Synth Site: Korg: DDD5 Drum machine: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Matthias Stock a professional user from Osnabrueck, Germany writes:
This one was my first drummachine in 1990. Bought it second hand instead of a Roland R5, because the R5 was to expensive for me as a 17 year old pupil. Today I think it would have been better to wait for more money for the Roland R5. The Korg DDD-5 sounds very muddy and digital and makes a more or less thin sound. It also has only one stereo-output which prevents you from getting more out of it by processing each sound further on its own. If you want natural percussion sounds then its not that worse but if you want fat drumsounds for dance and other styles of modern electronic music, than this one is crap! Maybe the one or other TOP40 musician will like it, otherwise stay away from this.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-21-2003 at 20:44
Kenny Cobb a part-time user from USA writes:
I ADORE THIS MACHINE!I quit using the sounds for now,but may go back and check them out some more soon.I use it exclusivly for programming other machines via MIDI,there is a lack of MIDI notes(IMO)but with most machines today,that comes as no problem.I have bought two,cause my 1st one kinda flopped on me(all the outputs went bad)so i use one for parts...

I have an "electronic percussion" ROM card with I think 6 AMAZING electronic drum sounds...

TRICK:If you have a ROM card,you can assign a pad to a sound from it,then carefully pull the ROM card out a bit...you'll get an awesome strange noise...but if you plan on recording these sounds,its best to sample it,I've found its hard to get the same sound twice.I have heard Nine Inch Nails use this sort of sound at the end of one of their tracks from "the fragile"CD

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-09-2001 at 22:33
zac a hobbyist user from canada writes:
Just got my ddd-5 the other day, i do a lot of hardcore industial stuff and the ddd-5 fits the bill! there is a bass drum in there thats one of the most massive scary noises i've ever heard. (with a metal zone pedal of course!) also some of the cymbals turn into hard clanking industrie sounds with some distortion. However theres no manual and have been unable to program it internaly, so i just slaveit to my roland mc-300.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-23-2001 at 14:07
Duane O'Donnell a part-time user from Kalifornia writes:
A great machine for live gigs. The strong point of this unit is in the presets. You program your beats, then assign them to the 24 preset rhythm slots. Each of the 24 rhythm slots has it's own tempo. Each has its own intro and ending. Each has two fills. And all can be controlled by two footswitches. The internal sounds are dated, but you use the DDD5 to trigger the sounds in another module or your synth. I bought this unit when it first came out in 87, sold it, and then bought another in 97. A great buy for less than $99.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-18-2000 at 15:06
Simon X Greenwood a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The last drum machine before everyone started trying too hard. I did a whole LP with a DDD-5, painstakingly messing with pitches and levels at the pattern level to make it sound 'human'. It beats the Alesis HR-16 (and SR-16) by limiting its kits and not making them sound too live - if you use a drumbox you're using it to get a clean easy sound rather then fighting with fake 'live' sounds IMO.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-01-1999 at 19:49
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