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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I just got 660 for 1200sek ( about 115£ i guess ) and I´m having lots of fun. Samplers and computers are all fine but nothing beats the feeling of a good old drummachine. It´s so great to be able to start it up and just play along on the keyboards. OK, so it´s not a great techno-machine but does everything REALLY have to be techno? There must be other drum combinations than 909kick, 909hihat and 909clap. If you need fat kicks just get a SU10 and hook it up and run some samples on it from the 660, thats what I intend to do. STOMPER will get you all the analogtype kicks you need totally free. Just visit "SHAREWARE MUSICMACHINES" and download it! I had a R8 before and it had a better feel to it and more control but the 660 has loads more sounds. GET ONE FOR FUN IF NOTHING ELSE!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-16-1999 at 15:09
Jimmy a part-timer user from USA writes:
VERY sweet beatbox...I had a used Mc303 for about 3 weeks, and i couldnt stand it...i pity the fools who buy em new...so anyway..i traded the Mc303 off for a Dr660 and some cash. Quite a nice deal IMHO. I got it last night and i think its quite nice (it kinda replaces my Dr550mk2)Unlike my Dr550, the 660 DOES properly Sync up to other stuff. No matter how hard i tried, the 550 never wanted to sync. first thing i did was spin thru the presets and found the 909 kit..laid down a basic kick-hat-kick-hat 4 on the floor beat...then i synced my sequencer+Jp8000+Jv1080 up with the Dr660..i locked all LFO's Delay,CHorus and Arpeggitor with the 660's MIDI clock. MAN!! You can do some WICKED WICKED stuff. I jus kept on scrolling thru my Jp8000's Arp styles, and a new hook kept on rollin out. Very VERy nice. THo programmin was kinda funny at first..im so used to the 16 steps..you know..put the beat on 1,5,9..etc..With this you select 4 beat..or somethin..and put in where the beat should be..like on the 1st count, 3 count..you know..EFX are quite nice as well, i like the delay and chorus, they sweet. I plan as using this as my replacement gig and studio app. Machine..I LOVE this thing!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-03-1999 at 13:21
Archie a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got this for 100 bucks and I know thats a miracle. Anyways, I LOVE this thing. Its the bomb. You can do jungle...you can do anything if you learn the secrets of editing the sounds(i.e. lower down the pitches of snares and bass drums to get sample-like hip hop sounds). I use it for my background to me on acoustic guitar. It's perfect for me...but I am a minimalist kinda guy. I make waht I like to call "electric folk". Like, there is not many sound effects but then again you can tweek up sounds to sound unique and unnatural. So if you all about qulity not quantity...GO GET IT MAN! But, of course, get it used. As much as I love this thing, there is NO WAY IN HELL it is worth more than 400! Well, actually I can see how it would be worth 400...but try to get it used and cheaper=) I love my Boss DR-660. I am gonna name my kid DR-660!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-16-1999 at 01:42
Joe Kramer a part-timer user from Los Angeles writes:
This machine yields an excellent "real" sound with a little programming effort. For instance, those who have complained about lack of hi-hat sounds, try these tricks. Assign a tight closed hat and a slightly looser closed hat to two different pads for more subtle 8th note riffs. Also try layering the REAL open hat sound with the POP open hat sound. The POP sound has longer sustain (which the REAL sound lacks) and the hats rattle together as well, which gives a fairly convincing effect. I find the kick drums plenty punchy, but then these sound best layered also. I use a woodier kick with all the lows (nuance) dialed out, and then the SHELL sound under that, tuned low and with most of the high end dialed out. Incidentally, for those into the guts of their gear, Roland and most other manufactures use fairly cheap op amps, and those in the DR660 are no exception. The box is easy to take apart, and inside there are four dual op amps corresponding to the four output jacks. If you have a particular favorite op amp, you will find a vast improvement in clarity and punch by replacing the cheapies. On the other hand, if you're not sure of what you're doing, Don't Fuck With It. For anyone interested, I would be happy to discuss the modification. As with any piece of gear, the longer you work with it, the more you can get out of it. For those of us on a budget, the enforced necessity of sticking with one piece while the latest toys come and go can be a good thing. DR660 Forever!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-30-1999 at 02:09
Jason M. a part-timer user from Tempe, AZ writes:
I really like my Boss DR-660, not only for the wide amount of available drum sounds but for those non-drum percussion sounds. You really can tweak this thing out between the pitch adjustment (-2400 to 2400 microns or whatever is a nice range for drum boxes) and the chorus/flange unit... If you want bass just get some EQ on it, but better yet, try and distort it! It's definately better for 'real' drum sounds, but it's certainly got a nice selection of electronic drums and wierdness. Once you figure out the step sequencer it's nice but I prefer to tap out the beat on those velocity & aftertouch sensitive pads and then quantitize out my lack of good rhythm. Cross fading the pads leads for some real nice work if used right. Those toms are great! If you're good with step sequencing you can really make this thing do your every wish! Id pay $250 for this thing EASY, considering all it does.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-10-1998 at 00:20
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