Zoom RT-123
Zoom RT-123

RT-123, Drum Machine from Zoom.

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Average Score:3.2( 3.2/5 based on 8 reviews )
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Made In Breizh04/30/2013

Made In Breizh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A cool device to sound vintage"

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- 3.5mm stereo headphone output with volume knob
- Main Output 2 x 6.35mm mono jack (right and left)
- Line Mono 6.35 mm (guitar input style)
- MIDI Input (DIN)
- Input for a pedal
- Power connector (9v continu/300mA).

What is missing in this last connection to the instrument:
- Out a MIDI or USB connector for use as a controller on a computer
- A card reader (SD or MMC) to load your own samples.

- 13 velocity pads to play with either the battery or the low
- 1 large bar-like space to move a step in the sequencer button
- Tap a button to enter a tempo
- 14 buttons settings (choice of tempo, instrument, recording ...)
- 1 backlit 4-digit to know where we are.

There are no effects section.

Number of sounds: 105 sound samples divided into
80 battery banks (13 sounds per bank)
25 banks with low (13 sounds per bank)

The sounds are not editable, there is no possible connection to a computer.

The sequencer includes
- 3 banks of 99 pre-recorded rhythms,
- You can create an additional 99 rhythms
- You can create 99 songs (limited to 10,000 notes between the beats 99 + 99 songs).


The usage is pretty simple.

The general configuration is simple, clear and sufficient manual.

It happens very quickly to have fun with rhythms that turn out well, especially since we can record the rhythms either in real time or step by step.

For cons, I find the function to re-edit a recorded rhythm so tedious that I prefer clear rhythm and re-create it if I'm wrong as you type.

There is no sound editing or effects.


The sounds are as realistic as can be expected for a device launched in the last century.
Some drum sounds are friendly, others (especially the bass guitar sounds) really poor: it is the sound synthesis of the 1990s, it is far from resolving the current sound, but it's a nice device if we do not ask him too.


I use it from time to time since 2003, but I use more controllers with pads connected to a computer, as included in the RT 123 sounds sound old.
I toy with from time to time, to create rhythmic loops.
What I like most is its simplicity, what I like the least, that the samples are low, it takes a lot of imagination or deafness to take to the bass guitar.

The RT 123 is a fun instrument, but it has aged.
With experience, I would choose this again in 2004 or 2005, but today, in 2013, it is an instrument for collector or to create vintage music is no longer a general box rhythms.

nohay-lapatine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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I find it empty but you get into habitue.la squence by step is pretty boring
Three independent tracks (2 batteries and a bass).
no effect. there is a way "mix" that puts a button loops and mix them together (a condition to start the sample at the time bont) is fun.
for editing sounds, we can only change a pad or Veloci senbilit to his touch.


Practical Handbook on every page except that there are 3 or 4 languages, knowing that each language has a column.
ex: Fran is the column two ie the right half of the film left the book.
used to it.


The sound samples are a very very eclectiques.Les practitioner.
expression is rather flat but groove all the same.
the problem is that the sounds are too pure samples is not enough chaud.on the impression that he is naked.


I have since May 4 ans.Je do not use practically, except for use mtronome type or when the drummer of a group is absent repeating, but it's pretty fast.

I got 500 francs for the era, aware that c'tait a case.

In conclusion, I would say that the party is quickly squenceur limit.
I have used live with a SP505 sampler, a QY700 squeneur for MIDI and a sustain pedal that allowed me to play with 3 tracks zoom in or mute solo.C 'silent fun!

short, I keep it just for his drum samples for a time in a computer a good squenceur with good audio processing, it can be very interrssant!

chbi18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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The manual is clear, complete, use simple master in 30 minutes


The sounds are friendly, there for all tastes and it is especially well is varied in styles


You have to be clear, we are far from a pro machine, but for rpter quietly, without making head or ruin of wallet is IDAL.
over the rt-234 is not much interesting and more so as the offer you can find good OCCAZ.

as long as I do not need suprieur MODEL, I have no reason to change

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

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Many sounds, we must make a careful selection is not good for everything ....
No effects, acceptable to a connection bar of his size (stereo jack6.35, noon, and a headphone jack to plug in his guitar, bass a lot EST).
the sequencer is downright crappy and use CHAOTIQUE.la program is reserved for brave .....
In contrast to the twenty ptite its low there are at least 3 dchirent that serious.


Manuel clear enough, it's clear what's beyond.


The pads (sensitive to the bike.) Are too close to be able to mumuse with, it's pretty embtant ...
On all batt kit only 20% are relevant and usable.


I used 6 months, thoroughly every day, I really wanted the creature matris,
I understand that is was a "gadget".
So, I sold 50 Euros

I stress to say what is not worth more than 50 Euros, I was really pisses me off to see the cot a + M ----- It's not possible to 80euros A!! It can not cost more than CHRE Mythic TR 505 TR 626 or ROLAND home.

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

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No effects, a limit MIDI connectors, but a bank of its rather wide.


Usage is rather easy after a small period of grip. The manual is well designed and it will not be too difficult. No cons must be patient for programming (like most rhythm boxes).


The sounds are really not terrible but adpanne. Interesting for sonorits "electronic".


As a drummer, I do not serve me very often, but I can say that for the price, this box rhythm is a rather good investment.

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

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For the price, not bad. Plugs into a simple bass amp, and go! The sounds are enough for both drums for the bass. No special effects, but is it useful toiut the world?.


Honntement, easy to use, but you still even reading the manual srieusement, which is clear in his explanations, but a prsentation questionable.
The edition of the sounds is easy. Once we familiaris with the gear and that it has developed a small personal mthode programming, it becomes carrment funny.


The sound is crdible trs. In a sound system, it replaces one problem with no drummer. Obviously, this is not as flexible, with a contest against a less and does not drink your beers ..


I use it for a year, and she used to prparer the work of my group.
I tried it before MODELS + sophisticated, and I sold. This is my box I think Premire mastery without ingnieur be specially!
For 125 euros, it would be wrong to miss out. I recommend this type of stuff any guitarist who wants to have a small rhythm section his hand, efficient and reliable.
For the friend who complains about the programmme measure by measure, it can also program 2 by 2, or 4 by 4, its own way (type function / pad 8 (bar length) / + / - value, select the number of measures 1 99 / function). Hi All

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

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- Connectors without problems, series guitar without problems. Rglage well and not breathing.
The sounds are perfect for me. almost too many choices
The immense possibilities sequencing but Hul Hul galre need any program pfouoooo!

Oh yes also had to buy a computer? oh yes and make a midi internship?

the outside power supply: No: Either it's PSU exterior ventuelle batteries or batteries impossibility and the power supply is in! L are no batteries and the power supply is extrieure.


Almost easy at first. then we quickly dchante, more and faster!
The manual is well done, at least for a gas plant .......... but why I bought a?
I just wanted to play music! and have a rhythmic accompaniment ready for use on bookshelf as they say, with possibly break possibilities of the foot ................. ................. And voil I bought something set, I'm lucky he did not have to do it in C or assembler or Cobol. PFFFFFFFFFFFFF. It's not for the musicians but for technoacousticiens!
The bass I not! How do I change the tonality to short a piece? Oh yes you have to program the entire song notes note and after it is a prisoner of its programming. It can serve as a very square partition drive. Not a measure that dborde! This is the horror that thing!


Sounds can be great on a good amp.
tempo, adjustable swing all is well.
The paterns plants: Severe Dummies! the Zouc? was not there! The Reggea? knows virtually no! The Caribbean rhythms? : O I have not had trouvs! The lilting afros: A little bit, still short and still be programmed. I speak not of musette rhythm or other .... it's made by and for Japanese engineers that thing!
Programming a piece: Measure by measure! But this is a really amazing! To program a rock half the if, you have to type everything, add paterns one by one: allucinant! dlire of thee intRet count measures then when you play: Improv is impossible!


1 year I have bought 10 months dfinitivement I regret this purchase. Yet I would have tried.
I bought it on "AVISS advice" from a store celbre Pigalle effects. Even when we can not spend 10 hours in a store to try this type of thing that price to see if we will do it or if this is research.
Price quality ratio? : Exellent for something that does not serve me! I do not spend hours needlessly account efforts to explore all the possibilities of the time I'd rat something.
The report is: X = 0 Euros diviss by endless dissatisfaction.
I do not rachtreais this "stuff" and I would not stay in the shop it to me advisable. (And did not want me to change it, even with me leaving in feathers)

I play music ..... I do not want to edit work programs that I have to be a slave!

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

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-Audio: R / Lmono, line in (not know what serves the CLUI?) Phones.
Afternoon in

-80 Sets of sounds, with 13 sounds each nanmoins much overlap including percussion, but large enough to do. 25 low.

-No effect :-(

2pistes-for percussion, 1 for bass, polyphonie30voix

99patterns-users, 99songs


Trs simple, my box has Premire rhythms and if it is complicated when a jsuis pany ... the manual is clear I think, but there is not that much to do on that bar, then a manual rat c'tait too possible ...
(Arg small delete on all that has 2 times eliminate all my songs! Ok it's my fault: wrong manip, but hey it's too easy to get wrong! Arg!)


Sound-uh ... say that their quality is proportional to the price of the machine: emh emh, how low! except for some all the same as 4 funk trap kits and a few others, but there will always be the number of sounds you want to do this adaptsa

- Personally, I find only 2 or 3 low use, others are funny

VLOC it seems cool but no other test ...


I have not used trssrieusement for 2 or 3 years, now it is time for me to change! Ngatives to temper things that I said above, I would say it is perfect for discovering what a machine that makes zizik is that it can not be used to many things: support from a group without a drummer or money, and less swing, rhythm tracks for all of his artwork which is not primarily about the pace down but will not be suited for work or BAR is supposed to be important.
a great price quality ratio I think, especially OCCAZ.

finally a nice machine :-)