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TR 606

Drumatix Computer Controlled

Other names for this product: TR606, 606,
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Description: The Roland TR-606 is a portable, economical, automatic and fully programmable rhythm device, which can memorize your own rhythms with exceptional flexibility. With it you can write and record different percussive rhythms into non-volatile memory (battery back-up), with up to seven different drum sounds plus accent. Then you can adjust the volume of each percussion sound with individual level controls for full flexibility over the final mix. (Taken from the users manual).





Some tips from tr606 users (from Hyperreal)

annemiek suggests using the trigger outputs as instruments in their own right. You will have to be careful not to blow your speakers, but if it's mixed properly you can get some really sharp electro-esque drumsounds from them.


Philip McGarva has noticed that if you trigger the 606 by external sync you can still use its tempo knob to alter the decay of the open hi hat.


sutekh reminded us that if you leave the batteries of the 606 out long enough, you will end up getting a range random patterns which (assuming you're into that sort of thing) can sound pretty cool. Remember to reset the pattern length to 16 steps though!

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Video: Roland TR-606 "Drumatix" Analogue Drum Machine

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Added 1/26/2010 6:40:43 PM by kevin.dehan

Hello, I also just bought a second hand TR-606. The machine composes patterns just fine, but when I compose a rhythm track, the machine seems a little haywire. I can't tell if this is due to the fact that the machine is referencing the previous owner's preset rhythm tracks and I need to delete them somehow or if the machine needs repair. What do you think? THX!

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Added 11/30/2009 9:01:53 PM by EternalSound

Jason, Perhaps when you changed the batteries the last step got changed to 7, or the time signature got changed. If this is the case put the 606 in pattern write mode then hold the function key and press the 16th step key. This should reset the pattern length to 16. Also make sure the scale pattern is set to 4/4 time. To do this enter pattern write mode then hold the funtion key and move the scale slider to position 1.

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Added 9/16/2009 4:39:27 PM by jason hanger

Hi I have recently bought a second hand Drumatix TR-606, however, the batteries in it were weak and the other day when i went to use it. they were dead. Now with new batteries the drum red leds only light up to the 7th and not all the way to the 16th. Can anyone tell me how to reset this back to normal. Many thanks Jason

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Files
TR-606_Operation_Manual.pdf
   The Usersmanual TR606. From www.monophonic.org, check out their site for more stuff.
tr606.jpg
   Picture of the TR606
tr606.jpg
   Picture of the TR606
TR-606_Schematics.pdf
   TR606 Schematics, PCB-layout and Pinconfiguration for some of the circuitry used.
artikel beatbox2.jpg
   "The Beat Generation" article about the progress of drummachines. Page 2 of 2
roland.TR-606.schem-1.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 1 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-2.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 2 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-3.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 3 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-4.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 4 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-5.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 5 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-6.gif
   Schematics of the TR606 Page 6 of 6 (from machines.hyperreal.org)
roland.TR-606.schem-5-small.gif
   Smaller picture of the whole schematics for the TR606.
output1.txt
   This text file describes an easy method of adding individual outputs for each of your 606 drumsounds
output2.txt
   This text file describes an easy method of adding individual outputs for each of your 606 drumsounds
bassdrum.txt
   This describes how to fatten up your 606 bassdrum. It's definitely a must - after you've heard a mod
finger.txt
   Try this out.. open your 606. on the right side of the mode selection
ouch.txt
   Dont do this "mod" if you don't know what youre doing...
snare.txt
   Snare pitch/tone modification
tempo.txt
   Fine tempo modification
various.txt
   Various modifications for the tr606
battery.txt
   the last word on saving your patterns
breaks.txt
   Making grungy breaks on your 606 isn't as hard as you would think. It mainly
live.txt
   606 as a Live machine: In the 606 manual it advises stopping the pattern running before changing
serial.txt
   Roland's 606 updates and when they happenned
shuffle.txt
   How to make your 606 Shuffle: Okay there are three ways to make your 606 shuffle like a 909 or 707
specs.txt
   Because the official 606 specs are written in Roland's obscure ManualLanguage
reference_card.jpg
   TR606 Reference card
bd_diagramme_modif.jpg
   Schematics for the Bassdrum mod by confused machines
Links
http://www.tb303.at/
   MIDI303 Interface for TB-303, TR-606, SH-101 and many other Synths ...
http://machines.hyperreal.org/manuf
   Geoff Waterson 606 Mods
home.netspeed.com.au/aistorm/tr606.
   Mungo Enterprises Roland TR-606 Moda
www.confusedmachines.com
   confused machines | v.02 | tr-606 mods and modifications
machines.hyperreal.org/manufacturer
   Drum Antix - the 606 page!
www.angelfire.com/il/cyborgzerotech
   Custom Knobs and Cases
www.monophonic.org/tr606.htm
   the TR606 page at Monophonic.org
machines.hyperreal.org/manufacturer
   Music Machines online manual for the TR606
Manufacturers
Roland
   The company that gave us the TB-303, SH-101, MC-202 and the TR series of drummachines,
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