Up for sale, a Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, recently serviced and complete with a Future Retro Swynx controller. Possibly best known as the intro drum machine on Phil Collins' “In the Air Tonight” (not THE legendary fill, mind you), the CR-78 has been a staple rhythm box for decades, from Tears For Fears to Radiohead.
Introduced in 1978, the CR-78 was the first of its kind to feature a microprocessor, with the ability to store user-created patterns via RAM memory, as well as create custom rhythm patterns by blending and altering the presets. There are 34 preset rhythms available, with 30 programmable presets.
The Tempo can be adjusted on the front with a large control knob and can also be synced via V-Trig clock pulse. The included Future Retro Swynx replaces the need for a WS-1 or TS-1 programmer, allowing the CR-78 to play in time with other MIDI devices, and most importantly, swing its internal patterns.
The sounds are unmistakably analog and instantly recognizable, with compressed, pillowy yet bold accents, and fat kick and snare sounds that can get crunchy and punchy. There are 14 tones, including Kick, Snare, Rim, Cow Bell, HiHats, Cymbals, Congas, Bongos, Tambourine, and Guiros.
The iconic, colorful, borderline Fisher Price-looking front control panel is intuitive to use with big, satisfying buttons and knobs. Cosmetically, this CR-78 is incredibly well preserved with pristine graphics and all of the original buttons, knobs, and sliders intact.