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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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John Gellings a hobbyist user from nj.... writes:
This machine is damn good.....who cares about the lack of a boomin paid next to nothing relatively can F*ck with it in so many ways.....I think even the staight sounds are decent....though I'm not picky and I'm not professional. the presets are pretty beat, but who uses presets when you can program....

To the people who need manuals......Roland sells them for $10.....

I hope that guy makes the DR-660 page soon.......

great machine for bedroom rock stars....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-18-1998 at 15:21
Leviathant a hobbyist user from shrewsbury, pa, usa writes:
Okay, I've had a lot more time to play with my 660. Why so many toms and so few metallic percussion... You just NEED a better variety of hihats, tune the toms yourself! Other than that, you can get some wacked stuff... I've made a few tunes using tuned 808 toms with huge decays. The flanger is pretty useless... It'd be cool if it flanged the entire beat instead of that one sample. I still hate using the internal sequencer, but if you get PUMP by Bram Bos, you hook this baby up and program it like it's an x0x box, and all of the sudden it's inner beauties are so much more easy to access! Sometimes the velocity sensitive pads get annoying when you try to program a pattern... Definately fool with the sounds. One of these days when I learn how to program better in a MODERN language at Penn State I'll make some program that makes programming those things like decay and tuning and nuance real easy from a rebirth-like panel. Of course, until then, the sound programming is rather a dull experience. Still, if you really put some effort into it, you can get some real quality beats out of this. Yeah, I wish it had more bass too. Silly roland fools. And that 909 kik, doesn't sound a thing like a 909 kik... <shrugs> Oh well, still my most pro piece of gear :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 23:56
Iain a professional user from UK writes:
Well, I quite like this drum machine. Lack of controllers means that this is basically a sample player with reverb and chorus (and other fixed parameters such as tuning, decay, panning etc). Able to alter parameters with Sysex, but then what a lot of fuss which nobody wants - why not just make it respond to MIDI controllers! Idiots! Lacks a kicking kick drum of any description, and even layering/adjusting the bass output (nuance) does nothing in my opinion. So, it's good for everything apart from where you want the kick that *really* kicks techno style. Other kick drums are fine and have character. Loads of snares. Few 'weird' percussion sounds which is a shame. Love having the pads to get the feel of drum sounds, although I rarely use the onboard sequencer apart from live work. The pattern generator can be synched to MIDI which is excellent for live work.

Playing with this drum machine almost made me forget about going to bed and having sex with my boyfriend, which is quite something since he has an amazing body (he works out 4 or 5 times a week). Luckily all parameters are instantly saved when you alter them, so I could just switch off the DR660, jump into bed and onto my boyfriend. Remembering the 4-to-the-floor rhythm patterns I'd programmed that evening was also very helpful in this context. For those of you (which *definitely* does NOT include me) considering using Viagra, I would consider buying a DR660 instead.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 16:57
Jay Easterby a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Definately a creative box - good timing and esp. good gradations of swing for an excellent garage/house feel. Sound tip 1 - take the bass guitar noise tune it up and lengthen the decay. Assign a few different notes of this noise to a few pads and stick a touch of chorus on it - you get a kind of strange jazzy piano sound, like a non-real real instrument (if you get me).

Sound tip 2 - take a melody sound (such as above or something made from tuned percussion) and assign to a few keys then assign a blank key to cut the note off (exc function). This allows you to use long sustaining sounds and cut them dead - esp. useful on the synth bass with a touch of chorus. Effectively, you can quantise the note lengths - excellent feel with a bit of swing on it.

The previous statement about NO BASS END is the definitive statement on this machine. Glad somebody, noticed. Pity I can't find anyone to agree with me about the shite timing on the R8, but that's another rant.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 04:57

I have DR-660 because I wanted to sound like Squarepusher stuff. But I have trouble with making drum'n bass stuff. You know "Feed me wierd things" album? He made the album with DR-660. I still have not figured out how to do the kind of shit. If somebody is familiar with how to make them please e-mail me. And any secret techniques, how to use step write function. I will give you some kind of Japanese porno video for that. Peace out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-09-1998 at 19:15
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