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

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

KekeDeLuxe 11/29/2013

Boss DR-880 Dr. Rhythm : KekeDeLuxe's user review

« Perfect if you like to program »

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See the manufacturer's specs and other reviews on AF. This yellow metal box is ultra stable and sturdy and the display can be easily read even if you are short-sighted.


The overall setup is rather simple if you don't venture too far.
The manual is clear, but menu browsing is a bit opaque.
Editing of sounds and effects: If you start from a factory pattern and limit yourself to inserting fill-ins and doing copy-paste, it's pretty easy, specially with the EZ function. If you want to create a pattern (and especially a song!) from all the pieces, it gets tricky (the time you spend programming you stop using the instrument, don't you?). It's a pity because the possibilities are very large.


Sounds and effects are adapted to my needs (demo making and/or playback). All rock, funk and blues patterns are nice and you can have fun with the shuffle function. The more classic patterns (waltzes, 6/8, jazz and anything else that isn't binary) are nothing to write home about, you have to reprogram everything.
The guitar input with amp/effects simulation is cool, it allows you to rehearse or jam with headphones without taking up too much space.


I've been using it for 6 years, for home studio only.
I had already used Dr Rythm 10 and the drum machine included in the Korg D1600MKII. I occasionally mix the Korg and DR880.
Which feature do you like best? The default patterns are truly realistic and easy to edit. The "world" percussions are superb (gong, Chinese cymbals, etc...). Its good velocity response make playing live with it quite enjoyable.
The least? Programming, but only because I am not gifted at it... Too many parameters to master.
How would you rate its value for money? It's justified, given the possibilities it offers.
Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? Certainly, but I still prefer a good drummer!