Date = 1980

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 14

Rhythms = 24+7 (Preset) 8 (Program)

Rhythm Combining = Yes







Is it fair to describe the Roland CR-8000 as the missing link between the legendary CR-78 and TR-808 drum machines?

The CR-5000 and CR-8000 drum machines were released by Roland in 1980. It's likely that they came in response to Korg's ground-breaking KR-55 of the previous year. They certainly took a lot of the KR-55's look and functions and as with the Korg, this latest CR saw Roland experimenting with the metallic percussion tones which arguably debuted on the CR-78 with the "Metallic Beat" sound so favoured by John Foxx.

Like the Korg that inspired it, the CR-8000 came in two varieties. The CR-5000 was the stripped down version, lacking the digital tempo display and the programmable rhythm section. Programming was step-time only, (similar to tapping beats into a Boss DR-55) with the note-on/note-off switches and a rotary voice selector.








Unlike the KR-55, there were fewer rhythms and fills available and the swing control wasn't variable, (on/off "shuffle" button only) but where the CR really scored was with its accent function, (the Korg has no accent).

Here at Dubsounds, we have a CR-78 and a TR-808, so why would we bother with a CR-8000? Simple... the hi-hat! In tandem with the accent function, the hats on the CR-8000 are just amazing. Without doubt, the 808 has a better clap and cowbell and the CR-78 is the stuff of legend...

...but this machine has character too. It does sound odd that it reminds you of an 808 one minute and a 78 the next but it also has its own personality. You can get some very cool effects by combining patterns on an 8000 which we've sampled to death in the sample pack.

We first became aware of the CR-8000 as the back-beat to Vangelis' spacey disco music in the Taffy's bar scene in Blade Runner (you get any more cool than that). You often see these selling as a "poor man's 808" but in reality the CR-8000 is much more than that and when abused, can offer some seriously unique beats.






Sample Pack Info:











Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

This sample set contains 43 four bar loops of all 24 preset rhythms (with & without swing) *note swing does not affect all patterns. There are 14 one bar loops of the 8 intro/fills (with & without swing), 11 four bar loops of the 7 top patterns (with & without swing), 14 four bar percussion sub-mixes and finally 21 four bar combination patterns.

This set contains an INSANE 480 individual drum hits:

64 Kicks, 96 Snares, 128 Hi-Hat/Cymbals and 192 percussion sounds.







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!







CR-8000 CompuRhythm - 103 loops - 480 hits - (94Mb download)








Please note:

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