BOSS DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine

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

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

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BOSS DR-880 Overview

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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
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
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    BOSS DR-880 Specs

    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
    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
    Packaging Infouvscrqcswasuddebtyuedxabwrfzcd
    Package Weight 6.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.7 x 12.4 x 4.4"

    BOSS DR-880 Reviews

    DR-880 Dr. Rhythm - Drum Machine is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Console gaming for guitar! 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Product! 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.
    Date published: 2011-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2008-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME AND THEN SOME 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.
    Date published: 2010-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Second Opinion Needed 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.
    Date published: 2011-12-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2012-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drum Machine Review 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.
    Date published: 2012-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL I NEEDED WAS THIS 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....
    Date published: 2010-06-29
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    memory is very limited, only able to store 28 songs ( not very complicated classic rock ) any suggestions ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If you want to use the MIDI connectors for MIDI communication with external MIDI equipment, set the USB Mode to STORAGE (p. 134)
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does DR-880 has pedal switch?
    Asked by: Loc
    The DR-880 has inputs for a foot switch (model FS-5 or FS-6) and an experssion pedal (model EV-5). It does not have a specific input for a guitar pedal. The DR-880 has many selections of guitar effects (Compressor, Wah, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger., Tremolo) which saves you the need for one of these guitar pedals. If you have a favorite guitar pedal with a different effect than the ones described above you could insert it between your guitar and the DR-880. Hope this helps you.
    Answered by: Ramiro T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is there a shortcut that I can do to shift directly from one pattern to another beside the dial wheel and the bank?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Not that we are aware of.
    Answered by: John P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will the bass change chords when you change chords with your guitar?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If you asking does the bass follow along with what your playing on the guitar the answer is no, bass line would have to be programmed. Your guitar is an audio signal, the drums and bass are MIDI.
    Answered by: Robert S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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