"The classic CR-78, we've used it on our Eagles Cover and 'J'ai Claque La Porte.' What we did for the French song on the album is that we actually separated all the sounds and reprogrammed it ourselves. So we have the sounds from that machine, but we're not using a pre-existing pattern in it."more
"Above the TR77 is the Roland CR78 drum unit. Both these machines have had fine tuning controls added — the original pots as supplied were too coarse. They are never run at the same time because of the problems in synchronising the two together. A very small tempo change in Warren's drumming can quite drastically alter the feel and temperament of a song; 'the psychological aspects of tempo when you're working with drum machines, either playing along with them using acoustic drums like I do on some songs, or just using drum machines entirely on their own, is interesting because it used to be that everyone would tell me the tempo was too fast. But often this was because we were tired, that's all. The 'fine tune' can be used to make adjustments without the rest of the group being aware of any change occuring." "In Ultravox's music the electronic drum complements the acoustic drum so well that the listener might often find it hard to discern one from the other (try listening to "Mr. X" before looking at the music and see if you can tell the difference). A further example is in 'Astradyne', where the metallic cymbal sound comes from the CR78's 'metallic beat.'" - Electronics & Music Maker - Apr 1981more
In this article it states : So my very last question is about any other Roland gear you’ve used over the years? I bought this Roland thing in Japan in January, like a little rhythm box, the thing with the wooden… CR-78? Yeah. I’ve been using that a lot, I really like that and the Space Echo has been like a staple of mine. That was the first bit of analogue equipment I ever bought.more
"I would say the only similarity was to do with the tempo of Northern Soul and our faster numbers. On ‘Tainted Love’ I used a Roland Compurhythm CR78 drum machine, I first used a TR808 on ‘Bedsitter’, the follow-up single. I think that was possibly the first record in the UK Top 10 to use an 808."more
DeMarco wrote some demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an unusual yet eye-opening method for him. He also attributes some of the delay to his exploration of new gear he’d purchased, specifically a CR-78 drum machine, which he used while writing and can be heard on his album tracks for the first time ever. “That thing helped a ton, especially for demoing,” he says. “It’s on the album a lot, maybe four or five songs. I usually demo on a drum machine and then record real drums, but I liked that machine so much I kept it on the album. The majority of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine, and one song is electric guitar." In this interview, Mac describes using the CR-78 on several tracks off of his new album.more
"I wanted to explore these new instruments to find out what they could do. Try to make a new language for them. I’d been working at home with the synth and drum machine. Began in 1978 with an Arp Odyssey, an Elka string machine, a Roland 301 Space Echo and a Roland CR78 drum machine and a four track. " "CM: 'Can we have a list of your gear?' JF: 'I couldn’t possibly list all of Benge’s gear but if I work alone then sometimes I record the CR78 and then work on top of this with both analogue and digital synths and effects. I mainly use the Aryp Odyssey and the Roland Vocoder. I believe in using a limited palette of sounds - with just one or two in real focus for the track. The star sounds. This allows for consistency and some innovation at the same time. Arp Odyssey Arp Sequencer Roland Vocoder Plus Elka Strings Moog Minimoog Roland Juno 60 Roland CR78 Roland 909 Outboard: Roland Space Echo 301 MXR Phaser - orange footwitch type Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger." - Interview, John Foxx - Computer Music Magazine (unknown issue)more
In [this interview](http://www.electricity-club.co.uk/html/int_morris.html), Stephen Morris of Joy Division/New Order explains how this drum machine was used during the making of Joy Division's album *Closer.* "And there was our CR-78 nightmare... have you ever tried programming one? There was this very small black rubber pad, you put that into the programming thing, 'press programme switch while holding...' It's just a mad Roland thing and it doesn't make any sense! We spent the best part of a day trying to programme this bloody thing. I couldn't do it and he couldn't do it. In the end we just used the 'bossa nova' [preset] on it. It wasn't fun but I think it was the only time I've seen Martin as baffled as me! (laughs)"more
Perhaps the best 70's analog drum machine. It is programmable and has trigger outs for syncing other gear with the CR-78. Roland's dedication to performance features can be seen on the 78, with abilities to do fills, muting, etc right on the front panel. Loads of analog tones that drum machines seemed to stray away from once the 80's happened (unfortunately).