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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Landon a hobbyist user from Ecuador writes:
This little box is more than just a drum machine... you can make an entire track on this thing! features lots of nice sounding drum pads (including the emulated 808 sounds), some instrument sounds (piano, synth, etc... similar to the default midi sounds from most soundcards), and some nice deep bass hits. Learning to use it can be a pain. The whole interface isn't too user-friendly, but there are a few shareware programs that will allow you to edit tracks on your computer and then upload them into the DR-5. There is also software specifically made for the DR-5 that allows you to backup your songs, patterns, & pads so that you can delete them from the machine's memory (to free up space for new tracks) without losing them. Sequencing is easy once you get the hang of it... you can even sequence notes thru the GUITAR IN jack or tune your guitar with it. Another thing I love is that it can use 6 AA batteries and headphones... so you can take it anywhere & kill time making songs. I got this at a GREAT price for only $150 used, but they sell for up to about $300... is it worth it? hell yeah.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-16-2000 at 21:21
JULES a part-time user from USA writes:
I PURCHASE THE DR5 ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND IT HAS SERVED ME FAIRLY WELL. PROBABLY THE BEST FEATURE ON THE MACHINE IS THE ABILITY OF THE USER TO BREAK DOWN THE PRESET PATTERNS INTO THEIR INDIVIDUAL COUNTERPARTS (GUITARS, BASS, PIANOS,RHYTHM) TO MAKE NEW AND EXCITING MUSIC. HOWEVER, THE FIRST THING ABOUT THE MACHINE THAT STRUCK ME AS A DISAPPOINTMENT WAS THE LACK OF MEMORY.THE ONLY WAY OF ABSOLVING THIS PROBLEM THAT I HAVE FOUND WOULD BE TO PROGRAM ONE SONG AT A TIME AND THEN WHEN YOU ARE DONE RECORD IT TO SOME KIND OF A SAMPLER OR AUXILARY RECORDER. THESE METHODS NOT ONLY ALLOW YOU TO HAVE A HARD COPY OF YOUR RHYTHMS, BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE MORE TRACKS, SEEING THAT THE FOUR PROVIDED CAN BE EXTREMELY LIMITTING NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU ARE DOING. I AM CURRENTLY USING THE DR5 WITH THE ZOOM SAMPLETRAK. THE SAMPLETRAK, FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR, IS A BASIC SAMPLER OFFERED BY ZOOM WHICH HAS LOTS OF EFFECTS THAT I ADD TO THE SOUNDS FROM THE DR5. THESE EFFECTS GIVE THE DR5'S PATHETIC SOUNDS A MORE REALISTIC FEEL. ALTHOUGH THE DR5 HAS MANY SETBACKS, ANYONE ON A SMALL BUDGET LOOKING TO GET A START IN MUSIC PRODUCTION SOULD FIND THIS MACHINE TO BE A SUBSTANTIAL BUY.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-26-2000 at 09:18
Jason Britt a part-time user from us writes:
the dr-5 has decent ranges of sounds, and i like the programming features.... but it's a bit limited as far as pattern memory is concerned. interfacing with a computerized sequencer is a pain in itself, and then the midi sound matching is a total cluster. the dr-5 is a good piece as long as you're not using it for midi and as long as you can deal with the short amount of memory. The dr-5 comes equipped with the option to save data using midi, but getting it to work is the real trick. It's a useful tool for composing, but for it's a borderline piece for serious sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-28-2000 at 04:45
john a part-time user from USA writes:
Great jammin buddy for a guitar player like me who lives in the woods. Its a DREAM come true for me. This puppy JAMS. I needed this. Thanks BOSS!!! This is THE machine for me!!! I will never give this one up. Way cool. Lots of FUN!! Nuf said.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-17-2000 at 21:31
Tom Eleson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
If I could change anything about this thing the first would be its lack of ability to interface with a sequencer, let alone a computer. They advertised it as a midi capable box so General Midi would have been nice. It has its own built in sequencer, and for an idea machine its fine, but as for interfacing it with the rest of your studio about all that's useful is being able to start and stop it via midi. The sounds are good for the most part. If you spend lots of time with it, it does make up for the lack of a bass player and drummer, sort of but I prefer the real thing. The Manual could have been replaced by the User's Guide written by Scott Summers which is a lot more comprehensive and would have saved me $25 as well as bookshelf space, or landfill space whichever you prefer. Although I can't say the manual is totally useless, it borders on it. I think Roland could have included a power supply and been more candid about it's features where midi is concerned or better yet not even bothered to put midi connectors on it then I wouldn't have thought I was getting something that I didn't. An over qualified jam box.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-26-2000 at 16:29
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