Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm

DR-880 Dr. Rhythm, Drum Machine from Boss in the DR series.

All user reviews for the Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 44 reviews )
 18 reviews41 %
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 2 reviews5 %
Value For Money : Excellent

funkygroovyrhodes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A nice tool to work with"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
All connectors that are needed studio and live.

Yes there is indeed an effects section that guitarists will appreciate. We plug in on the DR880, via a knob to mix in, adjust the volume on one's guitar / piano and you can access the Boss known effect.

There are many many sounds. All styles are represented. More importantly, they are fully editable, customizable ... Which allows us to create a favorite set of drums.

The sequencer offers many possibilities. It is very well built as it can either record in real time by typing directly on the pads or in step mode.


It's simple, it's easy, it's Boss. I'm not a psa drummer and yet I made up my own drums entirely. I plug in my piano in midi and it allows me to write the bass.

The manual is very clear but the DR880 is very intuitive, we use the manual very rarely.

Complete Edition. This means both that you can completely create your drums then your piece but that also it means that it will take a little time.


I play Blues Jazz Funk so it suits me. More generally, I would say that it was created with the rocker in mind, or for hard rock, pop. In the styles of Cuban and salsa, the perceived are good but the beats are more difficult to ring.

Several features are great: easy made (in 2 seconds you produce your drum gimmick funk or rock or pop), part song, the quality of the presets is really correct, for some, there is not much to edit.


I use it for 2 years now and it is a perfect tool: square play, compose and understand the structure of songs, put them in the place of the drummer and bassist in writing their parts ..

The criticisms that I can make:
- Sounds, compared to electronic VDrum drums are not as good. In any case, you must edit them to improve
- Does not work on battery
- The possibilities are unlimited, but then the result is that sometimes it is a bit long to write a little line quickly. r
- I have big fingers so the pads are a bit small for me

The value for money is magical.
The DR880 is in good buy. I carry it non-stop rolled up in a sweatshirt and it is very resistant.

PS: for people who criticize the small memory of the DR880, I'm writing dozens of songs (I said no song pattern) and I'm not out of memory. Actually, create all your little patterns, then put them one after another in the song mode.

funkyjames's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Very good but with some gaps"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
It has MIDI and USB connectivityIt has editable effects for guitar and bass
It has he an interanl house bank of 500 patterns and 500 editable patterns
the sequencer is basic type drum to base rhythm


basic configuration is not intuitive but you get used to it
the manual is very clear
editing effects is very easy without any problems


sounds are facing all styles but the sound of snare drums sound pretty rocking. emulations of some drum machines like Roland TR 909, 707 etc.
velocity does not go very far in the levels that sounds pretty much like a machine no matter what.
There is no real sound that I like, it is very typical rock, you do not find the heat of the 70's


I kept it for about 9 months and then sold it. This is the first model I had. What I like about it is the ability to play guitar with the accompaniment.
It is very / too expensive brand new, memory is the worst point, absolutely. 
A virtual drummer plug-in works much better, addictive drum genre or groove agent that I love alot.
I will not repeat the choice of a product, I prefer rather to work with software.

pjazzman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A perfect drum machine"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
my connection is RCA to my hifi chain.


The manual is adequate but a cd demo explaining the manipulation was necessary to get started.


This machine is very good (sounds realistic and dynamic)


I use it for a little over a year.

I tried other machines and it has won over.

There is a lack of memory but it is manageable.

marcco35's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Super nice!!"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
See previous descriptions.


Simple config? no
The manual? super clear
Editing sound effects or easy? er ..... I do not think so;)


The sounds agree with your style of music? YESSSSSS
The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)? YESSSSS
Are they realistic? You must roll up your sleeves, but the result is worth it.


DR880 I bought this a few years ago.
And I always use it.
Besides all the technical descriptions, opinions (good or bad), I'll just bring back a phrase said to me after a concert I did with my colleague as guitarist "It's unfortunate that your drummer and your bassist are not with you. "
Indeed, there are a multitude of ways to "humanize" how to play the drum pads and bass (ghost notes ...)
If you want more information:

Cimerian's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A work companion"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
USB, MIDI in / out (internal clock or slave)
Line out in 2 sizes and RCA jack 6.35
Spdif 44Khz
Headphone jack
Line in mono (instrument)

Summary Effects for Drums Kits

Simulation bass & guitar amps + Fx Instrument chorus, reverb, EQ, compressor / delay in mono!

2 Channel Midi
10 drums
2 Bass

USB 2 to save


Simple is easier said !

Real-time yes
programming is a bit more complex.

The editing patterns is laborious.
The pads are proper, on the other hand.
The manual is very explicit, and well supplied, the list of patterns and figures


Roland's Sound ... nothing more.
You can take it anywhere without special issues.
The bass sounds are light

The pads respond very well.
LCD display is sufficient to understand
The menu functions are ergonomic

there are only two layers for drum samples, just a little, at this price ...


I already have the series of E-mu, this certainly is not a Bar-Box, but the sequence is like, except that the sound is much fuller.

The nice sides of the Dr880,
* The function chaining patterns (Song)
* The guitar amp emulations (Small GT 5), technology "Cosm"
* The function arranger Drums & Bass (Style)
* Mixing Drums / Bass / Line in
* 500 factory patterns of drums & bass
* Guitar & bass amp simulations

The black sides,
- Not enough internal memory to store Users, it's its weak point, imagine 10 tracks, each with 16 patterns, and it is dead ...
This product has withstood a simm card, but here, the designers have decided otherwise.
And one is entitled to "memory full"

- No possibility to program and control change on channel 2, the bass, we can pilot only on one driver on the 10th, the drums.
I said in steering pattern, no time "to expand"

- The bass sounds are approximate!

- Stereo Effects not really
Apart from that it is a robust machine, an excellent companion to any field work for your instrument with a headset without disturbing the neighbors, with a multitude of rhythms already in the box.
Much more memory storage, the bass sounds more realistic stereo FX, and .... Your turn to play Mr. Roland.

chapssigonce's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The beast"

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
I add nothing regarding the connection, everything has already been said


The first step is to explore the machine, try and try again to do and redo, in short all the machines
Rapidly, its use becomes easier and you get what you want.
It is easier to use a keyboard to program the bass.


The expression is excellent and sounds are many and varied. Furthermore, the effects are adjustable. Personally I am having a blast programming this machine but even if it's true, I spend the time.


My message is addressed especially to those people annoyed by the small size of the memory. So yes, it's true it fills quickly the beast. But to give you an idea, I use it live for parties lasting 3 hours, 3.30. I have 4 sets on the bar that I change in 30 s. I use a little the Songs (complete songs from A until Z), but several patterns. I handle everything with the footswitch pedals and once the habit is there, it is all operating. The bias of using patterns lies in the fact that we are both in my training and we want to play Live without the pieces are stuck in time. Thus, our chorus according to mood and atmosphere of the evening can last or not.
This machine is very effective. It's been 3 years since I toured with it, and nobody ever came up to me and said "kesako this is rhythmic bass drums?"
To summarize, if you are looking for a machine drum, try it.

micke33's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
Nothing to say about the connections, too many settings!


A real gas plant, you need a degree in computer science to use it!


The sounds are okay, as in DR3 which costs 250 Euros less!


I kept one month, I gave up and I bought a ZOOM much easier to use, and 200 Euros less!

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

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
Level I gnral trsdu by this unit.

Dj you should know that it is almost unitilisable.
1st solution:
I thought it could logically trs save batteries and transfer them into midi file on the computer and although not impossible.
As against this, can import! a joke you one!
2nd solution:
connect directly to the dr880 pc. It sends out the twelve o'clock news, but he Cubase reoit signal etutilise only its own effects!

So yes, we can say, but it is a what?! is nothing? yes it's almost, and it's not over yet!

I thought at least to me CRER batteries! and although it is not possible!
the only option Fast Fashion battery is used that base and adding some effects on top with pads.
or simply a few settings in the mode pattern shabby!

basically this unit is a true Anarch, it is not even 50, so imagine the 400!

and I is not talking about the look, it seems to be a machine that has at least 15 years!

APRS brief three days of careful use this device is returned to his store.

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

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
The sounds they are suitable to your style of music?
No, I'm looking for more vintage sounds
Are they realistic?
little, at least in the grooves provided by the plant;
but looking around and using all its possibilities, we can make very pretty things.
For example, there's Ghost Notes feature that I like enough:
typing rhythm, and the box takes care of the punctuation with the snare

The effects are they effective and responsive?
yes, as always with Roland, it is consistent, but do not expect the "big sound".


It's a good machine, a bit dated in terms of sound above all.
In this regard, we find the colors Roland (prog sounds super Quartet, for example) and expander as the JV-1010.

the most for me
-4 Outputs audio sounds to work separately (but there are still some restrictions on assignments)
SPDIF-taking, that's very cool for use with a computer
-500 Grooves low battery pre-recorded in "all" styles.
knob one-volume for low and one for the battery.
-The concept: a low and a battery at the touch of "on" (that's what decided my purchase)

Least for me:
A lot of groove-oriented rock is hard (but it is not my area, so not very useful for me).
I made the play through because EZdrummer sounds have not aged too much for my taste.
"It is very artificial anyway

I bought it used, and I do not regret it,
because it is a working tool friendly (but for me nothing more than a working tool);
It is there, ready to use, and boom, it was on a low and a batt without turning on computer, prog etc ...
I charge my grooves to me and I have something to work on.

At first it's very inspiring because it offers a lot of ideas which may have to leave.

There are still a lot of other options that I does not because I use very little.
My opinion is far from complete

In the end, I think this box has had its day, but will remain a pleasant companion to tinker

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

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm
Connectivity ultra complte. All drum sounds possiblesavec a mutitude of breaks (100 per beat). Everything is adjustable. We can CRER his songs with breaks provided and / or his CRER easily ... uh not so fast to understand the user guide for first ... Not really simple. But when we has understood the fact grave.Ecran big enough. See below example of Belisama who did not understand Technical Info did not need to erase everything if sth does not like. You just press edit and exit to remove a lment in 2 seconds? OR ADD OR PLUSIEURS.Bien sr, read and even reread the instructions with the BAR in front of me to understand everything: tedious but mandatory. And a is the peine.Et if you're used product Boss / Roland pls we understand quickly. With the BAR navigating in a possibility of Ocan! Gnial!


Simple setup for someone used this kind of stuff. More complicated to read and novices.Manuel relire.Y was worse. ! (The manual as clear-a MODEL man! - Is most excellent multitrack Tascam DP008). Maitrisc Once 'is a pleasure to rel mga CRER his drum parts. (And sounds guitar or bass are excellent)


I use it to the Metal. The drum sounds are mgaralistes.En I made three, unwanted, others are not top, but ily a full sound for other styles. The bass sounds are good trs. The guitar sounds are good plain trs (almost better live with an amp ... you can not hear the sound of fingers)), good in distos. The screen is large and well-trs East even if the Aesthetics is blah. Possible to use a Boss pedals (or SILP) to change the presets, etc. Get You Started ...


I use it for 1 year. I tried all lesBAR sale. Lameilleure is for me.
I do not 10 as the manual, even if it is doing APRS qq readings, lack of clarity (see the manual of the most excellent multitrack Tascam DP008, A model for all books in the world ) and qq manquede breaksmetal.
It can be used also prampli multi effects, given the quality of the effects.
A default one can not rdhibitoitre engistrer qe 10 songs 4 6 mns.Aprs the memory is full.
If the boss Boss and those who bossent read this notice, thank you taken into account.