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Akai XR20 Drum Machine

B&H # AKXR20 Mfr # XR20
You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • Over 700 Pre-loaded Sounds
  • Integrated Reverb, EQ, and Compression
  • 12 Touch Sensitive Pads

Get your groove on with Akai's XR20 Drum Machine. This heavy-duty, portable beat production center is loaded with sounds focused on Hip-Hop and R&B beats on a moments notice. Over 700 sounds including standard and electronic drums, single (one-shot) hits, bass and synth sounds can be custom tailored with compression, reverb or EQ. Vocals can even be added with the microphone input. With its AC or DC power options, the XR20 can help you make the beat wherever you are.

12 touch sensitive pads light up during use and playback
Over 700 sounds created by Chronic Music
99 Preset patterns and 99 User patters
Drum Roll/Note Repeat feature
Triggers 12
Polyphony 32 Voice
Multitimbral Yes
Presets 99
User Memory 99
Effects Reverb
EQ
Compression
Sequencer 150,000 notes
Controllers Footswitch Start/Stop
Footswitch TAP/A/B/Fill
Expansion Slots None
Outputs 1 TRS 1/4" (aux) 2 TS 1/4"(main) 1 TRS 1/4"(phones) MIDI Out/Thru
Inputs MIDI In
Microphone 1/4"
Headphone Output 1/4"
SCSI No
External Storage No
Display Backlit LCD Display
Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by the manufacturer
Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
Specialties 700 sounds created by Chronic Music
Akai XR20 Drum Machine
  • AC Adapter
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AkaiXR20 Drum Machine
     
    4.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Excellent sound (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (6)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      the Best I ever Had

      I use this product every day to make new beats. Its great for portability and inspiration right on the spot. Its also very easy to learn how to use; you don't even need...Read complete review

      I use this product every day to make new beats. Its great for portability and inspiration right on the spot. Its also very easy to learn how to use; you don't even need the instructions. This is also a great crowd pleaser. The XR20 makes music fun and easy and at the same time, its a very professional piece of equipment. I have also meet a lot of new people fascinated by the machine. I have had 20 of my friends say that they are saving up for one. Im glad I bought it!!!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Fun machine, not so fun manual

      endless abilities with drum machine, but Manual doesn't explain them well. Odd quirk of cutting the first beat of A or B when coming out of a fill section? really no need for...Read complete review

      endless abilities with drum machine, but Manual doesn't explain them well. Odd quirk of cutting the first beat of A or B when coming out of a fill section? really no need for fills though as any patern can be used to add a step in step editing. Also the tuning part for each pad is confusing as the 0 point isn't always whats printed on the pad? ex: pad says A so if i tune up 2 steps should be a B,, but its not?

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      5.0

      Lovely

      By DJ Dave

      from Indianapolis, IN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

        B&H provided the lowest price online for my Akai XR20. I ordered it online and received it about a week later. It was brand new and works perfectly. I can't ask for more!

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        4.0

        Outstanding

        By drumgirl

        from new york

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

          This product is awesome. Easy to use. My daughter loves it. A++

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          4.0

          Fun and good quality

          By AJ

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

              Use it often and it became my creative output. Always fun to make beats

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              4.0

              Great sounds, nice to look at

              By Ace

              from Deptford NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                If you're looking to do electronic music this drum machine could possibly keep you occupied by itself for a very long time. With so many presets, so many samples and a fairly simple interface the beats seem to roll out of this drum machine in no time. You can add bass lines and synth lines in a matter of seconds. I own another drum machine that's a few years old and good for the basics, but all the different samples in this got me excited. I'm not even really all that interested in modern hip hop/rap but the variety hooked me and has kept me.

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                3.0

                Fun machine, not so fun manual

                By parrtaayRocker

                from reno nv

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Weak manual

                Best Uses

                • Dance or hip hop

                Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                endless abilities with drum machine, but Manual doesn't explain them well. Odd quirk of cutting the first beat of A or B when coming out of a fill section? really no need for fills though as any patern can be used to add a step in step editing. Also the tuning part for each pad is confusing as the 0 point isn't always whats printed on the pad? ex: pad says A so if i tune up 2 steps should be a B,, but its not?

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                My son loves it!

                By Yung Lik

                from Covington, VA

                About Me Child

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                      We were not aware that in order to hear the beats we have to purchase an amplifer. That would be nice to include this information, as the drum machine was for a 15 year old.

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                      5.0

                      XR20

                      By Derek

                      from San Jose

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                        Purchase the item online. Was able to get it working within a day. Easy to use, great sound quality and many preset to use. Definitely recommended.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent Product

                        By Juan the Hispanic

                        from Lake Wales, Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                          I use this product mostly everyday to make music and its great for any genre. Great for professional or recreational use.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          the Best I ever Had

                          By DJ Waterboi

                          from Detroit, MI

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                            I use this product every day to make new beats. Its great for portability and inspiration right on the spot. Its also very easy to learn how to use; you don't even need the instructions. This is also a great crowd pleaser. The XR20 makes music fun and easy and at the same time, its a very professional piece of equipment. I have also meet a lot of new people fascinated by the machine. I have had 20 of my friends say that they are saving up for one. Im glad I bought it!!!

                            Share this review

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Amazing Machine

                            By Jason

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Akai XR20 Drum Machine:

                              I bought this for a really good friend of mine, and she loves it. It has amazing sounds, and nice deep tones.

                              I highly recommend it.

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