Zoom RT-123
Zoom RT-123

RT-123, Drum Machine from Zoom.

Made In Breizh 04/30/2013

Zoom RT-123 : Made In Breizh's user review

«  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.