Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm

DR-670 Dr. Rhythm, Drum Machine from Boss in the DR series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 8 reviews )
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phatkid's review"good drum machine"

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
This drum machine is easy to use. I was making beats within minutes of having it out of the box. The downside is that it can only do two measures and a fill per pattern, but you can copy patterns, vary them, and trigger them with song mode or DPP. It is polyphonic, but some of the sounds will cancel each other out, which I find to give me a unique sound, and it seems to be based on what would be practical for a real drummer. It comes equipped with a lot of sounds, including classic Roland drum machine kits (the 808 and 909 are decent), and you can edit for instance the pitch and decay of the sounds individually, and create your own kits. It also sends everything over midi, so it can be used to trigger sounds on another device or within your DAW. The touch sensitivity of the pads is nice to give a more human sound than programming beats directly on a DAW. One trick is to put the beat as 16/8 to allow for more space to program your pattern. It saves everything automatically, so there is no menu diving or losing your patterns when you turn it off. It also has the ability to play bass parts, and it comes with some decent bass sounds. The tempo is not saved with each pattern as far as I can tell, so you will have to adjust the tempo, and I am not sure if this is true about song mode, as I haven't really delved into song mode, as I usually sequence via my DAW. Custom drum kits allow you to assign individual sounds to any of the pads, using both an A and B group for each kit. However, the pads are labeled with a standard layout for the default kits, and I find that sticking to this layout keeps things simple and easy. The pads are also arranged and labeled with the notes of a bass guitar, which is nice for bass players and also for programming the parts. It is so easy to use that I find it very inspiring for just jamming and getting the creative juices flowing. It can do any kind of beat, from jungle to hiphop to rock to jazz, using the default sounds, or you could use the midi to trigger sounds on your daw for example and use any sounds that you like. The tempo range goes from really slow to really fast as well. For the price that I paid, I could not be happier, and since it runs on batteries, it is portable enough to take anywhere that you might be inspired. This seems to be one of the better machines in the Dr. Rhythm line, having taken the best of the series and put it into one underrated machine. If you can find one at a bargain price like I did, go for it!

themaddog's review"Not a bad little unit"

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
There are many great samples on this drum machine, all of which can have their tone, pitch, reverb, and decay adjusted. There are 200 preset patterns, 64 preset drum kits, and up to 200 user patterns can be edited along with 64 editable drum kits. Each drum kit can feature up to 32 unique samples across 16 dynamically touch sensitive buttons. There are multiple bass samples that are available as well, selectable across any of the drum kits. The bass is monophonic, but the majority of the drum samples are polyphonic. Each pattern can be edited with a fill, accessible by using the fill button as well. Patterns are edited in either step mode or in real-time with the use of a metronome. There is a 1/8" headphone out, 1/4" left and right outputs, MIDI in and out, and power can be supplied from 6 AA batteries or a BOSS power adapter, which runs for around $15.


It is very easy to edit patterns and make new ones from scratch. After the fact, individual samples can be manipulated. The only limiting factor is patches are designed to be 2 measures long, instead of 4 or 8 measures long. 4 measure patterns can be created using an 8/4 time signature, but this is not ideal. An additional fill pattern can be created along with each user pattern. Each preset patterns comes default with a fill pattern. Patterns can be combined to program songs.


The sounds that come with this are pretty ok; there is a basic sampling of a variety of genres including rap/hip-hop, rock, latin, and swing. The bass samples are very good, and sound on average more realistic than the drum samples, but there tend to be more dance and techno related bass sounds than any other genre.


Overall this is a good drum machine, it's the first one I purchased and learned how to use. I now own a DR-880, which although sounds much better and can do more, takes me a longer time to get my patches created. Sometimes having too much choice can be a detriment to the musical process. If I could add two features to this drum machine, it would be the ability to program at minimum 4 measure patterns (8 would be even better and more musical) as well as some kind of random feature in order to randomize the dynamics and tone slightly for rock oriented music, to sound more like a real drummer.

taobe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
Traditional connectors for good phones out midi in BAR volume output etc.
16 bass sounds (with two good basses) 64 200 drum kit complete short patterns plants!
No effects


Simple Config
Simplissime Edition
French manual useful and needed a lot done


Sounds realistic and dynamic multi-touch pad has a good short BAR not confine a style of music


I use it for one week, j'apprcie ease of handling apparently trs Just Fine! Make a purchase with eyes closed for a home studio

taobe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
...dropoff Window


I owns five hours since the moment I discover!


We'll see


...dropoff Window

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
Everything concerning the Technical Specifications has said before t ...
The sounds are quite sufficient, with 256 sounds of cash, not to find the right one ...
Low level, not bad, a reference to the acoustic sounds good I think.
Building a little piece to go far, far trs, given the possibility of chanage and patterns.


It is simple to use, provided you have (like me) got used to working with this type of machines. Having had a pass by the Boss DR-550 for several years, I found the speed of Fast Fashion a pattern (less than 20 seconds) than the 660.
The edition of the sounds is actually quite simple, they remind me greatly 550. The VLOC can cause problem, but just get used to it, it's like a keyboard type M1 (I'm from the old school). So that's the point that it is not 9 and 10.
The manual is useful for a REFERENCE sounds and some points raccorchement (ttonn before I disable the bass pattern on a pre-program). It is not bad actually quite intuitive and by schmas REPRESENTATIVES panel CONTRL.


The sounds that I traveled at the moment are good trs. Boss has no difficulty sticking sounds nice, since the chips are manufactured by VDrums Roland, who is Boss. So the above, do not worry. They are sufficiently ralistes over what is meant in the current production (I mean music CDs).
The raction of VLOC is excellent, may be too ... some would say As I said, we must get used to it.
The percussion sounds are getting better, and I had the good surprise to find a chinese, what makes me happy trs. I leave ct sounds "exotic" own styles that I do not practice (rap, hip-hop, drum and bass, techno, jungle ...)


I use it for today! I bought APRS have tried for over an hour.
Is what I was looking Submitted: not in the composition - not easy (which n'tait absolutely not the case of 660). What I like least is the fact of not having a mute button for when you bump the bass patterns on the plant, therefore, be required to go through a menu (but Once the information digr can be sent).
Like other models I tried (and had) the DR-550 and 660 (I quickly heavy, because I could not get anything worthwhile). I also test the zoom, which is the price, enough for one who wants without trying to be accompanied programming.
The quality-price ratio trs trs good. Bought new for 298 euros, I think that is a (still with CHF, it remains in the price range of 550 when output might be a bit above, explained by prsence of the range of its most tense and more space in patterns).
Exprience with the bar, I would do without hsiter the same choice.

Nephtali's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
- Connections: A adj t Retailer by other users. Warning: the BAR has only output Stereo output by way of spares, which makes it inconceivable simultaneous recording of DIFFERENT lments kit on the slopes s pares - again in a serious black spot in production.
- 2 game modes: drums (lments drum) and bass.
256 drum sounds at large (52 kicks, 61 snares, rim shots 6, 32 toms, 19 hi-hats, 17 cymbals, 44 "various percussion" as congas, tablas, cowbells, claps, etc.., 20 "FX" as scratch tape rewind, etc.., 5 bass sounds to incorporate drum kits) and 16 bass tones separate drum kits (finger, fretless, pickup, acoustic, pluck ...). Each sound (even those of low) is in the mode ditable "drum edit" the BAR (modification of the ADSR envelope, the pitch, the panoramic rpartition, grade) but not utility through a MAC or PC.
- No effect section.
- 2 modes of programming: no or not real time.


- Gnrale configuration is relatively simple but it is when even though diffrent that of BAR TR-xxx, a 3 year old could not use this intuitively BAR. I confess to not be totally convinced by the ergonomics of the bte but I do not think we do better elsewhere among the outputs rcentes The models to be among the oldest brand .
- The edition of the sounds is easy if one has understood the overall operation of the machine.
- The manual is quite surprising. I'm not that sr has taught me much. I t struck by the fact that he announces a résumé of what is to come forward even to get into the explanation itself. In short, I found it pretty redundant, and even at times not enough prcis (I have some things vrifier empirically), which is a shame when you RPET.
I prcise my original manual is in English but I have a rcemment Tlcharger in French "oquot case, since the operation of the machine m ' dj silent familiar.


- Sounds are trsgnraux (or even gnralistes), so they can agree a large number of musical styles, the user to sort and rflchir cohrence the sounds they use (is it really appropriate to include a charley mtallique the TR-808 in the middle of an acoustic kit?).
- They are generally quite ralistes, and when they are not, it is often because the default custom settings are not always the most appropriate. In résumé is often sufficient to change the ADSR envelope of the initially low sduisant to find its got more. In the same order of IDE, those waiting for this ultra-BAR electronic sounds "just cooked" will be due. We must use a more kind and less BAR gnraliste for this, which does nothing to affect the quality of the sounds included here.
- The expression is good, and even too good: the sensitivity to touch is certainly adjustable (so you can always attnuer) but is curiously not disables, which means that 'it is always a minimum Submitted. The DR-670 is a victim of his modernity: it would have t be simpler to assign an option "sensitivity active / non-active" plutt DIFFERENT than including levels of sensitivity is remarkable in itself, but is done at dtriment an option to disable (and then something m'chappe).


EDIT 2011:
- I possde since 2005 but remains fairly shared his regard. The lack of spares and the relative outputs ergonomic (compared to bars in 1980) mean that if I continue to use the sounds of the DR-670 (long samples ), I am using so much more of the bote itself. The BAR and other home BOSS give me the impression of being substitutes for drummers guitarists rptition. I t more interested by a kind of fawn production station rhythmic groove box Allgemeine.
- The sound quality satisfy me fully. I regret the absence of an option of disabling the sensitivity to touch.
- The models I had tried all taient infrieurs it (the BAR and a Zoom Alesis any).
- Report qualitprix right no more.
- I'm not completely satisfied with my choice in part because of the points raised in paragraph beginners, but if I were to buy a BAR, I confess I do not know what choice I turned to . A box with the sound palette of the DR-670 (or DR-880) with the output spares and ergonomics of BAR-1980s, there has not?
utlisteur_sans pseudo08/08/2005

utlisteur_sans pseudo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
I record only that opinion to share MIDI functions of dr 670, the main function has t prcdemment cit.

Level PM:
in and out of cable pin base.
perfect sync on this machine
The machine will launch in real time patterns noon (drum + bass on one channel if configured DIFFERENT each time) on the normal play mode.
Run mode via dpp pattern simplified using the pads of gate dclenchement as, if not ncsits in real time.
Squenceur with song mode allows using the spp of "work with most squenceur
(Info in real time the pattern pwr)
As this is a BR, it squence patterns and daughters of the drum with ventuellment squence noon bass in arrirre plan, but hey it exists:
At noon: drum pattern with pattern fill of bass +, whether in song or pattern mode (pattern = rel time, work on squenceur song =)
Mode can be a "half tempo" lack
(In addition to roll and flam functions that work in real time)
memory: 200 factory patterns, 200 patterns and then the songs that users will limit the machine, but a song can be easily stored in a squenceur, exports to noon and recorded on physical media (floppy , cd, dvd).


The MIDI setup is simple:
choice drum channel
choice: channel: bass
choice: internal or external sync auto, short current trs
bulk mode (sysex) sends to give all that remains obscure to me trs

The manual provides directly to understand how the dr670 has an interest to work in noon.


As this opinion is based on the MIDI functions there is not much to say:

Level expression, the pads have SETTING THE allowing the sensitivity when recording patterns of little nuances prs noticeable.
Roll and Flam add the expression of Manir more or less effective depending on the style musical

Then I use MIDI messages via the dr on battery, reaktor, test rmIV etc etc


I use dr 670 for 5 months
For me it's a drum machine MIDI ds power that sends messages from one gate drum sampler vsti (battery for my part)
It allows a rel work in real time thanks to the south launch and sync pattern noon (drum + bass) play mode pattern
During the game you can play the patterns in real time on the pads (for MIDI, let us recall does not require virtually no latency)

In short, a useful tool in computer music, live in work in real time
This is my drum machine pemire, I Rasht without Siter, although with more sr means I would get a 880!
Binds a perfect little machine drum sampler vsti in a good host, and possibly a vsti to receive messages from noon bass
My advice in the dr670 of computer music in the MIDI protocol and

No's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm
Connections: Audio Jack 6.35mm Stro, MIDI IN / OUT, Foot Switch, Headphone mini-jack Stereo

255 drum and percussion sounds
16 bass sounds
200 rhythm patterns (drums + bass)

Edition features programs rhythmic + / - low
Foot pedals for swicth to launch and arrter dclencher patterns and the drum breaks (Fill-ins)
VLOC the sensitive pads to put a little nuances in the game

7 because ultimately CHARACTERISTICS classic now for BR ...


Top simple!
On the one hand intuitive, but also goes down in record time at all if you want to go further in functionality.
The only limit is a little thing that just pads as "sensitive" (you type a gently plays low, you type plays a very strong ..), it is not empty sometimes CRER a pattern correct. BUT, it is left quickly for two reasons:
- It's like an instrument, you have to learn to play ...
- Allow a few plants that are more rel (but the object of the game is to play the entire song but CRER rpter patterns, so a risk of some crash systmatique each measurement at the same place ... better fix up even when)


Sounds OK. It allows real models and the battery is no longer a problem when you have 670 CDs! The preprogrammed patterns covering many styles, and if you can not find your happiness, they provide a basis for a variation CRER your sauce.
This is not the DLIR's splendid sample, but note that the average store is 350 ...!


OK, I admit, I just bought it, which makes me a little to express the DR 670, but have APRS jou few hours, we toured, which does not mean that nothing is done but we are doing what we need quickly because it is simple!
It can synchronize the MIDI squenceur, or save and duplicate audio loops (which seems to be the most direct approach).

The bass is ok, but leaves press the pads to play the notes and therefore not out of the trs basslines research, I prfre still play on a real low for the beautiful dynamics of the ... it is a choice of guitar that said, everyone does not want to buy a forcment low ....

Overall, I just bought a simple, complete, more than enough to make all the rhythm I need, easy to directly use in Cubase (at least in audio, I will try the MIDI sync later) for less than 250 c'tait becaufe it is an opportunity .... Rosco trs happy!