The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was the best computer ever. It was cool, with its matte black case and funky graphics. It was tactile, with spongy rubber buttons. It turned your TV screen into an instant amusement arcade. You could even program it yourself.
10 PRINT "Preece is a wally"
30 GOTO 10
But the really
cool thing about the Spectrum was that you could slam a Cheetah SpecDrum expansion module into the port on the back and turn it into the next best thing to a Linn Drum. In your bedroom. For twenty-nine quid and ninety-five pence. As we used to say in the 80s, skill.
The SpecDrum was a hardware drum sampler that used its own electronics to handle the sampling bit, and the Spectrum's programmability to host a primitive sequencer program to drive the sounds. Once you'd loaded the program in from cassette – and let's just say that again, folks; from cassette
– you were presented with a pattern editor, a song chain sequencer, and eight acoustic drum samples to play with: all reproduced in glorious 8-bit.