The Boss DR-110 Dr Rhythm drum machine could perhaps be described as a cheap Roland TR-606, as it sounds very similar, maybe even better, and sometimes is available second-hand for about 50 Euros.
This little drum machine's sound is unbelievably phat and analog, just like a Roland TR-606/808, and has one of the probably best analog handclaps of all times (sadly missing on the TR-606!). On top, its graphic display allows neat programming and rapid variations of patterns.
Technically seen, these analog drum circuits are state-of-the-art and probably haven't been built better since, as digital drum machines were gaining ground at the time. The sturdy analog technology allows very interesting modifications, so I granted mine a second casing, holding all functions I need. The result is absolutely astounding and using it is nice and handy, too. I added the following functions:
- Mute switches for every individual drum sound
- Tempo fine controller
- Bassdrum: pitch & decay controller
- Snare: pitch & noise controller
- Hihat: decay & filter
- Cymbal: decay & filter
- Clap: pitch & decay
- 2 noise-mute switches for snare and clap
- Sync in input