At the time, this was considered a major downside....
now, of course, it's a major part part of this drum machine's appeal!
It had a cartridge port to bring in other sounds and for the first
time on a drum machine, the Tom's custom LSI allowed a 'reverse'
function. It also had a ROLL function which you could use to repeat
sounds at the current quantise value. All were innovations at the
However, it was only 4-voice polyphonic so dense patterns were
not easily created. It also only had stereo outputs - no individual
outs. But it was relatively inexpensive (£600 ??), easy to
use and sounded good for the time/price. The sounds are still favoured
in certain musical genres today.