Korg Rhythm 55B (Mod CV/Gate)

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Korg Rhythm 55B (Mod CV/Gate) - Synth Palace
Korg Rhythm 55B (Mod CV/Gate) - Synth Palace

Korg Rhythm 55B (Mod CV/Gate)

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  • SKU: dru-010
  • Brand: Korg
  • Type: Drum Machine
  • Availability: In Stock



The KR55 was, for its time (1979), an advanced preset rhythm drum machine with up to 96 preset rhythm patterns! These patterns cover the whole gamut of presets (Waltz, Samba, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Slow Rock, Swing, Rock, etc.). The KR55 also featured a "swing beat" control to add a variation to the groove. Each drum sound's level can be individually adjusted for each pattern. It can also be externally controlled via footswitch jack for the Start/Stop and Intro/Fill switches. The KR55B was a black-chassis version released a few years later in 1982 with twice as many rhythm patterns. It has been used by Jean-Michel Jarre, Trio and Depeche Mode.

The more “jazz” version of the iconic and generally superb KR-55, these are great drum machines – this version has 96 rhythm patterns which can then be tweaked by the swing parameter, plus intros and fills, opening up a huge variety of different rhythms. It features a trig out for analogue synths/sequncers. Sonically all-analogue and good and meaty. And no – it’s not all “jazz” stylings! This is a coldwave classic.


Sounds: 12 Tones: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, HiHat x 2, Cymbal, Low Conga, High Conga, Rim Shot, Claves, Cowbell, Tom Tom x 2

Patterns: KR55 - 48 Rhythm patterns: Waltz, Jazz Waltz, Rock, Ballad x 3, 5/4 Beat x 3, Mambo, Rumba, Beguine, Pops x 3, Rock x 12, Disco x 6, Foxtrot, Shuffle, March, Swing x3, Bossanova x3, Chacha, Samba, Afro, Enka, Tango, Habanera

16 Intro Rhythms

16 Fill-In Rhythms

KR-55B - 96 Rhythm patterns

Controls: Level for each Drum Sound, Tempo, Swing Beat, Start/Stop, Intro/Fill

Keyboard: None

Effects: None

Control: Start/Stop and Intro/Fill functions triggered by external footswitch


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