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Zoom RT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator

B&H # ZORT223 Mfr # ZRT-223
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The Zoom RT-223 is a battery operated, lightweight portable Rhythm and Bass drum machine. It is designed for live performance DJ pattern generation and arrangement, personal song creation and composition, or studio use as a sound layering solution.

The RT-223 features a large library of sounds and patterns, and several functions that quicken and enhance the arrangement and performance process. The touch-sensitive trigger pads are backlit, facilitating its use in dark stage and studio environments.

It is an inexpensive and feature-laden programming tool for DJ's and musicians.

Lightweight, low-profile portable drum machine with backlit, touch-sensitive pads
70 Drum Kits, 213 preset sound selection appropriate to all styles and genres of music
12 built-in Bass presets including Acoustic, Electric and Synth
440 preset Style patterns from all musical genres; Groove Play pad assignment easily and quickly assigns any pattern to any pad for live performance triggering or song arrangement
FAST(Formula Assisted Song Translator) song creation function uses +, -, and x symbols asd commands to simplify song arrangement, speeds up process for songs with many repeated patterns, sequences
Intuitive, ergonomic work surface design with mostly single function pad and keypad control assignments
Built-in multi-band compressor/EQ and insertable reverbs and multi-effects
MIDI In with MIDI Clock support for synchronized play with other external MIDI sequencers or drum machines
Line input accepts external audio from playback devices such as CD's or minidiscs, and instruments such as guitar or bass via an effect output
Triggers 13 Backlit Pads with Touch Sensitivity
Polyphony 18-Voice
Multitimbral 16-Part
Sampling Rate 44.1 kHz
Presets 213 x Drum/Percussion Sounds
12 x Bass Sounds
70 x Drum Kits
440 x Rhythm Patterns
User Memory 57 x Drum Kits
71 x Rhythm Patterns
100 x Songs
Effects 1 x Multi-Band Comp/EQ
4 x Reverb Types
1 x Chorus
1 x Delay
1 x Flanger
Sequencer 32,000 x Notes
100 x Songs
96 PPQ Resolution
Controllers 1 x Volume Knob
Expansion Slots No
Sample RAM No
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS Phone, Line
1 x MIDI In
1 x 1/4" Footswitch In
1 x DC In
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS Phone, L/Mono, R
1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini Headphone
Headphone Output Yes, 1/8" Stereo Mini
SCSI No
External Storage MIDI System Exclusive
Display 128-Segment Backlit LCD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.6 x 7.2 x 1.4" (217.9 x 182.6 x 35.5mm)
Weight 1.5 lb (680 g)
Specialties "AA" Battery Operation
Groove Play Real-Time Pattern Assignment
FAST Song Programming
Zoom RT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    ZoomRT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator
     
    3.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    Good value, good sound

    By grandpaparazzi

    from knoxville, tn

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to program
    • Great Sound
    • Lots of pattern presets
    • Nice bass lines
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Floor tom is insensitive
    • Only five 3-4 patterns

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Rhythm scratch tracks

    Comments about Zoom RT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator:

    I use the drum machine for basic rhythm scratch tracks for recording in my DAW (Reaper software). It's tempos are slightly different than those in Reaper, but it is easy to align the beats by slightly adjusting the Reaper tempo (e.g., RT223 may say 177 bpm but I set Reaper to 177.85 bpm to match it). I got the machine instead of drum software so I could also practice guitar with it, in lieu of using a metronome or click track, because these drive me nuts and fatigue my ears pretty quickly.The RT223 has over 400 rhythm patterns with 70 different drum kits - all good sounding kits. Only 5 of the patterns are 3/4 time, the rest are 4/4 time, so in that sense it is a bit limited. But it is no big deal because when you program your own patterns, you can program whatever time signature and tempo you want, using whatever drum kit you want. And the programming it is super simple.

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    1.0

    Doesn't perform as advertized

    By CharlieM

    from Pinehurst, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Some functions don't work

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment

    Comments about Zoom RT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator:

    Advertized as a unit that works with an FS-01 Footswitch and can alternate between 2 sounds. It doesn't actually do this, despite the claim in the manual. Tech support is non-existant! There is none. Web site says return to the Distributor, with no support avaialable. This would be a great unit (nice sound and features) if it did what the ads and manual claim. It doesn't!!!!

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    4.0

    Good Value

    By Bob

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Zoom RT-223 - Drum and Bass Rhythm Generator:

      Easy to use, sounds good. No power adapter though

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