MATRIXSYNTH: Rhythm Machines: The rise and fall of the presets by Alex Graham

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rhythm Machines: The rise and fall of the presets by Alex Graham

Update: An updated Rhythm Machines III is now available.

via Amazon:

"At last… an A to Z of drum machines. RHYTHM MACHINES documents the rise and fall of the preset drum machines that emerged in the late 1960s, and were manufactured in large numbers until the emergence of the programmable drum machines in the early 1980s. Nearly three hundred units are detailed here, with two hundred pages packed with colour and monochrome photographs of these highly collectable rhythm units. From Ace Tone to Korg, Roland to Yamaha – the book has detailed information on all units released by both the well-known and obscure instrument manufacturers. RHYTHM MACHINES is an essential guide for instrument collectors, drum machine enthusiasts and recording artists."

"Alex Graham is a musical instrument collector and drum machine enthusiast."


  1. RHYTHM MACHINES 3 FROM DECLINE TO RETRO DESIGN is out now (Feb 2018) on and Features all programmable drum machines released from 1990 to 2017. Has about 85 drum machines featured, a great companion to the earlier book.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. Post updated and I put a new post up to let people know here.



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