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Korg DDD-1

info Country: Japan
Weight: 3,2 Kg
Dimensions: 411 (W) x 263 (D) x 65 (H) mm
audio demo trend price : 150€
manual demo video comments

Korg DDD-1
Dynamic Digital Drums (1986)

 

One of the firtst affordable digital drum machine with internal sequencer and 12 bits samples from this era.

tech

info DRUM MACHINE Main panel features a 16 x 2 lines backlit LCD display, 14 touch-sensitive pads, 32 push buttons and 2 sliders.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- Midi IN / OUT
- TAP tempo input
- 2 pedalswitch inputs for FILL-IN and start/stop function
- tape interface
- headphones out
- stereo out + 7 analog outs
- trigger out with polarity inversion
- metronome out
- 4 card slots for PCM waveforms + 1 RAM slot


 

edit SYSTEM main cpu 8 bits 78C10 (e.g NEC d78) manages 12 voices polyphony.
Each voice has an assigned PCM waveform or sample on internal EPROM, then sample can be edited with some parameters on the matrix chart system:

oepration

- 7 stereo panning positions

- individual analog output assignement.

- tune pitch (range: 128 steps)
demo Hear

 

 


edit WAVETABLE the DDD-1 is a rompler machine with a 18 PCM ROM on board at crunchy 12 bits resolution mainly classic percussions.

wave pcm PCM list: kick (x2), snare (x2), rimshot, hihat (x4), rides, crash, handclap, tomtom (x3), cowbell and cabasa.




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PERFORMANCE each sound can be played in 3 different modes:

- MONO: sound is retriggered at each press

- POLY: sound finishes the EG at retrig (possible overlap)

- EXCLUSIVE for hihat :open and close hihat cannot be played together
korg ddd1

 


edit EXPANSION the DDD1 can be expanded using the optional and rare DSB-1 sampling board:

sampling

DSB-1 sampling board TECH

- 13,6 / 23,1 Khz
- max recording time of 3.2 sec.

NOTE: recorded samples cannot be edited more than standard internal PCM.



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ENVELOPE only the decay (16 steps) can be set for each percussion.

decay

TIP: Pads sensibilities can be also set from the edit interface.

demo Hear decay on crash



edit SEQUENCER patterns can be recorded in 2 modes:
- Real-time with metronome (quantisizer resolution from 1/4 to 1/96)
- Step by step mode.

decay

Internal tempo can be set from 40 to 250 BPM (with possible speed variation an time signature) or sync to external Midi clock, tape sync, trigger in, tap button or pedalswitch tap. Roll, flames swing options (50-80%) are also programmable.

demo Hear sequence




edit MIDI
sound mapping can be edited but no advanced exclusives management - of course sounds can be triggered by Midi with velocity but no special Control Change.




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MEMORY:
- 10 songs
- 4458 notes
- 100 patterns
- 9999 bars.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
: a 3V CR-2032 soldered to the main board, a bit of skill is requirent for replacement. The recorded sequences can be stored to different destinations: magnetic tapes, Midi exclusives and RAM card model MCR-02 (128kb) but also compatible with MCR-03 (256kb) widely more used by workstation synthesizers like classic Korg M1.



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MODIFICATIONS the most common modification is the circuit bending process for experimental lo-fi noises.

korg ddd1 circuitbending

LEFT - picture of a model we made - SOON SOME SAMPLES.

 

demo HEAR circuit bending


 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

KORG DDD-5

DDD-5 little budget brother with less analog outs, but also different soundset, more samples and some rhythm presets. Less card slots, pads and no sampling option


KORG DRM-1

DRM-1 rackmount version with analog trigger and Midi. It features 23 PCM samples (different DDD1/DDD5 set) that can be phase-changed.
The DRM-1 needs a special remote control to be operated: do not buy one without or you won't be able to use it.

Blofeld attack expansion

SQD1 the sequencer in the series, looks like the same VIDEO

 

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

FREE Logic-caffe FREE
DDD1 sample pack

 

 

demoSUPPORT POLYNOMINAL.COM

manual

PCM MEMORY CARD FOR SALE

for DDD5/DDD5/DRM1

-> actually on EBAY
Korg DDD- 1/5/drm PCM variation1 ddc c02 INFO
Korg DDD - 1/5/drm PCM fusion 1 ddc a04 INFO
Korg DDD- 1/5/drm PCM brushing 1 ddc a07 INFO
Korg DDD- 1/5/drm PCM cymbal 1 ddc d01 INFO

 

 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo factory demo 1
demo factory demo 2
demo factory demo 3
demo snare pitch change from lowest
demo crash decay test from longest
demo ddd1 circuit bending exemples



video VIDEO SELECTION

demo 1 demo2 demo3
demo1 demo2 with Korg Poly800

 

 

 

Company: Korg
Model: DDD-1
Class: Drum machine
Dates: 1986
Display: 16 x 2 backlit LCD
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Resolution: 12 bits
Polyphony:12 voices
Sounds: 18
Sequencer: 4458 notes
Sync: Midi clock
MIDI: IN / OUT
CPU: 78C10 Zilog
Demo: 6


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MANUAL

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SERVICE MANUAL



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FACTORY RESET PROCEDURE


HOLD YES AND NO, THEN SWITCH ON

 

 

 

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REVIEW "A pretty punchy 12 bits machine with good drum sequencer. Multi outs and Rom cards are good extra features."

manual manual
-12 bits crispy - poor edit interface
-cheap
- obsolete

 

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