Roland TR-505
Roland TR-505

TR-505, Drum Machine from Roland in the TR series.

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iXtlan23 10/09/2003

Roland TR-505 : iXtlan23's user review


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Sequencer matrix of 16 rating (scalable or 1 / 4 time)
4x16 + 4x16 users pattern original pattern

- TRS 6.5 L / R (+ mono on the right)
- Phones
- Footswitch START / STOP
- Tape in / out jack (3.5)
- 9v power supply (

+ 2 LR6 1.5V for saving patterns


seen like that it pays too much of mine ... an old roland has almost 20 years .... carracteristique enough to limit ... but what a sequencer inimitable!

the big highlights of the 505 (and all the STR in general) is the slight shift in the sequence that is not "carrquot; sequncer as of today (RM1X, MPC, etc.. ) groove ... it naturally slightly displaced orbits notes, which gives hi hat or snares innimitable a feeling ....

The sequencer and very very easy to use ... perfect for learning basic programming of a pattern, and allows for use of live playing with his pads to change the pattern directly on the fly ... and play 2 and 3 paterns patterns ... what a piece in 4 / 4 will create a lag and provides a groove great (at least for one type tekno music nikel it works!)

over the sequencer can be triggered or the net stop START / STOP button ... making it a very bone machine to head the chain noon to make "stop & go".


Of course the sounds are 20 years old and are not modifiable (not expect to hear a waldorf) but used with some effect and the well doss HH, snares or any percu sound great (especially for breaks)

it has 16 different sounds, each with its matrix sequence which the volume is adjusted with two small buttons (+ and -)

the 16 sounds are low conga, hi conga, timbale, cowbell low, hi cowbell, hand clap, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, bass drum, low tom, mid tom, hi tom, rim shot, closed hihat, open hihat.
+ A matrix for the accentuation of notes


This is an ideal machine for improvisation in a live electronic music, at least in a home studio behind cubase!
moreover is small, its flexibility and ridiculously low prices today are a BR ideal for learning to program a sequence ... and even then ... It's been 6 years that I have a TR 505 and TR 707 one and I use tjrs FREQUENTLY ... (I even tried to buy a TR 626!

mechanics crazy! :-)