Date = 1983

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 6

Rhythms = 16 (Preset) / 16 (Program)

Rhythm Combining = No







So what's so special about this little beatbox? Well its claim to fame is that it was the last analogue drum machine Roland ever made! Not to be confused with the slide-rule impersonating DR-220 which came out two years later in "electronic" and "digital" flavours (the electronic sound was sampled too).

Like its predecessor the DR-55 (1980), it was about the size of a VHS cassette tape and ran on batteries or an external wall wart. It came with four banks of 8 patterns, two of which were user programmable and the other two containing preset rhythms to get you started.

Sound wise, the machine only had a Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Cymbal and Handclap... but that shouldn't deter you. The sounds were wonderful. The kick, snare and clap were straight from the infamous TR-808 school of sound creation and the cymbals were very similar to the CR-8000 CompuRhythm. They even behaved in the same manner when you turned up the accent fader in that they become very dynamic and the decay would be modulated by the rhythm pattern (impossible to re-create from one-shot samples so you'll need the loops for that).







The first demo in the DR-110 directory of the "Listen to My Beats" Preview Player is an example of the hi-hat with the dynamic changes to the accent and decay that occur when increasing the accent control.







You could think of this as an alternate to the TR-606 Drumatix but with much smoother, cleaner sounds (the 606 is pretty grainy and thin, particularly on the early revs). Sadly, the sounds can't be altered on the machine without modding but if you have the courage to prod it with a soldering iron, you can easily alter the snare snap and the kick and clap decay. One final word about the clap... many consider the DR-110 clap to be about the best of ANY Roland machine INCLUDING the TR-808. I wouldn't argue, the pseudo reverb that is built into the sound circuit does a lot for the sound and it's extremely clean and punchy.







Sample Pack Info:











Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

This sample set contains 32 four bar loops. All of the 16 preset rhythms have been captured but we couldn't just leave the other 16 banks empty so we programmed in another 16 beats for you to use as well.

This set contains 128 individual drum hits:

16 Kicks, 32 Snares, 48 Hi-Hat/Cymbals and 32 Handclaps.







What's so special about these sample packs? Quite simply, there isn't anywhere on the internet or in any commercial sample library where you can get this stuff. We made these samples because nobody else has.







All Dubsounds sample packs are sampled directly from our own drum machines. They are definitely NOT ripped from sample CD's, unlike many you see on Ebay at the moment, (which is a bit sad). All the rhythms are recorded directly into Pro-Tools from the machine's audio output and are not equalised, compressed or effected in any way. We want you to have the closest thing to the real machine as possible but with the added benefits of seamless integration into your VST host. The only thing we have done is to CAREFULLY remove any unwanted electrical noise and hum present in the signal, (if required) and taking extreme care to avoid damaging the delicate percussive transients. These samples were made for our own use first and foremost!







DR-110 - Dr. Rhythm Graphic - 32 loops - 128 hits - (25Mb download)








Please note:

Before buying; please make sure that you have read the information on the drum sounds intro page