Synth Site: Boss: DR-5 drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
page 11 of 12:   <<<  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  >>>
N McHugh a part time user from usa writes:
The DR-5 drum machine is a fine piece of equipment for beginners or

guitarists who need &quot;a band&quot; in a box. Major advantages: Clean drum sounds, nice guitar sounds(except some distortion

sounds), nice bass sounds, few nice pads and pianos. Excellent chord input and nice features

for semiprofessionals or hobbyists. Major Disadvantages: Only two outputs(it should have gotten the DR 660 outputs)

Terrible brass and wood instruments(CZ1000 time), Nonsensitive drum buttons(come on Roland,

Do you really expect us to hit the accent buttons? Should have gotten DR660 sensitive

buttons.) No effects (To sweeten the mix, you'll have to run this through an external

effects processor and since it has only two outputs..goodluck doing that.) For someone starting out, this is a nice piece.

However, for professionals I'd stay away from it and get a sound module.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
frederick a hobbyist user from The Peach State (GA) writes:
For a beginner with a tight budget this is a great piece of equipment it teaches you the basics as far as laying tracks with its 4 track sequencer, also its a rythym section it has strings, horns, and other cool sounds. For the money I think it's a pretty good piece of equipment for beginners making demos or practice sessions. My only disappointment is the drum section it should have more cool features and loops.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Justin Stahlman a professional user from San Antonio, TX writes:
I robbed my DR-5 from someone in the Classifieds for $165. I didn't have time to read up on it like I wanted. Now that I have the documentation, I have to say it is poorly written. I am used to my Alesis SR-16 drum machine that allows velocity sensitivity by physically touching the pads. I wish the DR-5 responded this way.

I also want to use the guitar amp sims, but I can't get them to work - the guitar is always dry and unaffected by the effects or guitar dist. I was hoping someone out there could tell me when a FAQ page is.

I haven't given it enough time to rate it yet, but it's not as logical to program as the SR-16.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Tenet a part time user from Medio-Cubano writes:
After buying a Rave-O-lution and finding it kick-ass yet a bit thin since its synth portion is only monophonic (still sounds great, though), my partner and I headed out with out limited budget to get as much bang for our buck as possible... and I think we found it. The drum sounds are excellent, the basses sound nice, the pianos/synths are decent, and the keypad is the absolute shit, especially for a guitarist like myself. It is very versatile, and I love its portability. I usually hook it up to my car stereo while I'm driving, holding the wheel with my left hand and jamming with my right. My only real problem with it is the memory. It can only store like 5000 pattern notes or something ridiculous like that. It allows 200 user patterns, but by the time I had reached the 45th one it proudly proclaimed that its memory was full. I don't understand how the hell Roland/Boss could this...Talk about a case of blue-balls....You have no chocie but to start deleting things. Since I've found this out, I've been really economical with it, using it only for drum and light atmosphere tracks. Gone are the days of elaborate composition. Now I just solo it live. While the brain capacity may suck, it is still a wonderful machine and easy to use. You can't get more value for your dollar, as long as you are smart about using it for the sounds you really, really need. I'd buy it again, to be honest. It can also serve as an excellent sound module. Anyways, I've learned my lesson.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Tenet a part time user from USA writes:
To Steve Kuhar: It's very easy to program in patterns and songs. You simply select the pattern, adjust how long you want it, hit record, hit play, the metronome goes off, and then you just start playing. When you're done with one track, just hit the track selection button and you're ready for the next. You don't have to hit stop or any other functions. It simply continues in a loop as you add more to the pattern. I actually have two of these machines, between my partner and I. It does have an incredible shortage of memory, but for the price it cannot be beat. The sounds are generally very good, the guitar-type interface is great for guitarists, and it is very easy to understand. I generally record the basic patterns on the machine into songs and then record the sequences onto my computer. Then I just use the DR-5 as a sound module so that the memory is no problem.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
page 11 of 12:   <<<  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  >>>