ROLAND TB-303 BASSLINE
THERE IS NO 404
ROLAND TR-707 & 727
ROLAND JUNO 6 & JUNO 106
ROLAND RE-301 & RE-501
These ‘affordable’ beatboxes, synths & pedals helped create new sounds in the early 1980s…
A stripped down monosynth from Roland’s classic SH-series. It has a similar architecture to the SH-101, the VCA can switch between gate or envelope. It has an external input which will allow you to filter external audio through its VCF.
Used by Orbital, Vince Clarke, BT, Conemelt, Josh Wink, Banco De Gaia, Mr. Oizo, Ladytron, Jimmy Edgar, Dave Holmes, Freddy Fresh, OMD, 808 State…
The organ and string sections can be played simultaneously or individually plus an ensemble/chorus effect and external sound input.
Used by Jimi Tenor, UB40, and The Cure.
BOSS DR-55 & DR-110
Made by Roland, the DR-55 Dr.Rhythm was released in 1980, the same year as the more famous Roland TR-808. It was much more affordable and one of the first step-write-style drum machines.
The first drum machine Depeche Mode used in their live shows. New Order used it on their 1981 debut LP.
BOSS DR-55 & DR-110
MORE ICONIC SOUNDS…
We also have selection of other iconic instruments that are contemporary with the Roland XOX instruments. These beatboxes, synths and samplers helped create new music genres in the early 1980s…
The DMX was the original drum machine of Hip Hop and Rap and it is featured on many of the genre’s early landmark recordings. It is in continuous use in dancehall reggae music. Artists that have used the DMX include Run DMC, Prince, Roni Size, Stevie Nicks, Mike Oldfield, the Thompson Twins, New Order on their 1983 single “Blue Monday” and The Police on “Every Breath You Take” (kick drum only). Several artists derive their names from the drum computer, including DMX Krew, DMX and Davy DMX.
The SP-12 is often regarded as the first commercially successful drum machine and sampler combo.
Used by Rick Rubin in Rhymin & Stealin on the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill.
The Beastie Boys reference the SP-12 in their song “Putting Shame In Your Game” from their 1998 album Hello Nasty with the line, “Well I’m the Benihana chef on the SP12.”
Young MC raps in the song Album Filler (1991) “It’s just me, a mic, and an SP-12.”
The Yamaha DX7 was manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1989. It was the first successful digital synthesizer and is one of the best-selling synthesizers in history.
The presets were widely used in 1980s pop music. The “BASS 1” preset was used on songs such as “Take On Me” by A-ha, “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, and “Fresh” by Kool & the Gang.
The “E PIANO 1” preset became particularly famous, especially for power ballads, and was used by artists including Whitney Houston, Chicago, Phil Collins, Luther Vandross, Billy Ocean and Celine Dion.
In 1986, it was used in 40% of the number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, 40% of country number ones, and 60% of RnB number ones. The preset imitates a Rhodes piano, prompting some to abandon the Rhodes in favor of the DX7.
MOOG THE ROGUE
Rogue rhymes with Moog! The Moog Rogue is a monophonic analog synthesizer produced by Moog Music in the early 1980s.
Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, Saint Etienne, Add N to (X), Will Butler of Arcade Fire, Vince Clarke, Peter Gabriel, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Howard Jones, Mr. Oizo, Anni Rossi, Mike Rutherford of Genesis…
The MS-10 is a classic analog synth released by Korg in 1978, known for its great bass and percussive sounds.
Used by The Prodigy, The Orb, SkyLab, the Chemical Brothers, Astral Projection, Autechre, Juan Atkins, Underworld, Sneaker Pimps, Luke Vibert, JunkieXL, and Add N to (X).
The Korg Poly-800 is a synthesizer released by Korg in 1983. Its initial list price of $795 made it the first fully programmable synthesizer that sold for less than $1000.
Poly-800s have been used by Orbital, Depeche Mode, Sneaker Pimps, Vangelis, Geoff Downes, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Yesterdays and Jimi Tenor.
The S612 was one of Akai’s first professional rack-mount samplers, released in 1985. It included 12-bit sampling from 4 to 32kHz with loop and truncate functions, an overdub function and mic or line input jacks.
It was Future Sound of London’s first sampler and used in early hip hop and drum n bass.
The CZ series is a family of low-cost phase distortion synthesizers produced by Casio in the mid-1980s.
The Whistle patch is used on the Eastenders theme.