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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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B J Smith a part-time user from usa writes:
I think the Dr5 is a great tool for quickly jotting music ideas down, especially if you envision your song having more than one voice (ie just guitar , as opposed to guitar, keyboards, bass, ect) I believe that the creative potential for this machine far outweighs the complaint of limited memory. I especially enjoy the acoustic piano sounds on my machine, which I believe compliment the electric piano sounds I have on a Yamaha Keyboard. I bought this machine as a "first piece" for my home recording studio, and I can say 3 years later, and after aquiring even more sophisticated music production tools, that this drum machine is "still" a very useful tool for music production & live performance!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-11-2000 at 09:48
Jonathan Carson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is definitely a fantastic machine! The pianos sound quite nicely, especially in the lower registers; the higher notes sound a little synthetic although this quality can be masked if they are a bit behind in the mix. The bass voices are also, by and large, realistic-sounding with the exception of the slap bass options. Drums and percussion are definitely top-notch for the money you spend. On the down side, the horns and guitar voices are TOTAL CHEESEBALL. Don't mess with them if you know what is good for you.

I especially like being able to hook it up to my MIDI ports on my keyboard and plunking out very lovely little ballads. Normally I am a lousy pianist/keyboardist but this machine makes normally unplayable stuff within my grasp.

To reiterate what everyone else says here, though, the lack of pattern memory truly sucks ass. Not being adept with the Mac's DR5 tool, though, I can't seem to figure out how to save them. Oh well...

On the whole, money well $pent if you have the capability to save pattern memory on yer computer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-12-2000 at 13:31
a part-timer user from USA writes:
one thing that I don't think anyone has brought up is that you can't plug a keyboard in and just record a song playing the keyboard. a song has to consist of patterns. unless there's another way. I didn't get the owner's manual. creating a song the way you have to do it on this thing would take like forever. you're not actually recording a song, you're just linking patterns. and it takes a long time to record all the patterns. tap out the rhythm for 16 beats, then do the other 3 tracks. then do the same thing for as long as the song is. most of the instrument sounds are great. a few suck. the drum samples are the same as the DR660. pretty good sounding box overall. if there's an easier way to record a song, please post info on the message board. but my initial impression is that it's just another one of those products that doesn't allow you to do what you need to do the way you need to do it. sort of like a 4 track that doesn't allow you to use the effects "loop" for a compressor because there isn't an individual send and return on each channel?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 03:06
norm a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It's a good piece for beginners. And a good scratchpad for pros. The best machine to use if you want to get into producing. Nice, small, battery-operated. Heck, take it in your car, hook up a cd adapter to it, and cruise the strip pumping your own jams. I definately recommend it. Limited in patterns and songs storage though. Limited in the number of user kits storage, too. They shouldnt have included so many preset patterns or kits. They shouldve reserved all that space for the user's creativity, not theirs.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-23-1999 at 00:19
Gary Schmidt a professional user from United States writes:
Just got the thing a couple of days ago. Looks real good and solid feel... but I've read a lot of manuals in my time and this one has got to be one of the worst...would be nice to actually have a documentation you could use..like maybe a few practical tutorials or something (Roland..check out Finale's manuals)

Also came with no power supply (first thought it was a shipping error and then discovered it's an option!) What am I supposed to do? Use the batteries that came with it that lasted about 3 minutes?

Also has no "red power" button to remind you that you've left the thing on so the first batteries I bought ended up burning out during the first night I owned the thing....

Would be nice too if it would display the chords in real time that are playing or that you have programmed...

On the positive side...feels real solid..probably is easier to use than the manual makes it out to be...and has a lot of great sounds... and is too early for me to give a fair review as to its capablities...but so far am a little frustrated....

p.s. since memory is such a problem with the unit would appreciate any help in hooking it up to my computer..at least to save files..etc..

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-08-1998 at 00:01
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