NAMM: Boss New Rhythm Machine

The DR-880 not just a beat box      23/07/04

NAMM: Boss New Rhythm Machine
Ah, Dr Beat I presume?

Buying Choices
The Dr 880 according to Roland is a "rhythm-programming powerhouse that's loaded with world-class drum, percussion, and bass sounds from Roland's famous SRX library." It also includes a new collection of original sounds, covering studio drums, electronic kits and exotic percussion. The DR-880's sounds can be played and programmed as is, or customized with tools such as independent compressors and EQs for the kick and snare, and a compressor and selection of COSM amp models for the bass. You can get into microscopic tweaking with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons on the front panel, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Patterns can be taken deeper with the Groove Modify feature, where various groove and triplet feels can be applied. Ghost notes can also be added automatically. Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly to the DR-880's Guitar/Bass Input jack. Guitarists can play through the built-in COSM Drive/Amp models and multi-effects such as chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and reverb. For acoustic guitar, the DR-880 offers an Acoustic Processor, chorus, and reverb. Bass players can spice up their tone with the DR-880's compressor/limiter, chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and COSM bass amp models. In addition to an array of analog audio I/O, the DR-880 also has a S/PDIF digital out and a USB port for MIDI interfacing and SMF Data import. Pricing and availability TBC

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