Analog drum machine with 8 drum sounds, 64 step sequencer and Behringer RD-6-LM distortion effects
The RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-6-LM provides all the tools you need to become a master beat-maker, including: 8 drum sounds and a 16-step sequencer - for a fast, easy-to-use drum machine that will rock your house! Whether you're new to drum programming or a seasoned pro looking to upgrade their setup, the RD-6-LM has everything you need to step up to the big leagues.
A rejuvenated masterpiece
The RD-6-LM has been carefully designed to offer new possibilities for creating rhythms by reviving the timeless design of one of the boxes. the most classic rhythms of yesteryear. Taking a fresh and modern approach to a classic drum machine, the RD-6-LM lets you harness the phenomenal sound of the venerable TR-606 while enjoying new features. You can manipulate punchy bass drums, sparkling hats, and even the authentic and renowned clicking sound of the BR-110 to take your rhythmic performance to the next level. He's a monster of creating analog rhythms!
Designed to enhance the way you play, the RD-6-LM features a 16-step drum sequencer that lets you switch between 32 distinct patterns in real time. Start creating chunk structures on the fly and modify them as you like. Mix any of the 8 drum sounds by adjusting their dedicated level knobs. The RD-6-LM also comes with distortion based on the venerable DS-1. Add spice and a bit of edge to your sound by activating the distortion switch and adjusting the amount and tone of the distortion. Each pattern you create can also be chained into an entire song up to 256 bars, which is eight and a half minutes of beats, perfect for those spicy jams where you just can't stop.
To bring the RD-6-LM into the modern era, USB connectivity has been added for MIDI synchronization and triggering. The RD-6-LM can thus be controlled by your DAW, allowing songs and patterns to be exchanged or individual sounds to be triggered.
The RD-6-LM has 11 knobs and 26 keys, all arranged in a very intuitive format that brings fun to the creation of rhythms. Input and output connections include: Open or Closed Hi-Hat, Clap, Cymbal, Low and Hi Tom, Snare and Bass Drum Voice Outs; Start / Stop for connecting a pedal; MIDI In, Out and Thru over USB for connecting the RD-6-LM to a DAW and 5-pin MIDI ports.
A Brief History of Drum Machines
From its humble beginnings as a rhythmic medium for organists, to the blaze of dance floors with its relentless and hypnotic rhythms, the drum machine has been the place to be. one of the least popular musical inventions. Without compromise in its metronomic precision, the drum machine provides a flawless rhythm section that never tires of playing the same four-bar loop. However, when placed in the right hand and in the right musical context, they can be fine-tuned to create stunning rhythmic art.
First drum machine - The Rhythmicon
The revolutionary Rhythmicon was created by the Russian inventor Leon Theremin in 1931. The machine is the result of a collaboration with the American composer Henry Cowell and can produce up to at 16 different rhythms with a striking bleepy sound.
The Rhythmate was a pioneering rhythm machine, which used tape loops to create rhythms intended to accompany an organ player. The machine had 14 tape loops with a slide control that played different tracks on each piece of tape that could be combined to create many variations.
Roland CompuRhythm CR-78
The CR-78 is a classic analog rhythm machine - and was the first to use a microprocessor. The 34 built-in patterns could be changed at the touch of a button, giving the user much more creative control. When it comes to drum sounds, the CR-78 offers 14 very electronic, but analog drum sounds. These sounds include kick, snare, rim, cowbell, hi-hats, cymbals, congas, bongos, tambourine, and guiros. With 11 variation effects and the ability to adjust tempo, accents and fade in / out, the CR-78 is still capable of producing exquisite rhythms for use in ambient hip-hop and many other forms of music. . One of the most well-known uses of the CR-78 can be found in Phil Collin's 1981 hit "In the Air Tonight".
Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer
In the worlds of Techno, House, Hip-Hop and R&B, the Roland TR-808 is an indispensable machine. Its signature sound, the bass drum that created the groove for Marvin Gaye, Afrika Bambaata and 808 State hits, is currently one of the most used sounds in modern music.
Despite its current status as an icon, when it was released in 1980, the 808 was by no means a bestseller. Many people didn't like its simplistic sound and preferred more expensive machines like the digitally sampled LinnDrum. However, producers of the underground tangy music scene turned to the TR-808 and the entire Roland product line, including the TB-303, SH-101 and TR-909, which resulted in these boxes their iconic status and their modern price.
Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer
The TR-909 featured the sampled and analog drum sounds that have become synonymous with house and techno music. This programmable, step-sequenced drum machine was launched in 1983, and while it was not an instant commercial success, it soon gained an underground following. With DIN Sync 24, MIDI In and Out and individual outputs for each sound, the TR-909 could be integrated into any studio and offers numerous controls for controlling each sound. The TR-909 has been used by The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Moby, Fatboy Slim, Orbital and Jean Michel Jarre. It would be hard to find a techno or house producer who hasn't used a TR-909 kick in a track at some point.
The inspirational LinnDrum was created by Linn Electronics in 1982, using superior sounding samples that gave birth to a new generation of users who are synonymous with the sound of the 80's. The LinnDrum was used on countless classics tracks throughout the '80s, including hits by Prince, Tears for Fears and Madonna.
Launched in 1981, the Oberheim DMX also used sampled sounds of real drums, individual tuning controls for each voice and a swing function to add a little grove. The controls gave the DMX the ability to emulate a real drummer via timing variations, rolls and flams to create a more human “feel”. The DMX has 11 samples, which can be used to create 24 individual drum sounds and allows up to 8 voices simultaneously. It has 8 separate outputs for individual channel processing and holds up to 100 sequences and 50 songs.
The DMX's hard-hitting and convincing drum sound made it attractive to artists and producers in the burgeoning Hip-Hop culture and it is featured on many of the scenes early innovative records. New Order used the DMX to great effect on their 1983 single, “Blue Monday” with its repeating bass drum pattern.
Released in 1987, the E-mu SP-1200 was quickly accepted into the Hip-Hop world due to its limited bandwidth sampling rate, classic 4-pole filter and 12-bit sampling resolution. This all contributed to the unit's gravelly sounds, which have been featured on many hit recordings. The SP-1200's ability to build the main structure of a song within a single piece of gear (a first in the industry) cut Hip-Hop artists loose from the studio to perform live alongside the machine. Famous users include the Beastie Boys, The Prodigy and Daft Punk.
The celebrated Akai MPC was designed by Roger Linn and produced by Akai from 1988 onwards. The MPC allowed artists to use new clever ways to manipulate small samples to create a completely new track. These snippets were often lifted from other records and thus started a new style of “Sound-Collage”. The original MPC60 only allowed sample lengths of up to 13 seconds. Sampling memory was expensive at the time, which steered people to records at higher5 speeds in order to gain more time. The side effect was playback at a lower resolution, which contributed to the grittiness of the sound. Famous users include Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Mark Ronson.
- An amazing drum machine with authentic analog circuitry for classic sound performance.
- Authentic reproduction of the original circuitry with matched transistors
- 8 original drum sounds with mix parameters and the possibility of overall boost
- Authentic and much loved click sound of the DR-110 drum machine
- 6 independent analog outputs for the external processing or recording your rhythms as multi-audio tracks
- Easy-to-use 16-step drum sequencer, with real-time switching between 32 distinct patterns.
- Patterns can be chained together to form complete pieces of up to 250 measures.
- RAT-inspired distortion circuit * to add spice to your sounds.
- 16 authentic style step buttons with LED indicators for easy pattern creation.
- 11 controls and 26 switches to give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- MIDI and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices.
- Synchronization options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal for maximum versatility
- Number of sounds: 8
- Type: Analogue
- Number of simultaneous voices: 8
- Accent: Level
- Bass drum: Level
- Snare: Level
- Low tom, high tom: Level
- Cymbal, clap: Level
- Open hat , closed hat:
- Power input: DC input connector
- Power switch: Push button on / off
- USB (MIDI): USB 2.0, type B
- MIDI In, Out / Thru: 2 x 5-pin DIN
- Start / stop: 1 x 1/4 "TS
- Mix output
1 x 1/4" TS, unbalanced, impedance 1 k?
- Voice output
6 x 1/8 "TS, unbalanced, impedance 100 ?
Sync input / output
- 2 x 1/8 "TRS (tip for the clock and ring for the start message) more than: 2.5 V
- Trigger outputs: LT and HT 2 x +15 V, 1PPS / 24PPQ / 48PPQ pulse length 50%, 2PPQ narrow pulse length.
- Phones: 1 x 1/8 "TRS, stereo, 15 ? impedance
- USB: Class compliant USB 2.0, type B
- Supported operating systems: Windows 7 or higher Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
Model / Storage
- Capacity: 2 x 16 patterns
- Steps: 16 steps
- Power supply: External power adapter 9 V DC, 670 mA
- Power consumption: 2 W max
- Indicator: Power LED
- Operating temperature: 5 ° C - 40 ° C (41 ° F - 104 ° F)
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 56 x 305 x 165 mm ( 2.2 x 12 x 6.5 ")
- Weight: 0.9 kg (2.0 lbs)
- Shipping weight: 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs)