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Roland M-DC1 Preset Beats

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Preset beats sampled of a Roland M-DC1, a classic drum machine used as the mainstay of the happy hardcore genre, also extensively used in UK drum&bass records of the mid 1990s.

Fans of The Prodigy will like these beats, and this machine (the very one!) was used almost almost exclusively for the drums on 90s girlgroup Eternal’s Always And Forever album.

No BPMs, but all samples are approx 2 bars long with a 1 sec gap between them. There’s a left-bias on the stereo as one of my compressor leads is f**ked and I haven’t the cash at the moment to get a better one, though should sound OK using the left channel as a mono source. I may have exported to mono anyway!

After doing this looks like the folks at synthmania.com have sampled this already and cut up into nice loops!

Here’s the Roland M-DC1, more or less a hardware version of Roland’s SR-JV80-06 Dance expansion board.

This module provides “a rich variety of the phrase loops needed for the contemporary dance music scene, as well as voice, SE, bass, and lead sounds” (from the manual)

Since that “contemporary dance music scene” was 1995, some of the loops and sounds feel a bit dated, buy hey, many of them have become classics in their own right.

The loops on this machine are phenomenal, rich, fat, full and definitely head-nodding material. As it was popular in the ’90s, real drum loops are mixed with the two dance staples, the TR-909 and TR-808.

"Roland M-DC1 Preset Beats"
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