this thing racked in electronic studios photographed throughtout the www...

Looks old and nasty but don't be fooled (I nearly wasn't going to buy it because of its image) -but this is a sophisticated, ass-kicking drum computer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-04-2001 at 01:12
Rox Wondaz a professional user from Detroit, Mi writes:
I bought this machine after reading some guys review saying that it was great for hip-hop and techno. Well, to put it lightly, this drum machine sucks big ol nuts! Maybe it's the machine I recieved, but I only have 1 bassdrum!! Tuning the sounds is nice and easy but 2 of the sounds are only half way decent (the bassdrum tuned down a little, and 1 or the snares). If you can find this for less than $40, your ok, don't spend more than 50 bux tho. I can't imagine what the stripped down R-50 sounds like (damn I wanna laugh) but it can't sound better! My Drumulator (which is EXTREMELY limited compared to todays standards) sounds better then this (when sampled). I wouldn't even piss on this machine, cos it may make my urine smell bad. Avoid, unless you like wack drums for your techno, R&B or hip-hop. Pop, rock etc.. it may be ok for you. No speaker pumping drums in this box at all! ..Rox Wondaz..

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2001 at 03:18
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