Nithonat Revisits Classic Roland TR-606 Sounds


D16 has released Nithonat, a fully synthesized drum machine based on the classic 606. The unique sound of this machine has been used by many artists over the years in the production of Electro, Hip-Hop and R n B.

According to D16, the original 606 has been perfectly emulated, but they’ve enhanced the original with extra functionality.

Price: 79.00 Eur

Details below.


  • fully synthesized drum sounds
  • additional parameters to get yet more control over the sound
  • many ways of controlling the device:
    • external mode (notes triggering the sounds)
    • internal sequencer (pattern mode)
  • internal sequencer:
    • 8 banks with 12 patterns per bank
    • each pattern up to 16 steps of length
    • each pattern defined with one of four available measures
    • shuffle mode
    • trigger out
    • global accent track
    • tap mode
    • chain mode
    • shuffle (swing) and tempo values defined per pattern
    • built in randomizer
    • patterns import/export via human readable xml files
  • two modes of synchronization:
    • precise synchronization to the host tempo
    • synchronization to internal clock – tempo controlled in the range 30-300 BPM (+-0.1)
  • mutes/solos for each instrument (affect triggerring not just the signal)
  • dynamic signal routing from instruments to outputs
  • drum kits organised into groups
  • midi learn function
  • 64bit internal processing

Update: Oliver Chesler commented that he’d put together some sound demos for Nithonat, so I’ve embedded them below:

13 thoughts on “Nithonat Revisits Classic Roland TR-606 Sounds

  1. Don't see your point.

    The most popular virtual instruments all build on gear that people know and understand.

    Look at Arturia or Native Instruments and how successful they are. There's a reason!

    The point isn't to Xerox 25 year-old gear, but to make software that's easy for people to use.

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