Roland CR-68
Roland CR-68

CR-68, Caja de Ritmos from Roland.

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moosers 09/09/2010

Roland CR-68 : la opinión de moosers (content in English)


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The Roland CR-68 is a vintage drum machine that was first made in the late 1970's. This was one of the first drum machines ever made, along with the CR-78. It comes in a little box and is from before the days when MIDI was a standard so there aren't any MIDI connections. I don't know if it has any connections at all, as when I've used it it has just been inside of the box.


It takes a little bit of getting used to, but the Roland CR-68 is a fairly straight forward drum machine. Perhaps at the time the make up would have been a bit more foreign, but now that the world has gotten used to drum machines, these parameters should seem somewhat familiar to experienced users. It's got a series of different patterns to work with, along with a variety of rhythm shaping parameters. I've never seen the manual for the CR-68...


As far as the sounds on the Roland CR-68 are concerned, this has the exact sounds that should come to mind when you think of an old school drum machine. This drum machine has definitely been used on a ton of records from this time period, as it's a very familiar sort of cheesy drum sound. By modern standards it is certainly not an ideal drum machine if you're looking to get something close to real sounding, but for getting that cheesy analog/vintage drum machine sound, this is where it's at.


The Roland CR-68 is a bona fide classic and should be treated as thus and take it for what it is. It reinvented the wheel in it's time, even if the sounds aren't what you would look for if you want a modern sounding drum sound. However, for those looking to turn back the years a bit, the Roland CR-68 is a lot of fun to mess around with and can certainly work in modern music if this is the type of sound you're going for. Definitely mess around with this thing if you ever get the chance...