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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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John Peacock a 0 user from England writes:
For sentimental reasons alone I rate this box very highly: I used it to create patterns that, in the mud of a home 4-track recording, no-one noticed was not a real person hitting things. Damnation by faint praise, I know, but what the hell. Easy enough to use, perhaps a bit limited on the sounds (could have used a few more jazzy soft ones), but certainly programmable enough. I mean, I spent hours slaving over a hot Yamaha CX5 (see elsewhere) so this was childsplay and one of the most enjoyable musical aquisitions I have made. For its time. But if you can get a cheap one, it is flexible enough, I think, for your needs.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Charles H a hobbyist user from USA writes:
TR Series drum machines are known for nice user interfaces. I guess that it is true for some people and/or styles of music. I got mine as a replacement for a Yamaha RX17 that &quot;died&quot; (read: cost more to repair than I paid for it). Having used the RX unit first, the 626 proved to be quite tedious to program. It is easy to do those cheesy late 80's R&amp;B drum patterns on it, but proggramming realistic patterns does not come intuitively (to me) on this unit. Also addressing similar functions often involves different procedure. The sounds in the unit are okay for a machine of its vintage (with the exception of a high hat that decays way to fast.)

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Noj Lohr a part time user from USA writes:
Got it for $ not too much complaining. The High hats totlly rule hands down! They are like big loud HARD AS HELL smashes. The majority of the rest of the sounds are a little too digital for my liking however. I don't understand the sequencer at all so I use it as a high-hat soundmodual!! But this thing is worth getting just for the high-hats!!! and the bass drum aint too bad if you sample it and add a little decay. they usually go for about$130-$160 but if I payed that kind of cash I would be a verry pissed off person right now... I give it a rather low 2 out of 5 because the only thing I like about it is the high-hats

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Robert a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
let's put it this way: my tr626 (called Uffe) is an actual member of at least two of the bands i'm in. even if he doesn't play all the time (he was sick for a few months just now), his bare presence helps us get things done. ok, the sounds aren't superb quality, but lead this sucker through a few distortion/flanger/delay/phaser/reverb units and you'll get the most incredible noise i've ever heard. i made a 50 minute demo this way, and it's excelent too! i think the separate outputs more than compensates for the "poor" sound.

well, that's it i guess. buy one, name it and you have a friend for life!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Gordon JC Pearce a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
I've just got a TR-626 and found it really quite a good machine for its age. The user interface is quite intuitive - mine didn't have a manual, but I had pretty much sussed it out in about five minutes. The only gripe is that there is no midi through socket... Why can't manufacturers make a switch to change between out and through (grumble grumble). Sounds OK though!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
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