Boss DR880 Drum Machine

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The DR880 is a rhythm-programming powerhouse that's loaded with world-class drum, percussion, and bass sounds from Roland's famous SRX library. It also includes a stunning collection of original waveforms. You can get microscopic with the DR880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Patterns can be taken deeper with the Groove Modify feature, where various groove and triplet feels can be applied. Ghost notes and fills can also be added automatically. Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly to the DR880's Guitar/Bass Input jack, and playing through the built-in COSM® Drive/Amp models and multi-effects.
    •  Innovative EZ Compose feature for quick, hassle-free programming •  440 world-class drum and percussion sounds, 40 bass sounds with COSM bass-amp models •  Guitar/bass input, multi-effects, COSM amp models •  3 independent insert effects (EQ and compression), TSC (Total Sound Control) featuring 3-band EQ and high-quality ambience •  1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user); easily add fills, ghost notes, chord progressions, and more •  20 velocity-sensitive pads •  Four assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs •  Individual outputs, digital out, USB port

World-Class Sounds
A remarkable new collection of top-quality, custom sounds was created for the DR-880. But we didn’t stop there; some of the most famous sounds from our renowned SRX library were added to the DR-880’s sound-set, as well as electric and synth bass sounds. From rich, sparkling studio drums and deep-dish electronic kits to standard and exotic percussion instruments, a world of rhythm and groove is at your fingertips. 

Direct Guitar/Bass Input
Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly into the DR-880’s Guitar/Bass Input jack. Guitarists can play through the built-in COSM Drive/Amp models, and multi-effects such as chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and reverb. For acoustic guitar, the DR-880 offers an Acoustic Processor, chorus, and reverb. For bass players, the compressor/limiter, chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and COSM® bass amp models will help you cook up extra-tasty bass lines.

EZ Compose
You can get microscopic with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons on the front panel, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Using the Pattern mode, you can select and combine pre-programmed phrase combinations to create new patterns. Press the Chord Progression button to select chord-progression templates. With the Fill-In button, you can select phrases from the Fill-In library, and insert them into the pattern. The library contains a variety of phrases, ranging from simple fills to bombastic breaks.

Connectivity
Play through headphones or route your signal from the DR-880 directly to your choice of recording input or amplification, including outboard guitar amps. Quick output adjustments can be made in the Output Select mode to facilitate proper connection to the outside world. Two individual Outs allow independent output of backing tracks and guitars, or independent output of kick and snare. The DR-880 has two stereo footswitch/controller inputs; a maximum of four footswitches can be connected using stereo 1/4" cables (sold separately). One of the footswitch/controller jacks supports expression pedal input, so you can connect an EV-5 (sold separately) to control guitar volume, or play wah effects. The DR-880 also has a S/PDIF digital out and a USB port for MIDI interfacing and SMF Data import.

Groove Modify
Take your grooves even deeper with the Groove Modify feature, which applies various groove and triplet feels to your patterns. Simply select the templates that are included, and inject realistic feels to static patterns. Ghost notes can also be added automatically by selecting the ghost-note phrases that are preset in the DR-880.

Specifications:

    •  Maximum Polyphony  32 *Depending on the bass sounds selected, maximum polyphony may be lower
    •  Instruments  Drums: 440, Bass: 40
    •  Kits  Preset: 100, User: 100
    •  Rhythm Patterns  Preset: 500, User: 500
    •  Songs  User: 100
    •  Maximum Note Storage  approx. 30,000 notes
    •  Resolution  Per quarter note: 96
    •  Tempo  Quarter note: 20 – 260 bpm
    •  Pads  20 with velocity sensitive
    •  Display  Custom LCD (with backlight)
    •  Connectors  Rear: Master Out L(Mono), R (1/4" phone type), Master Out L, R (RCA pin type), Individual Out A, B (1/4" phone type), Digital Out (coaxial), USB, CTL 1/2 jack(1/4" TRS phone type), CTL 3/4(EXP Pedal) jack (1/4" TRS phone type), MIDI In, Out, AC Adaptor jack
    •  Front: Phones (stereo 1/4" phone type), Guitar/Bass Input (1/4" phone type)
    •  Power Supply  AC Adaptor (BOSS BRC series)
    •  Current Draw  600 mA (Max)
    •  Accessories  AC Adaptor (BRC series), Owner’s Manual, DR-880 Driver CD-ROM
    •  Options  Foot Switch: FS-5U, FS-6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, Connection Cable: PCS-31 (Roland)
    •  Size: 10 3/4 x 9 9/16 x 2 7/8" (273 x 242 x 72mm)
    •  Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz (1.4 kg)

Things You Will Get:

  • Drum Machine
  • Power Supply
  • CD-ROM
  • Manual
Series DR Series
Model DR880

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BossDR880 Drum Machine
 
4.0

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5.0

BEST DRUM MACHINE EVER HAD, BY FAR!

By KEYMAN

from PALM HARBOR, FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Home Studio
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

    I HAVE HAD MANY DRUM MACHINES SINCE 1989, AND THIS ONE IS BY FAR THE BEST. THE QUALITY OF MOST SOUNDS IS PERFECT AND SHOULD NEVER SOUND DATED. SNARE DRUMS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE DECAY OF THEM. THIS HAS IT BIG TIME. THIS TAKES MY MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND I CAN'T WAIT TO BUY A GUITAR AND USE THOSE EFFECT TOO! THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED MY DRUM MACHINE TO SOUND LIKE AND THE PATTERNS ARE MOSTLY USEFUL. BOSS RULES!!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DR880 BOSS DRUM MACHINE

    By JACK

    from N.MICHIGAN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

        I was looking for a drum machine for live performance.has Tons of usable preset paterns for most music styles... BUT, you cant easily switch to chorus variations for the preset patterns. With all the junk on it you need to be a M.I.T. GRAD TO figure out. Near as I can figure, this is not a live performance machine. The DR 3 has variations, but not enough preset patterns for variety performers. Wish Boss would build the DR3 with DR880 500 patterns,and omitt the bulk of TWEAKING junk .......just good drum patterns with footswitchable variations...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Perfect for practicing

        By Scott

        from Columbus, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Sound
        • Touch Sensitive Keys
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Complicated

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Practicing

        Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

        This one heck of a fun machine, and perfect for practicing guitar or keyboard. Being able to pick from hundreds of factory preset patterns and watch their chords go by while you play along is a really powerful way to learn improv, chording, solos and rhythm across a variety of styles.

        You can then use the EZ compose to quickly create new patterns, although the variety of what you can produce is somewhat limited. It's better than throwing you to the deep menu forest!

        Speaking of, the only negative is that this is a kick-butt drum machine, replete with complex menus and options. At least is has a big LCD screen!

        I'd certainly buy another one if lost or stolen - it's helped me progress with the guitar much faster than without.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big Sounds and Affordable-

        By Alien Depressed

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Beginners
            • Practice
            • Travel

            Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

            The Doctor Rhythm 880 is fun and easy to play with. I picked this item for my home studio and I'm not at all let down. It has MUCH more to offer as a training device and to compose with than any digital Metronome on the market. For some artists, it's just not an on stage machine, {$] it's outrageously versatile. I think the BOSS 880 is more than worth it's price tag when you consider that a simple Metronome would be nearly {$]-

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            I took it back!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

            "I'm convinced everyone at Boss got together in a big room and suggested one item they wanted in an electronic musical machine. They then put all of the suggestions into this machine along with the kitchen sink but did not get the interface dude off of vacation to put the thing together. The patterns sound good and I like the ghost notes but I am back with my DR 770 until I find something better. Also, I would not use the guitar effects for anything but playing along with the machine - definitely not for live performance or recording. "

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

            "Great looping features. I love the sensitivity of the pads, it makes it more real with the music. You need a midi device to really record which sucks, but I think being able to throw ghost notes into my beats and the triplet feature too. For the price I really can't complain."

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Small price, big features!"

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

            "Small price, big features! The drum samples are studio quality and you have a bunch of them (over 400). Since the pads are velocity sensitive, your programming can be very realistic. That fact that you can add ghost notes and fills automatically adds to the realism. Groove Modify lets you add a ""human"" triplet feel to your patterns. GARY1007"

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Boss Dr 880

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Boss DR880 Drum Machine:

            This is not a real time on the job drum machine. It is a very nice basss and drum midi playback box with well thought out features for guitar. Don't expect to write your tunes without some external midi device. For simple tunes you can play a bass pattern into the 880 by midi grom a keyboard. This bass pattern can then be played according to the chord changes you type in. The drum patterns are extensive and much better than the bass patterns. For complex tunes the best solution is to write your tune in band in the box and export a standard midi file. The biggest problem is lack of memory and no expansion card. If you can live with 25-50 patterns this is almost as good/better than having a live drummer and bass player. By using the looping feature you can have an intro and ending and play as many choruses as desired until you push the loop button. You can also transpose and change tempo at any time.

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            DR880 Drum Machine

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