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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
this little baby is one hot buy if you wanna make minimal music. its really all you need to sequence techno tracks, provided you have something else to generate sounds with. sometimes i wouldnt even use the internal sounds, just the sequencer. but there are many useful basic sounds too. i found some of the pecussion very usable. by the way, you can tweak the synthbass 'filter' with velocity i think. if you like sub bass, the sine wave is there for you. it would be perfect to use as a sequencer for a small sampler. it has a very charachteristic sound, so i couldnt see it being used for an entire set... i used to use its chord function to output midi into an arpeggiator, yeilded great results... extensive possabilities for such a small peice...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-29-2001 at 01:10
Mr Miscreant from a dumpster near you writes:
By far an excellent piece of gear...sorta. For as much sonic coolness that it has, it does lack in some very crucial areas (we'll get to that later). As far as coolness: The drum sounds cover a very large spectrum and they are fully tweakable. This is a major plus if you're into those really long 808 kicks and snappy snares and what-not. The MIDI implamentation is pretty easy too. The synth sounds however....eh, they're a bit weak with a few exceptions. This brings me to my next point...the sequencer interface is cool but the synth sounds are just so generic that I cannot imagine recording 3 tracks of them into the internal sequencer. This brings me to my next point...The interface of this unit sucks ! No matter how much you read tha damn book or watch the how-to video, you're bound to end up a bit lost. Maybe I am just a man of instant gratification or maybe I lack patience but to program a simple 16 bar beat is a hellacious chore! I simply just MIDI'd my SR16 to the DR5 and use is solely as a 'drum module'.

Okay..next gripe. The guitar in feature is pretty cool but unfortunatly pretty useless. It gets mixed up if you attempt to play more than 1 note at a time...yeah. If you got a lot of free time and ya wanna try something new...Hook a mic to the guitar in and sing something. The unit will respond to your voice better than using a guitar.

All and all, it's a pretty nifty box. Defiantly not the ALL-IN-ONE sorta thing, but if you're one of those people that wants an all and one sorta thing, I would suggest....ah nevermind....!

posted Wednesday-Mar-28-2001 at 01:57
karl a hobbyist user from Richmond VA writes:
I just purchased my DR-550 from a friend. I did not recieve any instructions or directions on how to program beats or really operate it at all. If anyone could send me a brief explanation, an e-mail, a link or xeroxed copy, or an address i can mail to boss to ask for the instructions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your tim. Oh yeah, Eric from Richmond, I've heard of Tripple Threat Records....who are some artists on it?

Thanks -Karl

posted Friday-Mar-02-2001 at 19:43
Burn Carter a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my DR-5 for well over a year and it never ceases to amaze me. For a songwriter this is one bad machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-26-2001 at 16:21
Marcus Murcur a professional user from USA writes:
I was close to the completion of an $80,000 3d animation project, when I decided I would write and produce all the "Wall Paper" music for it as well. That's when I began working with the Boss DR-5. It has performed well for me in many ways. I can see how others may find memory limitations a hinderance, just keep in mind the DR-5 is merely one of many tools in music creation, not the end-all solution. The DR-5 is great for creating backing rhythms and scratching out a quick idea or two that can be developed further at another time. My one and only disapointment is the texture of the Brass Section. I suspected it would sound synthetic, however the quality of all the other sounds make up for it. It is probably the best money spent for the results.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-28-2000 at 11:41
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