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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Alex a hobbyist user from Notts, UK writes:
I sold my TR505. Mistake. I originally paid 50ukp for it.

Okay, it sounds crap on its own, horrible, dry PCM samples, but as soon as you push it thru some EQ, Filters and Pitch shifters etc, you get some wicked sounds. It was sooooo easy to use and I wish i'd kept it to trigger samples in my sampler!! It made beat sketching so easy. (Especially on long car journeys). I might buy another if I saw one cheap enough.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-05-2000 at 16:32
aphexbeau a hobbyist user from madbomber/the woods writes:
More thoughts.... I think some of the glory of this box is beginning to show. I had heard that Mr. James had used a 505, but wasn't sure, so I didn't want to name-drop. I know he used a 626 and a 707, but then again, those beats do seem a bit reminiscent of the 505. I think he is an excellent example of MUSICIANSHIP not technology. Take what you have, and push that to the limits. You cannot buy yourself good music production. Only braincells can do that for you.

I believe the 626 does sound the same, w/indie outs. I was thinking about hacking my 505 into a 626, opening it up and wiring up some separate outs...thoughts on it, anybody? email me.

And the Mazda 626 is a fantastic car, too.

It's use to drive something else is perhaps the best. Use it as a vocoder input, for something a bit different. And if it's plain PCM sound has got you down, FX it to Valhalla and back again. (kudos to you on the use of ZOOM FX, Cleatus, love the AutoWah!)

Another great use for it I just found: input it to an Electribe ER1 and then ring modulate w/it. Great bleepy-boop noises. Get creative.

And remember, IT'S CHEAP. It always was, and it still is. Probably always will be. So were 808's until people realized what they could do with them....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-05-2000 at 14:20
zebra meat a part-time user from Ca. USA writes:
I belive the reason people think this machine is so dry, is the tone of the high hats, which are very low sounding compared with the 909 and 808. wich makes it hard to get the exsact house sound. (wich i dont like). I find no problem with the bass or the snare or rim. if you turn down the volume of the open hight hat, it will sound way better. worth the money. good if your already experinced with percusion. if your not, youl think its hard to program what you want. I love mine. I dont understand why its worth so little. I love the ride as a snare beat.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-27-2000 at 17:02
Donic Dawkins a part-time user from MADCHESTER, MATE! writes:
All you slags need to re-check your info, and yourselves, because Richard D. James used the 505 to create the beats on the Rubber Johnny EP he put out through Warp Records in 1997. A friend of mine asked him about the 505 at a DJ gig and Richard confessed that, although the sounds may seem limited, some proper processing pushes the 505 "through the stratosphere."

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2000 at 22:24
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
I use mine for it's way simple midi interface, rock solid timing, easy programming interface etc. I think I've actually only heard those awful 505 pcm samples once or twice -- majority of the time it's being used to drive a novation drumstation and other kit's on my synths.

And for this purpose alone it justifies it's existance, just don't buy one as a drum machine proper as it sounds well awful, makes my 707 seem heavenly in comparison. Why would roland issue the three best tr's first and then dilute the lineup with pap like the 505/626 etc. Who knows... probably just wanted to make something rock people would want to use, rather than the thundering dancefloor boom of the 808/909.


Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-11-1999 at 15:26
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