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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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geeseaplenty from usa writes:
I've owned this machine for a little more than a year. Since I never use it's internal sequencer (I use Cubase instead), I'll review it as a sound module.

This is a fantastically punchy and fat sounding machine. The key to making it sound really expressive and thoroughly realistic is by remapping some of the keys, which is easy. For instance, my basic kit will consist of two types of closed hi hat, two types of open hi hat and one hi hat pedal. Out of 16 pads, that takes up eleven of them. It's alot, but you still have 11 to work with, plus another bank of 16 if you A/B the kit. What's cool about the machine is the envelopes like "decay," "nuance," and "pitch" which allow you to radically alter each sound. In my case, I give each hi-hat a slighty different timbre in order to simulate left and right hand strokes. This eliminates the sameness of sound that makes most drum machines sound static, false, and completely uninteresting. I do exact same thing with the ride cymbal and snare (even a tom or two). The effect is amazing. I've fooled drummers, this way. Yes, real drummers who play real drums.

posted Wednesday-Feb-12-2003 at 13:20
a part-time user writes:
Truly one of the finer Boss drum boxes out there. I have tried almost all of them. This one is very capable of kicking some arse hard!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-25-2002 at 20:55
Atom from Ryssia,Krasnodarskij kraj. Krimsk.yl.Spartaka 3/4 writes:
ja chocy kupit DR-770

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-12-2002 at 01:11
ggoolllluumm a part-time user from USA writes:
The best thing about this thing is the sequencer. I love it more than any other I have used. Same with the DR-660. I have both and can mix sounds together with another drum modual. So I am telling you that I can make my own sounds this way. And they are better sounds than I have ever listened to. But I am not a pop artist in anyway. Mix with RM1X sounds or a modual that can also asine and mix sounds. RM1X can't asine sounds so you will need 2 or 3 DR-660s for real stereo sounds mixing with RM1X. I think the sounds on the DR-660 sound better than DR-770. But I like sounds on the Dr-770 when they are mixed with something els too.

If I had to,I would bye the a DR-770 or 660 sequencer for $2000 dollers. You can try out different sound mods to mix with it till you find the right one for you. If you like to sequence drums or trigger-sequence drum type samples in realtime,and waist no time putting it all together,and delete single notes out in a realtime patterns as fast as you can punch them in,and quickly lead them all into a song,and songs into songs,and all this time going back and forth changing sounds and effects in the kits you easly created with plenty of patterns and memory to finish intime for Richard Simmons. I say that because you lose your appatite and the abillity to spell corectly after 10 years of alienation from the world just playing and playing and playing and playing and playing and playing and playing and playing with it. And it becomes the part of your brain that is now gone. You can also set and re-set quantize in each pattern. Delete and coppy patterns just like that. Change patterns down the number and lead them together the same way at the tern of a button. Everything is so simple and fast,you might forget you are still bound by phiscall limitations. The DR-770 is a bit more anoying,but really only a little. Sounds are useable mixed with others. You can decide what notes in the DRs will trigger what notes in another modual. After you are done with a drum track,record the data to another sequencer. Then play it back to the DRs and drum modual. You might need a midi through box. RM1x doesnt have a quantize setting like DR-660/770 but you can save on disk with RM1x and edit. But remember,the DR-660/770s will only trigger sounds. If only there was a keyboard sequencer with all the good stuff the DR-660/770s have. Maybe the DR-202 does and you can use it to sequence your keyboard. Anyone know? What is the differences between the DR-770 and the DR-202? Does anyone els besides me ever give somewhat of a review and not mostly just a debate. People need info. I need to know if there is a keyboard sequencer out there in the style of DR-660/770 so I can get on with things. Anyone have any ideas? I also would be greatfull to anyone for trying to really help me. I need a sequencer that basicly works like a DR-770,but for a keyboard. It could be a DR-202,I can't get enouph info on it to tell. It is allwase the same info I read. If I could have only one trigger machine,it would be a DR-770. I might go for an MC-303 if I knew I could delete notes in realtime. But I don't think you can. DR-770 or maybe an Akai MPC-something.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-21-2001 at 06:34
smproductions a part-time user from The Steel City/USA writes:
I just picked up a user demo for $150.00 (no Manual). This thing is nice and will save me lots of time from sampling drum kits. Unbelievable sounds, patterns and functions. Can't wait to get the manual and really get into it, but everything is pretty basic so far. Well worth $200-250 depending on what you do with it.

posted Thursday-Nov-15-2001 at 16:41
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