Jump to content

Roland TR-505 Rhythm Composer

   (0 reviews)
 -  6075 views


Description
The Roland TR-505 Rhythm Composer contains a group of samples mixed from both the TR-707 and TR-727, and featured 16 drum tones, with 48 patterns and 6 songs of memory. Basic and affordable, it did not offer tone editing capabilities or individual drum outputs. It did host an extensive MIDI section, making it ideal alongside a computer or sequencer.

The TR-5050 is from the same family as the Roland TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-626. Released in 1986, the unit can be used to sequence short, punchy, 12-bit samples. The drum kit includes basic rock drum sounds similar to those of the 707, plus a complement of Latin-style drum sounds similar to those of the TR-727, which was similar to the TR-707, but it had Latin instruments instead of rock drums.

The TR-505 features five basic modes, including the following:

Track Play - plays whole tracks (arrangements of patterns to form songs).
Track Write - sequence patterns into tracks.
Step Write - sequence patterns by stepping through each position in the pattern.
Tap Write - sequence patterns by tapping drums sounds in real time.
Real time - play patterns in real time by tapping the pads.

Time signatures other than 4/4 can be programmed by changing the length of patterns and the scale, which actually refers to the signature ratio/swing.

Midi implementation:

The unit handles MIDI quite capably. Each instrument can be assigned a level/velocity from one to five, a MIDI channel, and a MIDI note number. Individual pads also transmit MIDI data when tapped, although these aren't velocity sensitive. An accent can be applied to any position in a pattern and will affect all instruments triggered at that position by increasing their volume. The memory in the TR-505 can store up to 48 patterns in 6 songs.

Images

Videos

Specifications
Type: Digital
Sound Engine: ROM
Pattern Engine
Programming: Presets, Real Time, Step
Songs
6
Sounds Per Pad
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: Samples
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Storage
Patterns User: 48
Storage: Internal, Tape
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Start / Stop Pedal
Display Type: LCD
Dimensions (WxDxH): 305 (W) x 175 (D) x 75 (H) mm
Weight: 820 g
MIDI / Sync / Trigger
Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 4
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
Power: 9 v
Used: $42-$199
Production
Released: 1986
Manuals & Documents
Shopping
References & Sources

  Report Drum Machine

User Feedback

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.



Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...