A Rare Italian Rhythm Machine You've Never Seen | Fess' Find

Step aside, AI-generated synthesizer mock-ups: something far more remarkable is here. This week's Fess Find is a rare Italian groove machine like you've never seen—the CRB Computer Band 2000. Crafted as a complete music-making synthesizer and rhythm machine, this is among the most uncommon electronic musical instruments ever created.

This is a CRB Computer Band 2000 synthesizer and rhythm machine.
CRB Computer Band 2000.

Released in 1978, the Computer Band 2000 contains a ROM chip used for its built-in rhythm machine—it can store up to 14 patches, plus the preset sounds it already holds. Its synthesizer boasts four oscillators separated into four distinct sections each offering selectable instruments with individual decay settings and volume control capabilities, as well as auto-accompaniment functionality and an arpeggiator. The two-octave bass section synthesizer is especially impressive, as are the "chord" sections that feature different synthesized sounds including harp and banjo to electric piano and guitar.

This CRB was fully renovated cosmetically and mechanically within the past year. The cover has been repainted except for a few scratches near the arpeggiator section and tempo slider where the text is missing, but be that as it may, the overall condition remains very good. Keep in mind that this unit ships from Italy and runs at 220 volts, so you will need an appropriate voltage converter if you wish to use it somewhere else in the world.

The seller, Vintage Audio Institute Italia, has featured a stellar video worth checking out that showcases this machine's warm analog bass and chord sounds. Plus they've got a few other unique Italian gems also up for grabs in their shop.

CRB Computer Band
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