In the music business (as
in life), very little is truly original and most ideas are usually
a progression on what has come before. From the MiniMoog, for example,
came the Odyssey.... the same basic idea but with ARP's take on
However, every now and then, the industry throws up a
product that is so blatantly a rip-off of another that it's quite
beyond belief that it was allowed to continue production.
One such product was the Sound Master SR-88. You only
have to look at the panel to see that it's a clone of the Boss DR55
- it offers the same specs, the same number (and type) of sounds
and pretty much the same simple programming and playback method.
The sound generation process was also the same using simple analogue
circuits to produce the four sounds on offer (kick, snare, hi-hat