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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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J.Kenney a professional user from USA writes:
Been using the R-8 since it came out. Completely spoiled...I use 7 of the 8 outs in live gigging(MADMAN hehehe)...started using drum machines in the 80's...went through 10 before i found this one....and i never looked again...this is the real deal. Would love to get a R-8m someday just so i dont have to move my R-8 around anymore. But really...this is what a drum machine is supposed to be IMHO BTW Paid a cool grand for it...never regretted that either.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-23-2001 at 15:34
Bill Baxendale a professional user from London (England) writes:
Yup, the R-8 is a fantastic machine. I have the R-8 mkII, R-5 and sadly the TR-626. The R-8 has got to be the closest thing to Jeff Porcaro/Steve Upton on the planet that comes out of a box. If anybody knows a better way to make it sound like your playing with the 'top brass', let me know!

Cheers, Bill Baxendale

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2000 at 21:48
Pala a hobbyist user from Ecuador writes:
The best!! Easy to use, 8 assignable outputs, 2 stereo outputs, and great sounds that came out in any mix!! I have 2 Rom cards, Dance and Power Drum both with great sounds. The R8 have something in it that makes the mix sound ALIVE...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-20-2000 at 13:08
Clarence a professional user from USA writes:
I owned a TR-505, SR-16, DR-550, and DR-660 before my R-8. I've also used an SE-440 and some Yamaha crap drum machine, too. None of these units can compare to the sound of the R-8. There is something about the sound of the R-8 that cuts through a mix. I have studied the specs of the DR-660 and they appear to match the specs of the R-8, but in the same way as a Ford and a BMW are both cars, only one will drive much better.

The only gripe is the lack of built-in fx, but there are 8 outputs so you can use your external fx units. The pads on mind don't feel like they're pressure-sensitive. They kind of go "thud" when you tap on them, not like the soft rubbery pads on the cheapie drum machines I've played with.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-26-2000 at 23:29
Alan a part-time user from USA writes:
This unit is a standard, for good reason. I primarily use it for my home studio, but have been known to drag it out to a coffeehouse setting from time to time. It's amazing! Plugged into a live PA, it sounds better than live drums. Set it on a table and let customers use the pads to play in realtime and they quickly get the feel for its velocity-sensitive pads. Learning is MUCH less steep than other units, but is remarkably deep in function/features. OnBoard memory is slender, so if you are into programming grab fistfuls of the RAM cards (ME-256). Cards are available at E-bay frequently, including the ROM Sounds. Voice Crystal sells RAM that supports this unit, 526K compatible cards. 3 for $240 last time I looked there.

This drum machine is fun, powerful, friendly and widely available, so I can't see less than a 5 rating for it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-08-2000 at 12:41
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