Zoom RT-223 RhythmTrak Drum Machine


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The Zoom RT-223 is a dedicated rhythm machine designed to make rhythm programming truly easy

You can take the shortest possible route from idea to finished song. No need to boot up a PC and start DAW software, or laboriously read sound source data into a sampler. Most controls on the top panel of the RT-223 have only a single function, and there are no complicated multi-level menus. The backlit LCD shows all important information at a glance.

Seventy different kits from Rock Drum to Voice Percussion 

The range of drum kits built into the RT-223 is simply amazing. A total of 70 drum kits are built-in, with acoustic drum sounds for rock, R&B, funk, and jazz. Add an analog rhythm machine great for Techno and Hip Hop. Ethnic percussion sounds are also available. There are also five Human Voice "Beat Box" Percussion kits that are currently all the rage in Hip Hop. Create advanced rhythm tracks where kick, snare, scratch and other instrument sounds are expressed as human voices.

Create your own drum kits

A drum kit consists of 13 pads x 3 banks = 39 sounds. Sound sources can be freely selected and assigned to the pads. Fine-tune parameters such as pitch, level, and panning to create your own original drum kits. The RT-223 lets you store up to 127 user-programmed kits.


Twelve built-in bass sound sources

Choose from electric bass styles such as Pick, Finger, and Slap. Or select Acoustic Bass, Synthesizer Bass, or one of the other bass sources, 12 in total. To create a bass line, you can play the pads with assigned chromatic pitches just like a keyboard. A dedicated switch quickly lets you mute the bass sound at any time.


Two types of effects to control EQ and Ambience

The overall EQ and tonal quality of a drum kit can be adjusted with the COMP EQ effect. The REVERB effects can be used simultaneously. These effects can also be applied to bass sounds. Up to 40 settings for each effect can be stored as patches.


440 preset patterns cover all musical styles

From Rock, Jazz, and Funk to Club and House, the RT-223 comes with 440 playing patterns that can be used straight away. A large number of phrase variations including intro, fill-in, and ending patterns are also provided. By simply combining these, you can whip up a backing rhythm that delivers the goods.

Touch-sensitive pads let you build original patterns

Programming your own patterns is a snap, thanks to the touch-sensitive drum pads. The RT-223 records not only your timing, but also the dynamics of your finger work. You can create and store up to 511 patterns. The process is made even easier through visual cues provided by the self-lit pads.


Quickly create original songs with FAST method

You can combine any number of drum patterns in any order to create a song. In addition to step input where you select patterns one by one, the RT-223 also offers the innovative FAST (Formula Assisted Song Translator) method. With FAST, you use simple mathematical symbols such as +, -, (, and ) to specify the pattern lineup. This is especially useful for songs with repeated patterns. To play pattern number 12 eight times and then pattern 25 sixteen times, you simply enter "12 x 8 + 25 x 16". By enclosing this in brackets and adding a multiplication factor such as "( ) x 4", the entire sequence can be repeated. The RT-223 lets you store as many as 100 songs for automated backing.


Groove play mode lets you play patterns like a DJ

Assigning patterns to pads allows you to trigger patterns simply by tapping the pads. This is great for live performances and for DJ use.


User-friendly design for simple operation

The RT-223 is a dedicated rhythm machine designed to make rhythm programming truly easy. You can take the shortest possible route from idea to finished song. No need to boot up a PC and s

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  • Drum Machine
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Other Features 13 Pads
Model RT-223


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It works well but...

By DBG singer/song writer

from Wynnewood, Pa

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer


  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys


  • Foot Pedal request ONLY

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment

Comments about Zoom RT223 Rhythm Trak Professional Drum Machine:

Works as described - owners manual is easy to understand - IT DOES NOT COME WITH A POWER CORD how stupid is that!?!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


sound like a pro

By Big G

from Queens, N.Y.

About Me Novice


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


    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts

    Comments about Zoom RT223 Rhythm Trak Professional Drum Machine:

    great for bass players to hone on your timing and to jam with when by your self easy to use right away with quick start instructions when I first got it i couldn't put my bass down it was that much fun

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    RT-223 RhythmTrak Drum Machine

    The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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