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Roland CR-8000 Analog Drum Machine User Programing

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Published on May 2, 2007

This is a quick demonstration of user programing on a Roland CR-8000 Analog Drum Machine.

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First I show how to clear a pattern by holding the note and rest buttons at the same time until the LED for the selected user program blinks, it takes about 3 seconds.
Then I select the Bass drum and program a pattern. Each sequence uses 32 steps, on step 1 and 17 you have both red and green LEDs lit over by the start stop button. On steps 5,9,13,21,25,29 you have just the green LED lit, indicating quarter notes of the 2 bar pattern.

Then I program a hihat pattern, and while paying that I use the Preset instrument pattern buttons to add a clap and some cymbal variations. Each of the top most buttons only adds one instrument in a preset pattern and overrides what you have progamed as long as it is engaged. Very easy to have pattern variations on this machine.

You can erase any individual instrument pattern by just selecting that instrument and pressing rests through the pattern, but you can also just program another pattern over it the notes / rests you punch in will be saved.

There are some other cool tricks in this machine, like selecting two patterns to play at the same time, the programmable and preset Intro/fill in patterns (4 user patterns, 32 steps each) with the auto fill in being able to set the to play every 2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 measures, or off to trigger it manually, if you hit the manual button with the machine stopped, it will play the intro pattern then go into the selected pattern. The rest button becomes a crash button when in play mode, so when switching patterns or coming out of a fill in a crash will sound on the first beat.

The Register button becomes a A/B pattern kind of thing where you select a Preset or user pattern, or any pair of patterns to play simultaneously, then press the Register button and it flashes, and you pick one or two other patterns, then during playback, you hit the register key and it will switch between the two sets.

The register button has a foot switch jack in the rear, and the unit also has a trigger out which is selectable between 8 note, 16 note, or accent pattern (programmable trigger!) the manual has a really cool trick where you connect the triger out to the register footswitch and select two different patterns to get toggled by the trigger.

Really nuts machine. Makes me think twice about auctioning it.

be sure to check out the videos showing the controls on the top. coming soon.

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