"I usually start with the drums and then add the bass", explains Leer. "The drum sounds can vary - lately I've been using a Roland TR626, but the sounds aren't particularly brilliant on that, so I supplement it with samples from the Akai. The way I write can vary from song to song. Sometimes the chords will all be there in my head, and I'll sit down at the keyboard and pick them out - building the rhythm around them. Other times I will just be looking for inspiration, so I'll start with a rhythm part and fiddle around until something starts happening. Then again, sometimes Claudia will give me the completed lyrics, and they'll trigger off a rhythmic or melodic idea."more
out of the box, might seem sort of drab but it responds to effects well and the multiple outputs are handy for adding effects to only one part (like snare or hats only), sequencing is ok but ive been using preset patterns and focusing more on tweaking sounds by circuit bending and adding effects etc. sounds GREAT through a decent compressor (wakes its sound up a lot.) lots of great low bit sounds can come from this if you have a soldering iron.
Contains the sounds of the TR-707/TR-727, though the 626 sound a bit tamer for some reason. It has a trigger out and individual outs. It is a useful addition if you want some of those classic mid-80's Roland sounds (conga, bongos, rimshot, etc) but don't want to buy a 707 and 727. The programming is easier than you would think, but again, it is no 707 in that department.