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This is from 1991. When you listen to the preset patterns you might guess that this was used in the actual top 40 R&B hits of the day but then realize they were trying to imitate the hits from the last few years (87' - 90'). Pretty solid sounding since it has a higher sample rate. It was a competitor to the Roland R8 but I think the RY30 has more sounds.
This definitely falls under the category of "forgotten gear" — most people have never heard of it, and mine had been sitting in a closet for years. Whoops! I bought this in 1993, and at the time it was a more budget-friendly competitor to the Roland and Korg drum machines of the era. It will never touch an 808 or even a TR-8 in the fatness department, but it does have some interesting features. There is an expansion card slot for adding new kits, and when is the last time you've seen a drum machine with a pitch wheel? If you like drum machines, you can probably find one of these for a song. As for mine...I recently dusted it off and inserted it into my studio for the first time in ages. Let's see what can be done!