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Viscount R64 S PCM

 

 

 

Viscount R64 S PCM

audio demo Country: Italy
Weight: 5 Kg
Dimensions: n/a
audio demo price trend: 100€
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Viscount R64S
PCM drum machine (198x)

 

Italian preset drum machine based on really lo-fi 8-bits samples with rhythm patterns. The "S" version is a minor hardware revision from previous R64, but it seems to be the same with no noticeable differences.

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info DRUM MACHINE main panel features no display, 2 knobs for volume and tempo, 6 knobs for individual instruments mix (some are circuit-shared) and 28 buttons for pattern control.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- main analog signal out + separate snare-kick out
- headphones out
- start stop pedalswitch
- break/fill pedalswitch
- claps solo pedalswitch
- trigger out (3 tempo dividers)

 


 

edit VOICE machine handles 6 channels polyphony based on PCM samples.

r64 tecg edit No display, straightforward: select a rhythm and press Start. Cool eh?

 

edit SAMPLES 11 PCM samples coded at 8 bits resolution: kick, snare, tomtom (x2), rimshot, hihats, claves, bongo, agogo, handclaps and cymbals. Sounds are sampled from real drums and are pretty short on memory, only volume can be changed.

mixer editToo bad there's no pitch/decayedit



edit EPROM MEMORY

eprom editM2732A. EPROM NMOS 32K



edit RHYTHM there are 64 preset patterns on 4 banks: quite all kind of music styles are there e.g rock, disco, samba, jazz, bossanova, slow, tarantella, rhythm and blues and more - sadly patterns cannot be edited but they do have 3 minor variation controls:

preset - 3 cancel modes for Bongo/Conga, Agogo, Claves/Cowbell
- pattern break
- 2 Claps fill modes.


demohear funky rock pattern

 

 

edit SYNC the trigger option syncs analog machines like other drum machines or synthesizers arpeggiators.

sync


editI tried to slave both R64 and Roland Juno-60 and worked flawless. Note that you can change the OUT dividers values on the back panel switch to match the wished tempo. Juno60-R64 Sync on the DEMO section.
This function allows to make some pretty interesting and fun jam session with many compatible hardware, and best of all, the timing is perfect, much more better than classic Midi clock.

edittwo synched machine! click on pic to magnify





edit TECH The R64 is very difficult to repair, quite impossible for now.

r64 motherboard

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R64 motherboard The R64 voice board is wrapped in a black resin block, probably a protection from copyright-thieves but this does not help any technical repairs for sure. - click to magnify

 


clean pots

edit typical issues are buttons that need cleaning as well as pots.

 

 

edit RELATED FAMILY:

Viscount r64 pcm


edit Model PCM64 and PCM64S are quite similar with just some minor differences on the board, but they do sound the same.

 

 

edit GALLERY:

Tr909


editViscount R64 S PCM with friends: Tr909 tb303, tr606 and ultimate sound DS-4 Tokyo Gakki


Company: Viscount
Model: R64 S PCM
Class: Drum machine
Dates: 198x
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Resolution: 8 bits
Polyphony: 6 voices
N.PCM: 11 waves
Filter: none
LFO: none
Envelope: none
Sequencer: preset
Variation: 3 modes
Rhytm Banks: 4
Memory: 64 patterns
SYNC: trigger

 

demoDEMO:

demo Disco samba pattern
demo funky rock pattern
demo disco pattern
demo sync mode with Juno60 arpeggiator

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RTE circuit OS EPROM
awardSPECIAL AWARDS:
solid
Cheesy preset

solid
Unreliable


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REVIEW: "A fun but very limited box, but sync option is nice for sure.

Resin- enclosed voice board is a big trouble for future repairs."

manual manual
- Exotic -voiceboard resin enclosure
- SYNC
limited -edit

 

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viscount r64 2 out of 5 based on 27 ratings. price €100