The CR-78 has always been one of my favorite vintage drum machines. Made famous by Phil Collins in the 1980s in brilliant mixtures of CR-78 with his incredible drumming, I think the sound of this machine is forever engraved inside of our heads. I’ll always feel like I’m cruising down A1A with Crockett and Tubbs in a Ferrari when I hear those smooth sounding wood blocks and filtered fuzzy snare drums.
Boxed Ear has offered up a great selection of free samples and loops from the CR-78 that you can download very easily from their site.
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Here’s the classic “In the air tonight” which uses the CR-78 as the main rhythm verse.
If you’re a super nerd, take a look at this CR-78 tee shirt below