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Rare Russian Dragon RD-2 rack mount rhythm accuracy indicator

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This Russian Dragon RD-2 is a very rare device. It's the rack mount version of Jeanius Electronic's Russian Dragon: "The musician's visual rhythm accuracy indicator." As the manual says, "For the first time it is possible to visually monitor a musician's timing." Seeing the accuracy of your time sense displayed in the RD-2's lights can be an eye-opening experience, if somewhat scary.

The Russian Dragon takes two audio inputs, a reference ("click") input and an input from the instrument to be checked. It compares the timing and shows whether the instrument is Rushin' or Draggin'.

The original price was around $500 in the late 1980s.
This is the rare RD-2 (see the nameplate in one photo and the CLEAR switch on the front panel) not the more common RD-R or RD-T.

I'm the original owner, and I saved the original manual that came with it.

Two quotes from the prosoundweb forum:

    "The basic concept of the unit is to provide an accurate method of determining which of two different audio signals came first -- a perennial problem in the recording industry since the first drummer played along to a click track -- and one which has been further compounded since the arrival of frame accurate sequencers and MIDI triggered samplers. The Russian Dragon offers a finite LED display capable of graphically showing the timed relationship of two individual sounds, all within a claimed accuracy of a fraction of a millisecond."
- Tony "T" Tissot

    "These things were fairly common back when most studios were owned by professionals who knew what the hell they were doing, and expected the same from the musicians.
    The simple display would point one way if you were rushin' and point the other way if you were draggin'.
    Get it? Pretty cool huh?
    They were extremely accurate, and drummers hated them."
- Dave Dermont

And from notable.com/index.php?page=about&family=ARTICLES&display=116

Jeanius, a company in San Antonio, has provided the recording world with a
tool to simplify the judgment and analysis of all these time errors. It is
called the Russian Dragon (RD-R and RD-T), named for its ability to
accurately perceive if your audio is "rushin'" ahead or "draggin'" behind a
reference source you supply. The idea for the unit came from Audio
Engineer/Designer Marius Perron and his drumming brother, who had always
wished they had a mechanism to judge how closely he was playing to the
sequenced tracks. Marius made the prototype to remove both guesswork from
the sessions and tension from not knowing who was right. The unit gave
honest feedback to the drummer, the engineer, and the producer.





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Listed4 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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