"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
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
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).