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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Psyloq a professional user from UK writes:
I love this drum machine!Used it extensively on thissong: youtube watch?v=rOwfPaGA40o or psyloq cathode ray

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-11-2011 at 07:04
Mike the Mender a professional user from UK writes:
This is no toy. It's a well specified, reliable, well made, easy to use little drummer. It runs on batteries and often comes with a silver padded case. Henk has totally got it wrong as I'm sure everyone realises. A TR505 and DDD-1???...give me strength! The HR-16 was made by Alesis, so like me, I doubt there are any fully working examples about! Everything was 12 bit in those days..it doesn't sound weak or powerless(?). Boss made 2 versions...the A and E. Both are great little units. One is electric drums, the other acoustic. The sound is strong, Roland stuff. Tis is a better prospect than the 606 which is unreliable, limited and actually quite difficult to use. Also, that unit's claim to fame is that it looks like a 303! 30usd is sooo' 2003. The 220 has been collected, so expect to pay quite a bit for a good example. The few I've repaired have been water damaged. I tend to buy the totally-broken units I've had to skavvy for spares. The pads and switches are very reliable, unlike most Roland switches of the time. You can plug in a set of phones and compose great drum patterns whilst stuck on the bus/tube. Try doing that on a 909!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-21-2009 at 04:11
Henk a part-time user from NL writes:
Depending on your taste: crap children's toy or fun cheapo lo-fi unit. I used it back then to practise with and it served me well. However, sound quality is frankly awfull and pretty powerless: where the (all analogue) DR 110 has a fine pristine quality, the (12 bit sample-based) DR220 sounds just plain weak, the kind of weakness that makes it dissappear in a mix. Oh well: even as low as 30 USD, you'll find better boxes (Korg DDD-1, Roland 505, Alesis HR16) with more professionals features and better sound.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-07-2005 at 10:20
hamill a professional user from Us writes:
Its a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-11-2004 at 09:50
Mark a professional user from SWE writes:
Wow what a cool drummer this thing is the next thing, it sounds cool 12Bit, its cool looking, and its simpley cool, by it if you can find it, and dont be afraid to mix with it to get the strangest electro drums you ever heard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-11-2004 at 09:49
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