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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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VerseOne a professional user from USA writes:
I bought this machine and let me tell you some of the best sounds come from tweaking the samples. For example, take ANY bass drum, put the cutoff at -50, turn the low up and BOOM! BOOM! This is the type of thing good in making hip-hop if you like Too $hort or other 808 kings. On the bad side, I do get that terrible hiss that everyone complains about, but most analogs release hiss. Even though it doesn't sound authentically analog half the time. I use this thing with midi and the SP-202 and they go pretty well together, although the sp isn't nearly as noisy as the DR. Wierd.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-29-2000 at 16:56
B.O.B. a professional user from NJ, USA writes:
I bought this drum machine used for about $250 w/o ever hearing it. So right away when i plugged it in, the presets caught my ear.

So could i find a way to make drum beats that sounded just as good?

Hell yeah! There are so many kits on here and many very useful drum sounds. I think this machine can be used for almost every type of electronic music. The sounds can be tweeked through the filters and you can add reverb or flanger effect on any instrument. In addition to this, there is a bass/synth section which sounds pretty phat. You can switch on the "Bass boost" knob and really make this thing thump.

Not only does it sound good, the sequencer (3 parts: drums, bass, external) is pretty good and midi isn't bad at all. Another cool feature is the drum roll feature which allows you to customize your roll and get some great techno/DnB rolls.

I would not buy this new for $380 or whatever it sells for, but i think it's a good buy if you can find one used. It's a good starter drum machine, and if you throw it through some distortion or other effects you can get some great sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 01:01
Drekhed a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
O.K. I bought this thing for bass practice (this was my first drumbox). I needed a drummachine and i got this one for a good price. Anyway, i liked some of the sounds on it and i enjoyed making some beats of all kinds (most of them, i admit, cheesey). although it doesn't have the best "analogish" sounds it has some quite good acoustic drum sounds (which i like better). I never could get the bass sounds to cut through the mix. I never had problems with noiseyness so thats a plus for me i guess. On the plus side: I've entertained a small party with this box, i hooked it up for a laugh, playing with the cutoff/resonance/mute. I like those realtime controllers. You can also make your own drumkits and ajust the individual sounds so i always found some use for it. On the downside: The outputs... Yeah they're tulip instead of jack. not convenient in a MIDI setup. Can be handy if you're a dj. I also have problems with midi implementation. It doesn't really send and recieve midi as it's supposed to. Oh yeah, programming can be hard with the pads, but i kinda got used to it and after a few uses I could program some nice stuff. onboard FX suck.

I hardly use it anymore, cos i have a sampler now, but I still keep it around... Buy one if you can find it cheap and need some portable beats, otherwise get an MC 303 or something... This baby did however make me think thrice about aquiring more Roland groove approved stuff...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-06-2000 at 10:49
el cid a part-time user from usa writes:
save your money. do not buy this piece of junk. the outputs are noisy and the lack of 1/4in. outs was an awful design idea. the pads sucked as did the basses (though i didnt buy this for the bass sounds. the cheapplastic case was a joke too. it felt like a $25 toy drum machine but lighter weight. and i dont think i found more than 1 or 2 usuable kits. if your looking for a good "analog-ish" drum machine with killer sounds buy the korg electribe er-1. you will not be disappointed

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-06-2000 at 02:08
Jonathan Martinez a hobbyist user from TX writes:
I think this machine kix ass. I have had this for about a year this month, and have been happy with it ever since. Everyone complains about the noise, but there all stupid. Just buy the adapter for it and don't crank the low end all the way up (unless you have good speakers). This machine is great, especially when you use it for house stuff, industrial my ass! This is a drum n' bass/ house drum machine. The step sequencer works great! The snares and FX are cool, but nothing beats the hell out of the Kicks and it has some bad ass bass sounds (especially when you use the built in delay). The only things I don't like about it: some serious stair skipping on the bass track when using the filters, the RCA outs, and the rubbery pads. Of course you get used to the pads and you can alway buy a big briar moogerfooger for a nice filter, but for the RCA well you just gotta live with it. It's not so bad having them though. . . This is definently worth the price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-06-2000 at 17:27
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