The Solton Programmer 24 is a programmable drum machine with 8-bit samples and integrated arranger, which uses analog sounds (bass, solo synth). It also has a polyphonic string-ensemble and polyphonic organ. It was produced in Italy by Ketron in 1985.
I was lucky enough to acquire one of these fine synths as part of a bundle from a lovely chap selling his home collection.
Upon doing a bit of research I discovered this was quite a rare find and also it was superb at doing the Italo Disco sound from the early eighties.
This is a great video to show off it's capabilities:
Now I really have no need to produce Italo Disco right now - but I did sample the excellent drum machine that is built in. Here's a taster!
You can download the samples below. Enjoy!