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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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steve a hobbyist user from USA writes:
ive had this drum machine for about 3 months now, and i must say, im pretty impressed by it. i dont get everyone bitching about the hum. it is a bit noisy, i admit, but if you use an adapter, or run it through a noise suppressor, you should have no problem at all. its cool if you play the same shit i do (industrial), and i absolutely love the techno and the ambient kits/basses. the sequencer is a breeze to use once you figure it out, but you can only store 19 songs. but, i think its worth the price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-06-2000 at 15:28
Pete Brandauer a part-time user from Boulder, CO writes:
I've considered selling this baby a couple of times as I own SP-808, Electribes A/R and about to get Triton. It's just that its digital sounds sound so fucking sweet through the 808 distortion effect. Cooler sounding industrial drums than I have ever heard. Electribes often sound like shit distorted- I assume because of their already raw "analog" sound. I'll bet 303/505 grooveboxes sound cool through distortion but this little box was really cheap, and is less embarassing than those clunkers. it's little-discrete- and a cool portable drum machine. I telling you- harsh slamming drums that can be painful- the filters sound wicked distorted too...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-28-2000 at 12:23
chuck a hobbyist user from new york writes:
my opinion of this machine has fluctuated since i purchased it about six months ago new for $400. it is not a bad unit overall; it does what it's supposed to competently at least. some things i am not ecstatic about are the dinky, plasticy construction, the metallic sounding unsmooth analogue-modeling filters (cutoff, decay, etc.), and the max. 12-set kit size. i suppose i should not have expected much from a boss machine, but it was my first drum machine and so far i haven't found anything about it so detestable as to warrant it unusable. the sounds are nice, the bass is decent (i tried doing 303 stuff with the bass and filters - quite horrendous 8) ), and the sequencer is versatile and easy to use. i haven't been able to try out midi, for i as of yet own no other hardware. i didn't really like it at first, but it slowly grew on me and i can see myself using it for a while, even though if given the opportunity i wouldn't have bought it again.

oh yeah, make sure you have a good amp and speakers. i think most of the crumminess i attributed to this box the first couple of weeks was due to the little labtec computer speakers i plugged it into.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2000 at 11:34
Jangler a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I was one of the first people commenting DR-202 and gave 5/5. Now I give it 2/5 after some serious use. IT'S NOISY! And the MIDI implementation is not so great (yeah, I made the .INS by myself :). You cannot choose user-patterns from sequencer, you just have to roll them out by yourself. We sampled all the sounds and sold it. Load them in a sampler and there you go.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-06-2000 at 11:20
Matthew Peterson a hobbyist user from Madison, WI writes:
Just got a hold of one... Initial impression is very good, the sound quality is decent, with the built in Flanger/Reverb & Delay being big pluses... My immediate complaint: Why does this thing have to be so big? I primarily got it so I could take it with anywhere and write patterns on the fly when inspiration hit... Granted, you need the surface area for all the knobs/pads, but if Boss/Roland wanted to, I'm sure they could have reduced the thickness of the unit by 1/2 or more. (e.g. see the 'top' 1" of the case, they could have fit all of the electronics into there if they really wanted to.) Oh well... kudos to Boss for actually making it battery operated. Korg, what were you thinking? Allow the ER-1/EA-1 to run off batteries, and you would have sold many more...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-28-1999 at 12:52
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