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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Fredrik from Sweden writes:
I´ve owned both the 550mkI and mkII. They´re good entry level drummachines. For the beginner or the hobbyist. The 550 got some 40-50 lofi quality, 32khz, special sounding and the 550mkII 44khz, sounds are crystal clear, maybe a bit dry and boring. The mkII´s almost got the whole 808 kit and some 909 sounds, not very like the real deal but useable. Nowadays they´re cheaper than ever so I think they´re good deals, go for the 550mkII (91 sounds).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-20-2002 at 13:02
The Sawblade a part-time user from Hell's Front Desk writes:
Temporarily traded my TR-505 for this itty-bitty box. Looks like a damn joke but sounds...pretty suprisingly good. The DX550mkII has just about every basic drum sound you need for techno, rap and industrial. Included are the four basic 808 and 909 sounds and that's pretty sweet! Quite easy to program - figured it out without a manual in about an hour. PROBLEMS: The lack of a MIDI out really hurts though-I can't use this to control anything else - and I'd love to use the 550's sequencer to control my XD-5 and S1000 (that's something that is real cool to use the 505 for). Also, the decay setting doesn't affect the drum sounds too much. The outputs seem a little noisy (turn the volume all the way up and you will notice a low buzz - noticed this on the TR-505 as well). I ended up sampling this little beauty - and I'd buy one if it had a MIDI out. I recommend it for the beginner and underground electronic musician.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-28-2001 at 17:28
Jeff C a hobbyist user from Bryan/San marcos, TX USA writes:
I really really like mine. It is by far the BEST way to 'dive' into elctronic drum programming. The sequencer taught me so much about how to program and i easily applied this knowledge to so many more things. The sounds are nice, my main problem is mainly one only an advanced user would notice. I wish that there was an easier way to apply different volumes, colors, etc to certain drum sounds in a pattern other than using a completely new pad. if yer looking for an all around good machine, get this.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-01-2001 at 20:06
faust a hobbyist user from San Francisco writes:
The sounds are OK [if you run them through enough effects], I just hate the fact that you can't save patterns onboard the machine. The programming is pretty easy and a couple of the kits are good for comedy value, but overall this thing is a good, cheap way to get into drum programming...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-19-2000 at 20:27
walker a professional user from US writes:
these things go CHEAP on ebay nowadays...a lot less than what i payed for mine. anyway, most of the drum sounds on here are great...put some effects on there and it's more than perfect. i use this for heavy industrial type stuff and the drum sounds hit really hard. it's punchy. it's good. it's cheap. it's so damn easy to use...not a bad deal.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-11-2000 at 05:22
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