Date = 1972

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 8

Rhythms = 9 (Preset)

Rhythm Combining = Yes







Hey! Stick on a strap and a TV screen and you've got a ringer for Spock's Tri-Corder. This thing is about as kitsch as it gets...

This is the Ace Tone FR-5C and we've never seen another one like it. If you do have one somewhere, let us know... There's nothing whatsoever on the net about this machine and until we saw this baby for sale, we didn't know it existed!

So what do we have here in this little unassuming beatbox of bygone times? Well, it's pretty basic in that it offers up a serving of nine fairly standard organ accompaniment beats and delivers them without fuss using a few simple analogue percussion voices.

It doesn't seem to be similar to anything else out at the time so we doubt this was licensed and cloned. It's just a one-off oddity really and something which beatbox-heads such as ourselves find very hard to resist.







So what does this thing sound like? Well there's one way to find out and that's to click our handy "Listen To My Beats" link, (above) and put this thing through its paces.

We love it! Mainly because the hi-hat is mushy, fuzzy and sounds like an aerosol can jamming with a phaser pedal. The kick is quite brutal and in your face (a bit like a lump of concrete landing on your foot) and the snare (if you can call it that) is like the sound of thruster jets in space manoeuvring the lunar module...







...yes! We know there's no sound in space but when you watch as many crap '60s Sci-Fi flicks as we do, you learn to ignore the tech.

In short, this thing sounds nothing like real drums and is 100% fromage... yummy!

It does have a rather nice conga and clave but these aren't quite so freaky so they kind of let the side down a bit but it also has a BIG red light on top that flashes bright enough to bring down low flying aircraft!







Ok! So you can tell by now that there was no way to take this one too seriously. It doesn't offer anything particularly revolutionary.

What it does do is produce the kind of sounds that will make people ask you "what the hell is making that noise?" You can't ask for more than that and this thing is just gagging to end up underpinning some spacey electro mix, no doubt about it.

What we've done to bring this strange creature into your studios is to record all 9 patterns (yeah, go on, count them) PLUS another 37 beats of every possible combination rhythm you can get out of this thing. So that's a total of 46 beats.







We considered producing a single hits package but gave up on that one right away as there isn't a single beat on this machine that doesn't have a hi-hat ticking away over it. So in short, there won't be any unless we can figure out how to get multiple outputs fitted and we doubt that would happen because we hate modding rare stuff like this and prefer to keep things original... just the way some mad boffin intended back in '72.







Sample Pack Info:











Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

This sample set contains 46 four bar loops of each preset rhythm, plus every possible combination rhythm you can get by pushing in two rhythm buttons at once... sweet!

Not this time.. sorry.







What's so special about these sample packs? Quite simply, there isn't anywhere on the internet or in any commercial sample library where you can get this stuff. We made these samples because nobody else has.







All Dubsounds sample packs are sampled directly from our own drum machines. They are definitely NOT ripped from sample CD's, unlike many you see on Ebay at the moment, (which is a bit sad). All the rhythms are recorded directly into Pro-Tools from the machine's audio output and are not equalised, compressed or effected in any way. We want you to have the closest thing to the real machine as possible but with the added benefits of seamless integration into your VST host. The only thing we have done is to CAREFULLY remove any unwanted electrical noise and hum present in the signal, (if required) and taking extreme care to avoid damaging the delicate percussive transients. These samples were made for our own use first and foremost!







FR-5C - Rhythm Ace - 47 loops - (25Mb download)








Please note:

Before buying; please make sure that you have read the information on the drum sounds intro page