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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Derek Stranger a professional user from New York writes:
I git this thing when it first came out. I think I can make a pretty fair judgement. No doubt this is a very useful machine. I mean it has 255 sounds. But this machine lacks that depth one might want to hear. It is so compressed that it truly does lack character. EQing this thing does help a little bit, but it only has 4 outs. For the many try looking for an R70 or the R8. You will pay a little more, but your music will not suffer.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-20-2001 at 20:53
OJ a part-time user from Britain writes:
A superb machine! 'Twas the drummer in my ex band, Zebedee Vortex for a long time. I read a comment deeming the synth bass sounds to be useful, but 'too cheesy' to use on a finished song. I disagree! We have recorded many songs with tacky sounding bass sounds emenating from the DR 660! It rules!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2001 at 14:05
Terry Ladd a part-time user from England writes:
Hey there! I have been beating my box for 2 years now, and it hasn't yet me down yet. Plenty of good, realistic drum samples, and a bounty of loops can be made to suite any damn genre you want. I use mine for rehersal with band (no time to set the 'real' drums up but this is just as useful) and in some lo-fi dance tracks.

If anyone out there needs a manual I have them in a postable format for £8 (no postage necessary).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-06-2000 at 11:21
Dan a part-time user from USA writes:
just got one of these off ebay, very nice, presets aren't so hot, altho the fills show off it's nice timing, etc. anyways i don't have a manual so if anyone could e-mail me one in pdf format or something, i'd appreciate it... i like the fact that it's so small and compact, i do the drums in a band, and hauling around a computer with rebirth or something on it just isn't fun. nice FX, etc. greatest bang for the buck ever.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-20-2000 at 14:15
Joe Ginzo a hobbyist user from NJ writes:
I think it's the best drum machine value around. I picked up mine for $99, and the going rate on eBay is $150-$175, which is less than half of the DR-770s price, and the 660 is WAY more than half the machine the 770 is. I've actually owned both the 770 and the 660, and the 770 does sound a bit better (punchier/fuller: nice global settings feature for overall ambience: lo-fi, stadium, etc., and more extended editing features for each drum sound, AND each kit can consist of 48 drum sounds {without using MIDI}, as opposed to 32 sounds per kit on the 660, without using MIDI), but not enough to warrant the extra $, in my opinion. About the 660: Wide variety of snares and kicks (about 50 each), some cool "ambient" drums, nice, but not complete, selection of 808, 909, 78 percussion, as well as very solid acoustic drums (on a side note: why, generally speaking, aren't there ANY good sounding acoustic drum kits on keyboards/modules? I've had a JV-1010, an Alesis QS6.1, and have messed around with an XP-30: maybe Korg can do it, I dunno: if anybody knows where I can get some mucho excellantay acoustic drum kits in a board/module, please e-mail me). Two individual outs (as opposed to the 770s 1: go figure that one out). VERY easy to navigate: I don't have a manual, and I haven't, erm, missed a beat (sorry!). Memory does run a little short (150 user patterns), but if you've got a sequencer, it's not an issue. Comparatively speaking/bang-for-buck factor, it's a 5 out of 5. Overall, it's a 4.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-11-2000 at 21:50
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