Zoom RT-123
Zoom RT-123

RT-123, Drum Machine from Zoom.

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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.

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 :-)