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Boss DR-880

Drum MachineDespite the availability of laptops and sequencers, many musicians do not want to do without their drum machines: whether during practice, composition or rehearsals, such devices offer fast and uncomplicated means to produce very good sounding drums!

Now, BOSS introduces the ultimate contemporary drum machine: In addition to the very best sounds of the current SRX library and 500 preset patterns from all musical genres, the innovative EZ Compose feature enables quick, hassle-free programming with ready-made kick / snare, ghost notes and hi-hat phrases without note-by-note programming hassles The DR-880 is an unbeatable companion for all musicians, with the addition of internal guitar effects plus amp modeling, individual outputs, USB connection with MIDI interface, digital output, etc.

  • 440 Drum sounds and 40 bass sounds
  • 100 Multi-effect patches with amp modelling for electric and acoustic guitar and bass
  • 500 Presets - 500 User Patterns
  • USB connection with complete MIDI interface
  • Import of MIDI file drum tracks possible
  • 2 Individual outputs + stereo out + digital out
  • Special guitar input
  • 2 Foot switches can be connected
  • Measurements (W x D x H): 27.4 x 24.5 x 7 cm
  • Includes power supply
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Sound samples

  • Groove 1
  • Groove 2
  • Groove 3
  • Groove 4

Further information

Sound Synthesis Sample-based
Pads 20
Effects Yes
Bass Yes
Display Yes
Number of analog outputs 4
Headphone Connector Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No

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This is the drum machine I was looking for

Marmaduke, 17.05.2014
I've been somewhat frustrated in recent years being a home studio guitar band type musician and using several old drum machines, mostly an R-8 and an SR-16. I tried and didn't like the SR-18 but this DR-880 is just about right. 80% of the sounds are regular drum and percussion sounds, and very good ones. If you fear a machine packed with subsonic thuds and urban grunts you won't find many here.

I docked a star for handling because although the interface is good and the display is pretty clear (and backlit) there is a gold standard for drum sequencing, and that is still the TR-808 or more modern machines like the Elektrons. The DR-880 does have a far better sequence display than the R-8 but still not quite up with the best.

I also docked one for quality. The buttons are not great for playing (in this case not as good as the R-8) and the whole unit is fairly light plastic. I expect it will last well enough, especially as I tend to play into the machine from a keyboard which has a better feel.

Overall though a great machine and just what I needed to bring my drum sounds up to date in a more modern package. The "human feel" features (ghost notes, fills, etc.) work well and if you want to see what the machine can do click through to the Bonzo patterns which have a very passable Led Zep. The chord and bass programming is also handy if you need it (you can keep a bunch of complete songs to play along with). It's also very easy to switch out the input effects and ambience.
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Great guitar companion

Reynaldo M., 08.02.2015
Fast groove making and very nice as practice partner.
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