Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-1

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    After their prototype the rhythm Ace R-1 was shown at the 1964 NAMM shw, Ace Tne released the Rhythm Ace FR-1. The first drum machine produced by circuit they called a diode matrix. It showed rows of pulses that would show the position of each instrument in the machine. It has 16 preset patterns and 4 buttons to manually play each instrument cymbal, claves, cowbell and bass drum. If the user pressed multiple buttons together it can play over 100 possible rhythm combinations. The Hammond Organ Company also sold the FR-1 presets into their organ models of the era.
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Pattern Engine
    Programming: Presets, Real Time
    Sounds Per Pad
    Sounds Per Pad: 4
    Sources: Synthesizer
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 4
    Timbrality: 4
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patterns User: 1
    Patterns Preset: 16
    Case: Desktop
    Trigger Pads : Buttons
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Start / Stop Pedal
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 2
    Used: $175-$299
    Released: 1965
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