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Korg Rhythm KR 55 - Modified

Modified for us with 8 separate outputs - one for each sound. Opens up the creative possibilities of...

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Modified for us with 8 separate outputs – one for each sound. Opens up the creative possibilities of what is already one of our favourite beatboxes.

Serviced and in excellent working order.

Converted to 240v operation.

In very good cosmetic condition with some discolouration of the case and buttons and a few minor scuffs and scrapes to the face and edges of the case. See detailed photos for more information.

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More about the KR-55:

These are great drum machines – 48 rhythm patterns (plus intros and fills) which can also be tweaked by the swing parameter, opening up a huge variety of different rhythms. It features a trig out for analogue synths/sequencers. Sonically all-analogue and good and meaty: see YouTube demo below (not this exact machine, same model – with thanks to the uploader):

It is in perfect working order – all pots move smoothly and noiselessly and all pots, switches and knobs function exactly as they should. (It is always possible with vintage equipment that crackly pots/sliders may develop over time when equipment has not been used – even during shipping – this can usually be easily rectified either by a few turns or in extreme cases, with suitable switch-cleaning spray).

From the Vintage Synth Explorer KR-55 page:

The KR55 was, for its time (1979), an advanced preset rhythm drum machine with up to 96 preset rhythm patterns! These patterns cover the whole gamut of presets (Waltz, Samba, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Slow Rock, Swing, Rock, etc.). The KR55 also featured a “swing beat” control to add a variation to the groove. Each drum sound’s level can be individually adjusted for each pattern. It can also be externally controlled via footswitch jack for the Start/Stop and Intro/Fill switches. The KR55B was a black-chassis version released a few years later in 1982 with twice as many rhythm patterns. It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Trio and Depeche Mode.

Specifications:

  • Sounds – 12 Tones: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, HiHat x 2, Cymbal, Low Conga, High Conga, Rim Shot, Claves, Cowbell, Tom Tom x 2
  • Patterns – KR55 – 48 Rhythm patterns: Waltz, Jazz Waltz, Rock, Ballad x 3, 5/4 Beat x 3, Mambo, Rumba, Beguine, Pops x 3, Rock x 12, Disco x 6, Foxtrot, Shuffle, March, Swing x3, Bossanova x3, Chacha, Samba, Afro, Enka, Tango, Habanera
  • 16 Intro Rhythms
  • 16 Fill-In Rhythms
  • KR-55B – 96 Rhythm patterns
  • Controls – Level for each Drum Sound, Tempo, Swing Beat, Start/Stop, Intro/Fill
  • Keyboard – None
  • Effects – None
  • Control – Start/Stop and Intro/Fill functions triggered by external footswitch 

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