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Happy #606day

Roland fetes its classic drum machine, Monade Sounds offers cheaper option

2016 Jun 06     
2 Bit Thugs

Pure606 is available now for the ridiculously low price of just $9

Today is #606day, or at least it is if you follow Roland on Twitter, with users posting pictures of their vintage TR-606 drum machines to mark the famous drum machine's 25th 'birthday'.

Launched in 1981, the TR-606 was the drum companion to the TB-303 bass synth. It was later superseded by the TR-808 and TR-909, but can still be heard on countless early house, garage and techno productions, and remains a favourite with the likes of Richie Hawtin, Aphex Twin and Autechre. But if you want to get hold of one, you're looking at shelling out at least a few hundred pounds for a secondhand machine.

Help is at hand for cash-strapped producers, though, in the form of Pure606, a new emulation instrument from Monade Sounds. The VST/AU plug-in for Mac and Windows offers 15 kits: one consists simply of sampled sounds from a real hardware 606, the other 14 have been run through an array of vintage outboard sound processors to give the aspiring producer a wider selection of drum sounds to choose from. 

Onboard FX are limited to compression and reverb, but at this bargain price there's not really much room for complaining about that!

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Tags: Roland, TR-606, VST, AU, plug-in, drum synth