Synth Site: Zoom: Rhythmtrack RT-123: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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unkle deep a hobbyist user from usa fla writes:
avery surprising piece,no hype a sleeper if u will,as all the reviers said,the sounds are nice really inyo face,i had bought this for my daughter,but after playin with it,man i told her i have to keep it, it has a sound like no other ,its warm and fat xtremely realistic,.i love this piece,and to have the basses there too.in other words the foundation is there.if u see one ofthese pick it up,and too the ones that think they will never score a hit with this ,is ay.blah blah ablah. to each his own.peace

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-06-2005 at 12:46
Tom a hobbyist user from that wonderful country called Australia writes:
A great little box. I got mine cheap ($220aud when they retail at about $500aud) so it was a very good pick-up.

The box is very small but very solid. The phones jack and volume knob on mine were a bit loose, but that should be easily fixed.

There are 79 drumkits and 24 bass patches, so it has quite a nice selection of tones given its size and price. (Especially compared to my previous purchase, the TR505). The play modes were easily worked out upon getting it, and the recording was easily worked out after downloading the manual off the net. The manual should be readily available in .pdf form if your looking for it. The preset patterns are pretty good, and really sum up where Zoom were going with this thing. It has 4 banks of 99 patterns (the 4th is user) and has a good selection of both rock and dance patterns. This thing is perfect for guitar backing tracks or whatever (and therefore a guaranteed earner) but has some drum and bass, trip-hop, ambient, house...NICE There are some limitations with this bit of kit: 1. No midi out 2. No battery power apart from this, it was well worth the (cheap) price i paid for it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-02-2003 at 07:51
Philipp Koltsov a professional user from Russia writes:
Funny but usefull toy with a lot of really good drum samples inside! U can use this cheap small box as a ton-generator via midi master keyboard & mix Zoom's drums with something serious like Roland, Kurzweil or E-mu drum tracks - sounds great!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-21-2003 at 22:43
Joeri a part-time user from Belgium writes:
I think the rt-123 is the best buy if you want a cheap and easy-to-use live drum machine. I also used it in the studio and the bass sound we used was stunning. No more human rhythm sections as far as i'm concerned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-30-2002 at 09:55
Greg Patterson a part-time user from Canada writes:
Not much gets said in these reviews about the Midi implementation of these drum machines, so...

I decided I wanted a low-cost drum module which would act as a drum sound source driven from Cakewalk. I did not expect to be doing a whole lot of programming of patterns and songs using the drum machine's internal sequencer. Having checked out reviews on the web, I originally bought a Boss DR-670. Generally pretty nice drum and bass sounds. You set the bass up on one Midi channel, and the drums on another. First problem: the bass instrument is tied to the drum kit (program) you select. If you want a different bass sound, you have to select a different (factory or user) drum kit. Then I discover that the bass does not respond to Midi controller events such as pitch bend and volume, and the bass will play only a single note at a time: you can't play bass "chords". And the drum kits have something like 30 instruments total.

Back to the shop for a loaner Zoom RT-123. For Midi, much better. You can have two drum kits (about 50 instruments on each, although there's significant overlap) on different Midi channels (10 and 16, say), and you have the bass part on another channel. Probably use this with a "normal" kit on one channel and a "special" kit, like FX, say, on the other channel. You select the drum kits and bass instruments via patch change events in real time on the appropriate Midi channel - the drum kits and bass instruments are independant. The drum sounds seem pretty good, although you cannot customise the kits. The bass part responds to pitch bend Midi events (very important), as well as volume (useful) and pan. Plus the bass part is polyphonic. The only Midi downside is the lack of Midi Out...

Took the Boss back, got the Zoom, and scored a refund out of it 'cos the Zoom is cheaper. Yeah.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 19:52
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