KORG KR-55

KORG RHYTHM 55

Analog Preset Rhythm Machine - Released in 1979
I was curious enough to get the Korg KR-55 drum machine. Korg dropped off the name Mini Pops when moving on to the 80's, but this thing is still very much the same type of a preset rhythm box. The amount of different rhythm styles is great, but you cannot combine the rhythms like you could in the earlier boxes.
There was also a lesser model, the KR33, and a dark grey colored updated model, KR-55B, that came out in 1982 and had just a bit different patterns. J-M Jarre used this KR-55 on his album Magnetic Fields.


My unit had some modifications done. It had separate output for the sounds if you wanted to process them separately, and some additional sync outputs. I had some fun sessions with the KR-55 triggering my Trident's brass section but I never used this drum machine in any final songs. I didn't like it's sound that much even though it's analog and all. I think it sounds more metallic and not as fat as the earlier drum machines of the 70's.

The modified individual outputs on the right side panel.


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