Presented in 1978, the Roland Compu Rhythm CR-78 is by far one of the most revered rythm machines. It came with 34 built in preset rhythm patterns (Rock, Disco, Waltz, Shuffle, Slow Rock, Swing, etc…)
Even if its program capabilities were poor and rudimentary, the groove of its included rhythms and the pure rawness of its sound made it a classic used by iconic musicians from very different genres (think of Phill Collins, Fatboy Slim, Blondie, etc…)
The Roland CR-78 sound is beautiful. That’s why we have maintained our “raw” philosophy by carefully sampling the drum machine through top class preamps (Neve 1073 to UA2192 converters) with no further compression or processing.
But… Since this machine is slightly limited in sound design possibilities we decided to also include layered, re-pitched, filtered and tape saturated versions of the original samples to offer a more diverse and playable sound pack staying true to the original.
Besides the one shot samples we decided to also include the precious built-in rhythm loops. We first recorded all the loops at 124bpm.
But carefully listening to the original machine playing at 90bpm gave us a different feeling than playing it at 124bpm. Things were walking a lil bit funkier…
So, we decided to sample it again at 90bpm, ending with loops for fast (electronic) and slow (funky) songs.
Not happy with that extra care we decided to re-sample all the loops adding some filtering and tape saturation.
An homage to a classic, with a twist that oozes the HelloSamples savoir-faire!