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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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adam jay a hobbyist user from usa writes:
once modify'd - this thing SLAMMS. slap a mod box with a 909 kick on that bad boy and a midi sync and you got yourself a mean-ass stomper. 16 step drum grid sequencing is always the way to go. and the part mixer is an added bonus. using the part mixer in conjuction with the accent - and you can have some slammin electro(add a 909 kick for techno) i wouldn't pay more than $250 unless i was totally desperate. and from what i know some of the earlier models have a few programming quirks. I beleive there were only 2,000 of these made, but #'s 1,500 and up should be flawless. add it to a nord lead and a raveolution 309 and you got yourself a slammin live show. never underestimate the power of an x0x box - WHEN MODIFIED BWahahHAHAHhaHAHa

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-07-1999 at 14:50
sutekh from usa writes:
I think some of the original reviews of these machines got lost. The review that's up now doesn't seem to be the same as when I first posted in August.

The review is rather frightfully incorrect when it says the 606 is "digital synthtesis." This machine's about as far from digital as you can get. It's a pure analog 1980's beatbox.

This machine was made to be sold with the Roland TB303 (as a drum and bass combo for live bands or home practice). And as such, the 606 looks virtually identical to the TB303. It also has similar control options: Sync24 In/Out (switchable). The 606 also has two trigger outs, one for each tom (low and high). The programming is classic x0x style; 16 buttons across the board, rotory knob to to select sound and function, red led's to indicate where you have selected a beat on the sequence.

This machine is VERY easy to program (great for beginners), and the sounds are quite impressive for such a little box (the snare and hats sound almost identical to the 808--which I also own). Rhythm patterns are a tad limited as there is no middle tom and no hand claps, or any bell-like sounds. But since the bass drum is weak, I usually program this machine with the Bass Drum as the Low Tom, and the Low Tom as Mid and High as High. Of course, then you have to use another source for bass drum, but you really need to do that anyway with this machine.

Here's two great pages: and

There's also a little bit of info at my site:

If you can't afford a big x0x (808, 909) or can't find a vintage (CR78, CR8000) then this is a great, cheap way to add analog to your rhythm section.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-10-1998 at 03:08
Tripoli a professional user from U S A writes:
Such a cool little cute silver thang. I LOVE IT! The sounds are excellent & the hi hats, to me, just sizzle in the gruv! Although, can anyone help me out on where I can get all the mods done on it,in the U.S. or at least all the schematics to them? I'd really like to expand my silver box to it's fullest. "Like it's not there already.....???" THANXS!.....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-03-1998 at 19:56
stacks a part time user from US of Assholes writes:
Well what can I say. I had this little baby in my hot hands for a little over a week and by the end of that week I churned out a couple decent drum tracks, the snares and the toms rock, the cymbals are a bit noisy. I am looking to buy one so e mail if you want to get rid of yours, can trade tb 303 with broken cutoff. love

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Kristofer Ulfves a hobbyist user from Umea, Sweden writes:
A cool little japanse plastic box. Very nice design and nice sounds too, especially the

toms and hihats...It's only weakness is the bassdrum, which lacks the decay-controll available on

the 808. However, some simple mods makes this little bastard nearly as useful as the 808. The hihats

are supriceably flexible. And hey! There's even pots for snappy, cymbal decay and tuning for the toms

inside! See for yourself!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
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