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Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit

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Korg released the Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit in 1985 complete with their PCM sound Rom that was also on board their DDDM-110 and DDDM-220 rhythm machines, The MR-16 does not have a built in sequencer or pattern generator but was created to be a MIDI sound module with greater flexibility available at that particular time.

The unit has 16 drum sounds and 18 outputs. The Rim and Snare share an output and the Cow Bell and Wood Block share an output. Each output has separate volume and pan control. The unit also has a built in Metronome with 4/4 and 2/4 timing and runs from MIDI clock sent to the MIDI input from a sequencer or other timing device.

The unit is in a desktop format and has a screen printed keyboard on top indicating the MIDI key mapping of the drum sounds. There is a Master volume knob on the front panel and dip switches on back for setting the timing of the metronome.


Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: ROM
Osc Modulation: Velocity
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 1
Patches ROM: 16
Case: Desktop
Keyboard: Plastic
Controls: Knobs
Dimensions (WxDxH): 404 x 220 x 69
Weight: 2.5 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 18
Power: 300 mA
Year Released: 1985
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Used Price: $125-$179 - convert
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Jack Hertz

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I had one of these for a very short time. What I hoped would be a nice upgrade for my drum machines, was a total fail. The samples were so horrible, you could barely tell one sound from another. 

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