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Roland TR-33

28-Apr-2017

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Roland TR-33



Category:  Products / drum / old analog drums

Added: 03-Feb-01  |  Author: admin

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Roland TR-33

Roland TR-33 - the 'RHYTHM 33', and like the TR-55, released in 1972 - here's the blurb text from Rolands brochure released at the time...


  • Compact deluxe rhythm to attach at keyboard level of organ.
  • Electrostatic Touch start-stop switch without mechanical noise.
  • Up-tempo double-time switch for added interest to rhythm patterns.
  • You can tailor the patterns to suit yourself.
  • Diode flashes in time with the rhythm.
  • Attaches easily to any organ or piano.


  • Rhythm selectors: 8 buttons, waltz, slow rock, rockn roll, bossa-nova, mambo, cha-cha, beguine, rhumba, 2 beat, 4 beat
  • 2 beat variations: bass drum, bass and snare drum, fox trot 1, swing 1, march, parade
  • 4 beat variations: bass drum, bass and snare drum, fox trot 2, swing 2, swing 3, tango
  • Voices: bass drum, low conga, high conga, cowbell, rim-shot, claves, snare drum, high-hat, cymbal, maracas
  • Controls: volume with power switch, balance, tempo, up tempo, touch start
  • Features: up tempo (double speed), touch start
  • Dimension: 120 (H) x 220 (W) x 260 (D) mm (4.7" x 8.7" x 10.2")
  • Weight: 3 kg (6.6 lbs).




well , what a cracker eh!?... the TR-33 first baby of the Roland TR range i think... anyone actually used one or own one ?... please leave your comments...













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Product:  Roland - TR-33
Name: Six String Beat Box Death Chant
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Date: 19-Dec-03

We use the Roland Rhythm 33 exclusively in our band. Our singer Lee straps it on guitar-style and manipulates the beats while I play ambient-metal guitar loops and riffs in the background. 100% essential gear for our sound ( Lee found it pawn-shop style for five bucks).

Surprisingly versatile, the 33 has a 'balance' knob which lets you fade / mix between the "low" sounds ( bass drum and toms) and the white noise sounds ( snare / hi hats). The up-tempo button is great - you can go from dub-like pulsing early 80's Genesis pulses to Atari Teenage Riot digital hardcore in a push and a sweep. Plus, there are six different variations for each preset beat (and infinite fades / mixes within each). The on - off button is an electrostatic touch-sensitive metal bar (like those lamps you can touch anywhere with your fingers & they come on), which can make for cool, static-free starts and stops when you're rocking the thing.

A limited palate of sounds, to be sure - but a lot of versatility if you like that low tech 70's drum machine sound...like Six String Beat Box Death Chant does!

I will try to post some samples asap - cheers!

-Guy
s.s.b.b.d.c.

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Product:  Roland - TR-33
Name: Lee
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Date: 07-Feb-04

I have a TR33 and it's a machine like no other. People don't know what to make of it and it's tin man sound. Turn all the knobs to full and walk off the stage....

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Product:  Roland - TR-33
Name: Laco
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Activity: part-timer
Date: 28-Aug-08

Yeh ! I've got one !!!! in pretty well working condition. Mono, no programming, no midi, just a few factory rythmes & knobs to use with your imagination :-) Generaly I love vintage stuff and this thing is my favorite one :-) I'm pretty busy these days, but I'll try to upload some samples on my web site asap ...

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Product:  Roland - TR-33
Name: JEAN-MARC TURGEON
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Date: 14-Jan-11

hello !

I do have a TR-33 Roland wich i am not using anymore; has been bought new in my family since new; perfect condition with copy of manual instruction; For sale: If anyone interested, please let me know; thanks.
(located in Montreal, Canada )

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Product:  Roland - TR-33
Name: Paul FitzZaland
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Date: 15-Nov-12

I just recently got a TR-33. I noticed it screwed to the keyboard on an old organ that was listed as free in the local online classifieds. Since then I've picked-up two more organs with similar after-market rhythm boxes attached. I remove the drum machines and donate the organs back to the local thrift shop. (In one case I also pilfered the spring reverb)

The TR-33 is simple and simply awesome. Crisp, clean, analogue sounds, classically cheesy preset rhythms, and just enough variation possibilities to keep it interesting. You can't really program it but that's OK. The built-in rhythms are very usable for a variety of musical styles.

My only wish is that the TR-33 had some way to sync the clock to other gear. I remember seeing that someone had hacked into theirs and added some sync and trigger inputs. I'm going to try to do the same.

Overall the sound quality of the TR-33 is excellent and the functions are perfect for what they are meant to do. Also the weird shape of the TR-33 makes it easy to mount out of the way under a keyboard, shelf, or the edge of a desk.

Since you see them hanging under free organs you can't beat the price.

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