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Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-1

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Description
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.
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Specifications
Type: Analog
Sound Engine: 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
Storage
Patterns User: 1
Patterns Preset: 16
Case
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
Production
Released: 1965
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