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Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine with Guitar/Bass Hi-Z In, SPDIF Digital Out and USB Port

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The Roland DR-880 Dr. Rhythm drum machine offers an innovative design featuring a Hi-Z instrument input with complementary multi-effects and proprietary COSM amp modeling. The unit offers a large library of drum sounds and kits, preset rhythm patterns and chord progressions.

The DR-880 Dr. Rhythm Groove Modify templates allow the user to change the feel and character of the preset patterns, and the EZ Compose feature, with dedicated access buttons, allows for quick composition and arrangement.

The DR-880 Dr. Rhythm is a versatile, reasonably priced solution for enhanced personal music production requirements.

Drum machine and Rhythm Pattern generator with 20 velocity-sensitive pads and large, backlit custom LCD
1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user) with fills, ghost notes and chord progressions
Guitar/Bass Hi-Z input with multi-effects processing, COSM amp models and built-in tuner
440 drum and percussion sounds, 40 bass sounds with COSM bass-amp models
30,000-note sequencer, EZ Compose programming feature for quick preset pattern and chord "track" arranging
Groove Modify templates for creative enhancement of pattern and phrase feel with fills, ghost notes, alternative quantization
3 independent drum insert effects (EQ and compression), TSC (Total Sound Control) featuring 3-band EQ and high-quality ambience
Four assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs
Individual outputs, SPDIF digital out, USB port
Triggers 20 x Velocity-Sensitive Pads
Polyphony 32 Voices
Multitimbral 16-Part
Presets 100 x Kits
440 x Drums
40 x Basses
500 x Patterns
50 Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar Effects
User Memory 100 x Kits
500 x Patterns
100 x Songs
50 Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar Effects
Effects COSM Amp Models
COSM Bass Amp Models
50 x Guitar/Bass Multi-Effects
Acoustic Processor for Acoustic Guitar
TSC Drum Ambience + 3-Band EQ
3 x EQ + Compression Insert Effects
Sequencer Notes: 30,000
Resolution: 96 PPQ
Songs:100
Controllers 20 x Trigger Pads
1 x Guitar/Bass Input Level Knob
2 x Drums/Bass Part Level Knobs
1 x Value Dial
1 x Master Volume Knob
Expansion Slots No
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS Phone Master, L/Mono, Right
2 x 1/4" TS Phone Individual
1 x MIDI
1 x Coaxial SPDIF Digital
1 x USB
Inputs 1 x 1/4 TRS Phone Control 1/2
1 x 1/4" TRS Phone Control 3/4/Expression Pedal
1 x MIDI In
1 x 1/4" TS Phone Guitar/Bass Hi-Z In
Headphone Output Yes, 1/4" Stereo Phone
SCSI No
External Storage MIDI SysEx, USB
Display Custom Backlit LCD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.7 x 9.5 x 2.8" (273 x 242 x 71mm)
Weight 4.2 lb (1.9 kg)
Specialties Hi-Z Instrument Input with Effects
SPDIF Digital Output
Groove Modify Templates
EZ Compose Pattern/Progression Feature
Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine with Guitar/Bass Hi-Z In, SPDIF Digital Out and USB Port
  • AC Adapter
  • DR-880 Driver CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    BossDR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (13)
    • Versatile (13)
    • Responsive (9)
    • Huge tone (7)
    • Sensitive (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (13)
      • Soundtracks (7)
      • Small venues (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Novice (7), Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      DR-880 Encourages Playing !! :)

      I'm a hobbiest musician and practicing and playing are more enjoyable when you have some accompaniment. The DR-880 does this well providing drums and bass for many genres of music. The sounds from...Read complete review

      I'm a hobbiest musician and practicing and playing are more enjoyable when you have some accompaniment. The DR-880 does this well providing drums and bass for many genres of music. The sounds from the DR-880 are rich and very realistic which really helps to encourage one to play more. The DR-880 has an input for guitar, either electric or acoustic, or bass and has built in modeling effects to enhance the instruments sound. So far I've only tried electric guitar through it and the resulting sound was very good and easy to balance into the mix of drums and bass.

      Programming patterns and songs is very easy once you you get the hang of the menus. I have owned an Alesis SR16 since they were introduced years ago and I never really liked trying to write patterns to it. The DR-880 is really a big step up from the Alesis unit in this respect.

      I haven't found anything I don't like about the DR-880 as of yet. Boss gear has a good reputation for design features and durability, so it makes it difficult to find any negative points.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good if you dont like pc's

      If you only have an electric guitar and this piece you are good to go. Its just much more awkward and inflexible then computer programs though. On the other hand, its very stable.

      If you only have an electric guitar and this piece you are good to go. Its just much more awkward and inflexible then computer programs though. On the other hand, its very stable.

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      5.0

      What a guitar/bass, DR-880 and an amp...

      By JimJohnD

      from Findlay, Oh

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

        ...All you need to start out. I could have saved a lot of money if I had purchased this when I was starting out with guitar. Everything it does it does well.

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        5.0

        I can recommend to every guitarist

        By Jack

        from Chicago IL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

          Using Drum Machine playing guitar. 500 ready patterns and another 500 to programm giving a possibility to have everything what necessary. Additionally the bass guitar sound make the feeling You are playing wwith another 2 guys.

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          5.0

          Having Fun

          By RS

          from Jersey City, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • So-so Manual

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

          After receiving the timely arrival of the DR-880, I was immediately impressed with the units compactness and ease of use on the front end. Under the hood the possibilities are awesome. We use the DR-880 as both a practice supplement (we have no bass player or drummer) and a song arranger. After two weeks with the unit I find it easier to manuever the menus and cook up good practice rhythms instantly.
          If you have some basic knowledge of MIDI and programming this can be a precision instrument. Even without said knowledge the DR-880 has 'real-time' programmability which in most cases may suffice as you become more adept at editing and creating your own patterns.
          Bottom line for me; a very useful tool in the arsenal.
          The DR-880 has a plethora of uses for the amateur and pro alike.

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          3.0

          good if you dont like pc's

          By guitar obsessed

          from Brooklyn NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

            If you only have an electric guitar and this piece you are good to go. Its just much more awkward and inflexible then computer programs though. On the other hand, its very stable.

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            5.0

            Better than I expected

            By Richie A.

            from Hilton Head, SC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment

              Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

              I will probably never use all of the features of this drum machine, just the 500 pre-set beats alone will keep me busy for months to come.
              I especially like the built-in guitar effects, it saves me from turning on multiple pieces of equipment just to practice. Plug in a headset and save your amp time for better use. I like the ability to turn it on and off with a footswitch (my old machine didn't have that) as well as bring the guitar effects in and out with another footswitch.

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              5.0

              Drum Machine Review

              By Stingray

              from Wichita Falls, Tx.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Home recording

              Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

              I'm using the machine for home recording. I'm a
              singer/songwriter/guitar player. The presets were
              very complimentary to the music I'm writing. The
              instructions were easy to follow. The ability to
              plug my guitar directly into the machine made it very portable and practical to take anywhere. I
              have recommended this machine to many of my friends
              who also do home recordings.

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                4.0

                A outstanding piece of equipment.

                By Mailmanboss

                from Georgia

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited usage

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                The DR 880 is an outstanding piece of equipment for what it was intendant for. The only negative thing about it is that you can't record whole songs on it. Now I have to buy the BR 800 in order to supplement my equipment.Other then that it is a great drum machine

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                5.0

                Roland still #1 in drum machine with 880

                By hanks59

                from Anchorage Alaska

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                  This unit is amazing. Great sound. Easy to use. I would reccommend this to any player that wants to learn how to play their insturment better. it keeps the beat going.. A plus .. Hats off to Roland once again..

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                  5.0

                  No Second Opinion Needed

                  By PlTATINUMSMITHS SONGWRITERS

                  from Mableton, Ga.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast and easy rhythms
                  • Great Sound
                  • Huge Tone
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • Small Venues
                    • Soundtracks

                    Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                    Sometimes it is hard to make a decision, because there are so many opinions floating around. With Dr-880 Dr, Rhythm, We made the right choice. This Product is awesome in every way. It is great for rehearsals, gigging, and not much has been said about The Boss 880 as asset for composing music/writing songs. No regrets, love it.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice Product!

                    By Torment Leaves Scars

                    from Kearneysville, WV

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Realistic Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Learn How To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Home recording
                    • Practice

                    Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                    I just got a DR-880 about a week ago, and have been working to familiarize myself with it.

                    I use the DR-880 to play along to on my guitar/bass.

                    It has some very nice features, including the "touch" feature...the harder you hit a key, the harder the note is. This makes for some realistic sounding drums. I also really like the huge variety of preprogrammed drum beats. It wasn't hard to find one to work with the types of music I play.

                    While there are a lot of features, I have not found this to be an easy product to figure out. There are a lot of things to learn, and can be overwhelming at first, especially if you don't have prior experience with using this type of equipment.

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                    5.0

                    DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine

                    By bhouck

                    from Castle Hayne NC.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment

                      Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                      This thing rocks. Makes me want to play more. Excellent product. [...]

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                      (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      What? does all of this mean?

                      By mad on line

                      from RI

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment

                        Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                        No recording software at all. Had to return product. Was a gift for son.

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                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Console gaming for guitar!

                        By KMartin

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Practice
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                          The amount of guitar playing/practice I do has probably quadrupled ever since I got this thing. Seriously! It has also helped me out in learning music theory (as well as helped me move to the next level in my playing - improvisation). It is also an excellent songwriting tool. Once you become accustomed to the interface, programming beats and bass lines is relatively easy.

                          It offers a good selection of amps and effects. Not as huge as some software but the sound is very good. Mine has never crashed or frozen up either. They are rather versatile also. I often use it at band rehearsals rather than lug "ye olde Peavey bandit" around all week.

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                          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          ALL I NEEDED WAS THIS MACHINE

                          By A.J. Miller

                          from West New York, NJ

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound
                          • Huge Tone
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                          • Pedal Don't Work Well

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                          This machine is great. After two weeks I have created multiply songs and made some great beats. This is far better than any drum software....

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          AWESOME AND THEN SOME

                          By A.J. Miller

                          from West New York, NJ

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                          This Machine is very user friendly, after reading the manual I spent a few hours playing around with it and before I knew it, I recorded my first sample. Everything is displayed on the menu screen, programming is not that easy but once you get the hang of it, it's easy. The programmed beats are nice and the sound is so realistic that it makes up for the extra money this machine cost.

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                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          DR-880 Encourages Playing !! :)

                          By Mark F.

                          from Central MA

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful
                          • Professional Functions
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine:

                            I'm a hobbiest musician and practicing and playing are more enjoyable when you have some accompaniment. The DR-880 does this well providing drums and bass for many genres of music. The sounds from the DR-880 are rich and very realistic which really helps to encourage one to play more. The DR-880 has an input for guitar, either electric or acoustic, or bass and has built in modeling effects to enhance the instruments sound. So far I've only tried electric guitar through it and the resulting sound was very good and easy to balance into the mix of drums and bass.

                            Programming patterns and songs is very easy once you you get the hang of the menus. I have owned an Alesis SR16 since they were introduced years ago and I never really liked trying to write patterns to it. The DR-880 is really a big step up from the Alesis unit in this respect.

                            I haven't found anything I don't like about the DR-880 as of yet. Boss gear has a good reputation for design features and durability, so it makes it difficult to find any negative points.

                            Share this review

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