Boss DR-5 Dr. Rhythm. +. Boss DR-5 Dr. Rhythm. DR-5 Dr. Rhythm, Drum Machine from Boss in the DR series. This product is no longer manufactured. The Boss DR-5 drum machine has an average rating of out of 5.(The Boss DR-5 drum machine has a total of 57 reviews). This unit is definitely a hidden treasure. If you’re a guitarist or bass player looking for a box to control percussion and any other midi gear this is a great option.

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By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Cutting edge at the times of its release, this machine was flexible, powerful and affordable. Combining patterns expanded the FR-2D to over available preset pattern combinations. The introduction of an LCD graphic display supported a step grid for programming various drum parts. Individual mute controls for each of the four voices were featured on the front panel, allowing the user to create breakdowns. With hundreds of samples arranged into 32 preset kits, many different styles of music were covered.

Sign up for the Roland Canada newsletter to keep up-to-date on new products, events and much more. A great beat machine I used this back in the 90s when I was a kid and I wanted to get that optimal yet simplistic sound once again.

The sounds are improved. Check out some soundclips and hear the DR5 in action at: It featured the Matrix Display, alongside 12 pads with 11 corresponding drum sounds. The overall design is exactly the same, the only aesthetic difference being the lighter colour. MIDI In meant it could be slaved to external machines. Share on Digg Share.


Using analog voice circuits to create its sounds, the TR offered approximately 20 preset rhythms. Did you find noss review helpful? In fact, for programming lines of instruments, it seems necessary to have a MIDI keyboard.

The rest is history…. This does not mean that I regret my purchase! It also featured a built in amplifier and speaker. It included a Pad Layer function that enabled users to combine samples, allowing for endless possibilities, as well as onboard digital effects including reverb, delay and chorus. Rhythm Ace FR-3 This machine came with 8 different preset sounds, alongside buttons for the 2-beat and 4-beat variations.

User reviews: Boss DR-5 Dr. Rhythm – Audiofanzine

This unit provides a great sounding rhythm section to my guitar and sax playing. The built-in sounds were a development on the sounds of the earlier Roland TR machines. For my part I do is that the programming in real time by slowing down the tempo if necessary.

With more boxs capacity, this device was able to integrate a wider range of both acoustic and electric sounds, hosting 48 sounds in total.

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The possibility to connect his guitar to record a line of instrument boas not top, the restitition is too uncertain, it makes this feature unusable. Our members also liked: It offers external synchronization with MIDI and DIN sync, four levels of shuffle that operate globally, and a flam that could be applied to any step.


The basses are also rich and lifelike.

The second generation model, R-8 MkII, was released 3 years later and featured a new expanded set of on-board sounds.

Share on Pinterest Share. This was done by altering various attributes of sounds within a pattern, based on a rhythm template or another kind of random variation.

There is an editing function in step by step. The drum sounds are more than correct for its time late 90sespecially compared to the price of the new machine. Designed with organists in mind, it was taken on by Hammond and is now also widely known as the Hammond Rhythm Unit.

The value for money was excellent in nine at the time the Yamaha cost far more expensive, it must be rememberedand still is used. What could be better? The DR-5 manual is available online bose more details, I simply remember the basics: In my opinion, BOSS could do away with those and free the memory for more user programed songs.

Inexpensive and flexible, it targeted dance music producers and amateur home musicians.

Provides an overview of key features, functions and operational tips. The 36 pads are all a function, so we found it very quickly.

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It offered eight analog drum sounds with volume and balance controls. YouTube Channel This channel provides information of the Roland’s best quality electronic musical instruments. See all 5 pre-owned listings.