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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Noah a hobbyist user from US writes:
I just got a used one the other day, and as my first drummachine, I found it terribly easy to use. There's a couple tricks here and there where it's like hold this button, and push that one. Now let go, and then push it again, and push this one and that one at the same time. Stupid little button commands that would be hard to know without the manual I guess. Once you get over that very easy. The sounds sound okay to me I guess. This being my first of any sort of electronic music machines, I can't really make a solid review of the sounds.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-16-2004 at 01:16
Gunnar a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This one sounds quite good, many of the sounds are the same as in the R8. But I have one question. Is it just me (or my DR 550 mkII) or is the sequencer extremely untight? Maybe this is just some way Roland tries to make it sound "human" but I don´t like it! And it can´t be quantised any harder either. I want my drummachine to sound solid as a rock! Not like Charlie Watts! Feel free to email me if you have any tricks!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-22-2004 at 14:48
matt a professional user from australia writes:
I have 2 mk1's & a mk2 (there isn't too much memory, so after i'd written 5 or so songs & filled the memory i decided to buy another...)

I've used them for 2 full albums & numerous live shows, with no hiccups at all...well early on i accidentally let the baterries run out, wiping the memory & losing all my tracks to date.

I don't really go for the bongo whistle sound, but there are plenty of good industrial/pop type sounds - think early NIN.

I named My first dr-550 HAL (as the computer in 2001 was called), because i was expecting it to try & take control of everything + malfunction & the like. It has, however been quite super!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-14-2004 at 00:22
LoHr a part-time user from usa writes:
the dr. 550 mk1 (not mk2) was the first drum machine i ever had. i got it when iw as like 15 years old back in 1993. and it did a great job for what i needed it for. it was easy 2 program patterns and songs and edit sounds re-tuning etc.. but i can see how it MAY have been difficult without a manual. luckily i got mine with the manual. but for a 15 year old kid who was constantly under the influence of drugs and alchol, knowing this box inside and out was a big feat to accomplish. heh anyhow id reccommend this to any kids out there who are in guitar based bands to use this.. its not really techno oriented even tho it does have some half-asses samples of tr-808 sounds.. i never used the 808 sounds tho i used the real drum sounds... until 1 day we were playin a show as local openers for godflesh and at the end of our set we trashed everything and smashed it into about 100 small chunx of plastic.. but since then ive musically advanced far beyond this lil box, but id buy another one just for memories sake cause this lil guy will allways hold a place in my heart..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-19-2003 at 12:18
joachim a professional user from norway writes:
The DR-550 is great!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-12-2003 at 04:19
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