Synth Site: Boss: DR-5 drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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alien_brain a part-time user from outer space writes:
this is honestly one of the best bang for the buck units out there. perfect for a minimal sequencer that can control a few peices plus its own sounds (which arent all bad, some quite good suprisingly). it also has a list of features that make it a unique product for the guitar players it was marketed to: fretboard interface with some interesting scale modes, a line in jack with an amp simulator that isnt all that bad, and a programmable chord function that really is the icing on the cake. ive used it with my computer, as the master sequencer for minimal tracks (you can hook up a controller keyboard and have a field day), and as a chord input device (it sends chords over midi). the drum sounds are useable in a pinch (with compression no doubt), and there are some ok synth sounds. really enuff for someone determined to make a groove. there are also a couple of ways it can be mistreated...but thats the fun of gear: how it can be mistreated! :^D

is does however require that you use patterns. yeah i know, there are downsides to everything.

get one. have fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-24-2001 at 22:39
Mike Jones a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I love the machine! it is perfect for helping you creating ideas!! Also, If you have nobody around to jam with, this is the next best thing!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-07-2001 at 18:10
carlos a part-time user from USA writes:
I produce tracks part-time and I use the DR5 for some production. It has a lot of advantages,it's compact and easy to use for first timers. I believe the two biggest problems I have with the DR5 is the preset kits which can't be removed. This drum machine could do much more if Boss got rid of the preset stuff or aleast limit the space it takes up. Also the other big problem with the DR5, one I'm sure all users will experience is the selection dial goes wacky causing the patterns to go all over the place. I think if Boss fixes these two things, I think you will see the DR5 pays for itself in the pure enjoyment you'll get from creating music.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-29-2001 at 16:54
Cedric a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
Hey, I've had my DR-5 for since it first came out... about 4-5 years ago. I am not a professional but this machine is the machine for those of us that get inspired while on the go and are on a budget. I recently lost my user's guide and would like for someone to tell me how to reset it to factory settings. I almost sold it but after careful thought and lots of good memories, I reconcidered. Thanks in advance.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-01-2001 at 10:36
dan writes:
I've had my DR-5 for over a year, and as I have come to realize, this machine has every basic utility to write a simple song. It needs more real good effects... and the guitar in feature sucks... if it worked properly, it would make the machine so much better. Sequencing complicated beats is extremely difficult. If you plan on making any real complicated beats,(jungle, trip hop,etc) don't rely on the dr-5. However, if you want to keep it simple, it is the best deal out there. You certainly get what you pay for and mabye a little more.

posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2001 at 01:41
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