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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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AlphA a part-time user writes:
It's all about the claps. This thing has one of the best claps around. Snare is classic. Hats are smoother than a 606 yet harder than an 808. The crash is very unique and cool in it's own way. Especially if you follow it with accents AFTER the sound has been triggered (accent effects the decay of the crash ala 606 open hh). This thing is small and FUN! Almost the exact same size as a VHS tape. Write patterns on the fly(step or real time)! Great for live! The LCD display is second to none(like 707/727 -better than 505/626). You're not going to shake the dance floor with a 110 but it's excellent for layering and accompaniment. Sounds cut through the mix and spice things up. The only shortcoming this unit has is it's lack of sync. That's why I came up with a sync mod for it. Now it sings along with the rest of my gear. While tinkering around inside, I found triggers and individual outs for each sound, bass drum decay (really nice), snare snappy, hh decay.... I can't remember everything I found in there. I'd cough up some schematics, but too may schmucks are already drilling holes in vintage gear. Butchers! Anyway, the 110 is a pretty sweet box and would fit in quite nicely into most any professional studio rig.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-20-2004 at 21:20
With the DR110, you can program 4/4 and 3/4 patterns into it. As for programming the patterns, don't you have a user manual?

If not, I'm sure there is a PDF manual out there.

posted Tuesday-Dec-16-2003 at 10:34
andrew lund a part-time user from australia writes:
I love mine. I picked it up real cheap, is a minter and comes with a cute (and useful) silver case. I am not a fan of THUNDERING 909 kicks for my kind of music, so the DR110's gentle (but evocative) bass drum suits my tastes. In fact it is virtually identical to the 808 kick. Dito the cymbal sounds. The crash is REALLY weird, but is useful as a sound effect. Clap sound sucks as a 808 style clap, but are'nt we all sick of that now? (Oh god please let it stop!) Clap is great though for layering with snare to accent the rythm, or make the snare sound tougher and darker. Snare is in my opinion VERY bright compared to 808, but is similar in character. The drums would benifit from a trip to grungeland to fix that problem. (record them in 8 bit or whatever) I like the accent feature for adding intest and a "pulse" to the pattern. Mix feature between sounds is a primitive but effective device. Easiest thing to program with large LCD matrix screen. Nice feeling pads for drum sounds. Runs on batteries for inspiration on the move. I just wish it had seperate outs at least for the snare/cymbals and bass drum. Another wish would be midi. I personally don't want to fiddle with the sounds, as they already sound good, so lack of sound editing is not a problem. All in all, near perfect for a 808- like machine for a low price, in a small size. Don't buy another boss or roland product (exept 808/909) from the 80's though! I tried or owned most of them, and they're all pathetic, horrible little bits of junk. Get one of these babies, or a later (digital) Roland like a R-5, R-8, or R70 (all early 90's stuff) if you need midi/ and or "real" drum sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-23-2003 at 14:00
rufus forsell a professional user from Sweden writes:
Lovely machine. Amazing sounds. Note the delay that accourse when an accent is placed directly after a handclap. My Dr 110 has a special feature: When the kick and the snare are pressed simultaniously there is an automatic handclap.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-10-2002 at 18:15
a part-time user writes:
my oh my, the sounds on this is soooo sweet and warm. turn the tempo up and you get a snare roll, although for some reason there is a split second delay when the pattern loops during fast tempos. i think playing around with the tempo and result in som very interesting drum sounds, as well as toying around with the cymbal vs drum balance. this and the yamaha ry10 are the best of the cheapie drum machines. and this one is ANALOG!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-24-2002 at 13:56
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