Korg released many versions of this portable organ beat box during the late Sixties and throughout the Seventies. This travelling musician’s beat box started the race among manufacturers to minaturize drum machines, and it contributed to the curious, repetitive sound of early electronic and experimental music.
Featured a small set of primitive drum sounds and radio buttons for programming patterns. Patterns could be stored and re-loaded using punch cards (data storage made of stiff paper). Despite its name, the sounds were all buzzes, clicks and chimes made by analog components. Produced by EKO.
Roland made this neat piece of technology, which made sure analog sound staked its claim into the future, too. The clear, melodic sound of the 808 was heard throughout all popular genres: R&B, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, rock, you name it. Became intertwined with the rise and evolution of techno.
The successor to the 808 had more distinct, raw sounding analog engines and PCM samples. A perfect companion to the 808 for the early techno producers emerging out of Detroit at the time. Which one do we love more? The 808 with its strong low analog kick and its melodic cowbell, or the aggressive 909 with its digital crash, ride and hat? It’s a tie.
In a decade when music software and sample libraries was the norm, and decent emulation of classic analog drum machines began to take off, this little shiny beauty by JoMoX stood out in the thin crowd of hardware analog drum machines. Offering a delicate mix of analog sound generation and digital samples, this was truly an heir to the 909 (and the 808), for a new breed of musicians.
This robust and, as always, excellent piece of analog hardware from Dave Smith Instruments is nothing short of a complete programmable drum synthesizer, performance instrument and sequencer, packed with a hefty number of pre-set samples from classic drum machines.
With loads of great analog drum synthesis, digital samples and new musical ideas, this Elektron instrument brings nearly a century of drum machine history under one sleek hood. The improved MKII version from 2017 added quick and easy sampling and more powerful performance controls.
The Analog Four MKII represents the best of two worlds. Inimitable analog impact combined with razor-sharp digital accuracy. This is an analog synthesizer for the creative artist.Read more