Almost identical to the Korg KR-55, released a couple of years earlier, except it has twice the amount of patterns. It’s arguably one of the greatest preset drum machines ever produced, with individual volume controls and a wide variety of preset rhythms, all of which can be tweaked with the “swing” setting.
It suffers, like most other preset drum machines of the era, from a lack of individual outputs. Also, the “fill-in” end of bar variation doesn’t have an automatic setting (say, every 4, 8 or 16 bars), instead needing to be triggered manually via the front-panel button or the foot switch. Same thing for the two variations of each beat, which need to be switched manually. Automatic controls for both of these, such as in the older Korg Mini Pops 120, would have made these features much more useful I think.
This drum machine can be heard on the ESTECHO tracks “Arpeggio Down” and “Fast Forward”
Technical Info / Service Notes
I’m planning to modify this unit for individual outputs in the near future. More info on this later….
|Manufacturer||Keio Giken (Tokyo, Japan)|
|Sounds||12 (bass drum, snare, hi-hat 1, hi-hat 2, cymbal, rim shot, low conga, high conga, claves, tom 1, tom 2, cowbell)|
|Features||- 6 volume controls for individual voices
- Swing setting for all beats
- Intro/fill in (manual trigger only)
|Outputs||High out, low out (both mono)|
|Trigger out||Yes, with various note lengths (1/16,1/8,1/4,1,BD)|
|Footswitch||Start/stop, intro/fill in|
|Accessories||Footswitch S-2 (pictured above), carrying bag|
|Related models||Korg Rhythm 55, Korg Rhythm 33|