MXR @ 17 July 2018, Comments Off on MXR-185 Drum Computer

“Listed is the 2nd of (3) MXR-185 Drum Machines that I accumulated (hoarded as my wife sees it) over the years. Like the one I recently sold, it has been physically and electrically cleaned/conditioned inside and out. Everything(*) operates great, all functions, buttons, sliders and jacks have been checked out.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

MXR @ 26 June 2018, Comments Off on MXR 185

“Listed is a MXR-185 Drum Machine. It has been completely cleaned/conditioned inside and out both physically and electrically. Everything operates great, all functions, buttons, sliders and jacks have been checked out.

Although the sync-to-tape feature has not been verified, I did use TAPE I/O to store, load and verify sequences. The sync to/from tape feature uses mostly the same circuitry, so it should work. The External Trigger Inputs (back Molex connector) work and they can be used to program patterns in addition to the front panel switches. Also, I haven’t tried the External Voice feature.

While this unit is super clean and functions like new, I can’t say its appearance is pristine. It has a few dings here & there but nothing unusual for equipment of this vintage. There are no dents, bends or broken pieces. It just has “character”. These minor blemishes are purely cosmetic and have NO effect on any machine operation or performance. It does look much better than these photos depict.

The major points are:

· All sliders, key switches, jacks & EPROM sockets have been disassembled and meticulously cleaned then treated with CAIG contact products

· New Lithium backup battery installed

· Quality copies of documents: User Manual, User Card and Schematics are included

· All original EPROMs + 5 additional Linn LM-1 sound EPROMs. The LM-1 EPROMs were programmed using factory sourced .bin files (no re-sampled sounds).” Click here to visit listing on eBay

MXR @ 13 December 2016, Comments Off on MXR-185 Project Machine

mxr “UP FOR SALE IS THIS VINTAGE 1983 MXR MODEL 185 DRUM COMPUTER. THIS UNIT WAS PURCHASED NEW IN 1983, USED LIGHTLY IN A HOME STUDIO FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEN PACKED AWAY FOR THE LAST 19 YEARS. THE BAD NEWS: IT IS NOT 100% FUNCTIONAL. I WILL LIST THE ISSUES BELOW WHICH I HAVE DETECTED. THE GOOD NEWS: FIRSTLY IT IS IN EXCELLENT COSMETIC CONDITION. SECONDLY I HAVE A SET OF ROTO TOMS SOUNDS THAT WERE PURCHASED SEPARATELY FROM MXR AND CAN BE INSERTED INTO THE UNIT TO ACCESS THOSE SOUNDS. I AM INCLUDING THESE (SEE PHOTO) IN THE DEAL AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. I ALSO AM INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S MANUAL.
AND BECAUSE OF THESE FUNCTIONAL ISSUES I AM SELLING IT AT BELOW MARKET VALUE. THIS UNIT WOULD BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR ANYONE WHO CAN USE IT AS IS OR REPAIR IT OR MAKE USE OF IT FOR SPARE PARTS. SOME OF THE ISSUES MAY JUST BE DUE TO DIRTY CONTACTS. THIS UNIT HAS 12 INDIVIDUAL DIGITALLY RECORDED DRUM/PERCUSSION SOUNDS. EACH SOUND IS CONNECTED TO ONE OF THE SQUARE BUTTONS WHICH IS DEPRESSED TO SOUND IT. THESE SOUNDS CAN BE OUTPUTTED THROUHG A STEREO OUTPUT AND ALSO VIA INDIVIDUAL OUTPUTS FOR EACH SOUND. THE FOLLOWING SOUNDS WORK NORMALLY THROUGH EITHER THE STEREO OUTPUTS OR THE INDIVIDUAL OUTPUTS: TOM 1, TOM 2, CLAPS, BELL (COWBELL), SNARE, BLOCK, KICK DRUM AND CLICK TRACK. THE CRASH CYMBAL SEEMS TO WORK INTERMITTENTLY WHETHER THROUGH THE STEREO OUTPUTS OR INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT. THE OPEN AND CLOSED HI-HAT, TOM 3 AND RIM SHOT WORK NORMALLY THRU THE INDIVIDUAL OUTPUTS FOR THOSE SOUNDS ONLY, BUT DO SOUND QUITE GOOD. SO TO SUMMARIZE YOU CAN ACCESS 11 OF THE 12 SOUNDS AT LEAST THRU THE INDIVIDUAL OUTPUTS. THE ONLY QUESTIONABLE ONE IS THE CRASH CYMBAL. EACH SOUND HAS IT’S OWN FADER WHICH CONTROLS THE VOLUME OF THAT SOUND WHEN IT IS GOING THRU THE STEREO OUTPUTS. EACH INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT IS NOT AFFECTED BY THAT FADER. THIS WAS DESIGNED TO ALLOW THE USER TO TAKE EACH SOUND OUT TO IT’S OWN CHANNEL ON A MIXER OR A TRACK OF A RECORDER. THERE IS A TEMPO FADER WHICH WORKS NORMALLY AND A PITCH CONTROL AS WELL. THIS UNIT ALLOWS YOU TO CREATE MULTIPLE DRUM PATTERNS AND THEN STRING THEM TOGETHER IN WHATEVER ORDER YOU DESIRE TO CREATE A SONG AND HAS THE CAPACITY TO STORE 100 SONGS. THE MXR DRUM COMPUTER COST ALMOST $1,000 NEW (IN 1983 DOLLARS) AND WAS QUITE A NICE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IN ITS’ DAY.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

MXR @ 20 October 2015, Comments Off on MXR 185 Drum Computer

185 “MXR Drum Computer Model 185 Rare For Fix, unit powers up, I couldn’t get any sound and display doesn’t appear to work properly , power chord is a bit worn and missing one slider. These are hard to find, and would be worth to fix.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

MXR @ 09 June 2015, Comments Off on MXR 185 Drum Computer

m xr185“Unit is in good condition considering its age

Some wood chips on sides and scratches on panel

Battery was replaced with newer style battery holder and new battery

All switches were cleaned with Deoxit and all switches are working well except for block

sound button.

All sliders are working well

Display is working properly” Click here to visit listing on eBay