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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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TJ a part time user from U.S.A. writes:
The DR-5 will convert the signal at the guitar input to both a MIDI message (if you are on tracks 1-3, not the drum track) and trigger the internal sound (this is done monophonically, one held note at a time). The internal tone generator takes a moment to start sounding, but there is no noticeable delay using an external MIDI tone generator. This unit does NOT sample the guitar through the input. Although not as thorough as other sequencers, it is easier to use for a guitar player.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Devin Anderson a hobbyist user from CA. writes:
I've been writing music on the DR-5 for approximately a year now. The DR-5 has both good and bad points. I'll start with the bad...

The DR-5 is extremely limiting as far as sound manipulation goes. There aren't any real snazzy effects (i.e. chorus, flanging, phasing, etc.) that the DR-5 makes available to the user (it includes reverb...). Some of the sound effects on the DR-5 are extremely lame. For example, all of the distorted guitar sounds (i.e. overdriven guitar, heavy guitar, distorted guitar, etc.) are extremely cheesy. The horn sounds don't sound like horns. The woodwinds don't sound like woodwinds (although they do make great keyboard effects).

The DR-5, on the other hand, does have some strong points. The drum sounds on the DR-5 are second to none (an industrial musician's dream, as it features TR-808 and TR-909 sounds that come out beautifully live). The bass and acoustic guitar sounds are indistinguishable from the real thing (excluding arpeggiating chords, as the DR-5 does not come with that capability). Some of the keyboard sounds; such as choir, strings, warm, orchestra, etc.; also come out beautifully (and sound really good live). The DR-5 is extremely easy to use, especially for a guitarist (being that the pads are made as if they were the frets of a guitar).

Personally, when I use the DR-5, I mainly use it for it's drum sounds (as it keeps perfect time, unlike some drummers...) and it's keyboard sounds, and everything else (bass, live guitar, etc.) is done by live musicians. I find that it works really well for that purpose and I would recommend it to anyone that was looking to use a sequencer for something similar. Oh yeah...my only other complaint is that it doesn't work as a sampler as well.

By the way...for anyone out there who can tell me how to use the DR-5 with my computer in any way, shape, or form: I would be really appreciative of any information on how to do such a thing. Feel free to e-mail me with any such information. Thank you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Ray Brown a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Manual incomprehensible. Non-intuitive interface. Going ape trying to write patterns with chords in. Looks great if and when I am ever able to use it! I like the size, the guitar input, the facilities, and most of the sounds. Paid UK£260 for it - about $400

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Toby Thornton a hobbyist user from US (Louisiana) writes:
I love it! There just isn't much you CAN'T do with this machine. I bought it

about 2 years ago and have just recently began learning the full capabilities of

this wonderful piece of equipment. Who needs a BAND???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Chris Dawes a hobbyist user from England writes:
The DR-5 is a great instrument as has been said below.. The 4 available tracks

are just what a solo guitarist needs to fill out the songs. I do think that the

memory is a problem.. Does anyone know of a way to delete all the demo and

stored patterns to increase available memory? The presets are impressive at

first but, in real use, they are just taking up valuable memory. Also, I really want to use the guitar input to play the onboard sounds but am

experiencing a small but noticeable delay between playing the guitar note and

hearing the output from the machine. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?? Yo!! Chris.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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