With that in mind, Roland
released the budget TR505 that combined basic drums sounds and a
few LA percussion samples in one convenient, cost effective package
opening up the drum machine market to an even wider market of beatbox
The 505 also broke away from Roland's 'traditional' step-time
programming method for patterns and instead, patterns were enterd
in real-time (with quantise of course). The pads weren't velocity
sensitive though and dynamics were achieved using the 'ACCENT' pad
(as was common on drum machines at the time).
But despite the compromises and economies made to bring
the humble 505 to the market at a budget price, it was a surprisingly
capable little treasure with punchy and highly usable (12-bit) sounds
that stand up well even today.
Hollow Sun contributor, Greg
Thomas, kindly donated the full soundset from the TR505.