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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Gerry Aire a professional user from US writes:
Great sounds. You don't even need to add effects, they're so rich. Some of the best drums & basses I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Hear this machine in action on my album, CLASSY COOL: Pop Jazz Remakes of Favorite Classical Tunes, available at

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-07-2004 at 18:52
Wim Hannaart from the Netherlands writes:
I bought my dr-5 in 2003 (secondhand) and I like the quality of sound. You have to spend some time to get to know all ins and outs, typical Boss/Roland by the way. For more serious recording I use the Boss BR-8, but the dr-5 is excellent to put down some musical ideas. I take it along on my hollidays too, thanks to the possibility to use batteries, you can use it anywhere.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-22-2003 at 03:33
Surfdog a part-time user from Texas, USA writes:
I bought my Dr5 in 1999. I wanted something at that time to allow me to compose music ideas with a broader pallet than say a tape recorder and Guitar. This unit was a forerunner to the now current jam stations and other units with built in rythmn software, so roland did lead the way with this technology. I still use and enjoy my Dr5. I can take it out side my studio and enter song ideas into it. It is useful as an extra sound module when I create midi tracks in my computer. Yes....there have been short falls like a lack of memory, and it would have been wise of Roland to have equipted this unit to take upgrade software,( NEW RYTHMN, SOUNDS, ETC.)but for what it is, it is dependable and sounds decent.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-01-2003 at 21:53
Yo a part-time user from USA writes:
DR5 is a compact battery powered device that really does a hell of a lot. You will want to get the manual and devour it. Also, roland put out a cool video that does a great job of going thru all the features and operational aspects. I got one of these back in '99 and keep learning new things about the machine every time I turn it on. Especially cool for guitar players with that fretboard type control surface. A little confusing at first but really cool once you get the swing of it. This machine is definately worth learning thru experimentation. Oh and Chris you may want to try some ex-lax or perhaps some herbal remedy would help. Anyway just push the buttons and go go go!!! DR5 is a real friend once you get to know it. :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-20-2002 at 17:34
DJ Spade a professional user from usa writes:
You have to take the dr-5 for what it is, a cheap drum machine. its a good starter but as progess musicly you will out grow the dr-5

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-02-2002 at 22:13
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