October 21, 2006

On The Hunt...

by Chris Randall

Dear Lazyweb:

There was a big studio in NYC auctioning some "bottom of the closet" shit in the late 80s (89, I think) and I went, and one of the things they had was this drum machine thing. The tag said "used by Thomas Dolby" but I don't have any proof of that. It was orange, and looked vaguely like a PET computer or TRS80 was a parent. That is to say it was an all-in-one computer lookin' thing. Where the keyboard should be were a couple dozen keys, and the rest of the keyboard (where the rest of the keys should be) was filled in with a plastic fascia.

Any idea as to what this was? If my memory serves me, it was called the Drum-Puter or something similar. One of my dear readers must have run across this beast, or possibly owns one. I don't know why, but it has been scratching my brain lately, and curiosity has over-ridden.



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Oct.21.2006 @ 6:37 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, at the time I was fairly certain that one on MusicThing was what I was talking about. Now, I'm not so certain. I'm positive it didn't have a full keyboard or that jank to the side of the screen. The screen was definitely bigger. However, it was orange, and the form factor is correct. There must be another revision of that device.



Oct.22.2006 @ 5:11 PM
I saw one of these at a store in Hollywood a few years back. That "jank to the side of the screen" is definitely modular and I was under the impression that those were the analog drum voices. I wonder if there was a version minus those modules that acted as just a sequencer or something.

Oct.24.2006 @ 4:29 AM
I probably saw the same one in Hollywood... at Future Music on Sunset?

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