Synth Site: Korg: DDD5 Drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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curtis mayfield a part-time user from oregon usa writes:
this machine rocks. it has one of the best industrial designs of a vintage machine. Very blade runner -esque visual elements and font. The sounds are somewhat dated but can be coaxed into defness with efx and editing. There seem to be a lot of these around the 'bay.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-04-2008 at 15:56
Neil Bergman a part-time user from just north of Nashville, Tn, USA writes:
I've owned a DDD-5 for almost 15 years, but my old co-writing partner had one several years before then. I've seen reviews here that complain about the stereo outs (as opposed to multiple, individual outputs) and the sound quality. I hate to break it to those of you, but at the time the DDD sounds were state of the art for an under $1000 machine (the alternative was the several thousand dollar Linndrum 9000 sampler) and no other machines in its' class offered multiple outputs.

But the best reason to own a DDD-5 today isn't for retro sounds. (I'd agree that those interested in industrial probably could spend their money elsewhere and get more bang for the buck.) The reason to own a DDD-5 is its' trigger buttons.

The design places a flange at the bottom of each button over a flange molded in the case. This puts most of the force of a hit from the button to the case, rather than the electronic trigger below. This protects the trigger while allowing you to wail on the buttons with little fear of breaking them.

Another, then unheard of, feature worth noting is the adjustable tuning. A fader gives instant access to a WIDE, two octave tuning range. This is especially helpful for tuning the bass sounds into a melody. Plus, these tuning adjustments can be recorded as part of the sequence. One of our favorite effects involved taking one of the floor tom sounds and down-tuning as far as possible. A little reverb and you have a wonderful, thunderous drum sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-19-2005 at 16:26
Giovanni Alexi a hobbyist user from Jacksonville FL USA writes:
I just bought this today for $20.It has some nice loud sounds for industrial and puerto rican reggaeton music but no manual and when I press a button it does not correspond to the panel layout.It is VERY hard to figureout because of this.Maybe a PDF manual out there??No velocity trigger though,maybe it is changable via software editor??

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-13-2003 at 17:35
Gordon Robertson a hobbyist user from Scotland(UK) writes:
The DDD5 IS a great machine. I agree that if you are looking for a wide selection of nice clean sounds, then it is NOT for you. That is not what classic gear is about though, is it? It has a unique, albeit less than clean sound. My feeling is that it must have been Korg's answer to the much used Roland TR505, but in my opinion much better, both in terms of programmability and sounds. Stereo outputs only are a bit limiting, but I have yielded some superb results multi-tracking various individual instruments ( has built in MIDI and analog tape sync functions) And at one time used the ddd-5 to sync a computer based sequencer to an analog tape machine!! (perhaps a somewhat redundant function in these days!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-13-2003 at 17:31
ELMER C. CAPARANGA a professional user from philippines writes:
I JUST BOUGHT THIS DDD-5 LAST MONTH . A SECOND HAND AND NO MANUAL , I NEED HELP. (I AM USING IT FOR MY BACK-UP )

posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 00:52
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