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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Greg Dinger from usa writes:
Just wondering if the dr-880 users who have already taken the time to program cover songs and save them, are out there and if thats even a option......

I'm a full time adult with limited time, just looking to save time.

Hope that made sense.

Thank you

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-May-30-2008 at 10:58
Ivan a hobbyist user from MIAMI writes:
The percussion instruments sound very good

I'm having a hard time make sense of the manual, and how to program patterns and songs etc

This manual was written in a way that it's not very user friendly

Before this machine I bought a Tascam 8-track digital recorder, it had a long manual but it also had this 3-page quick user guide that was extremely helpful. I guess i have to write my own quick user guide

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-06-2007 at 07:13
Brandondabass a professional user from Sydney writes:
I bought this unit recently as a pre-production tool. I am so impressed with the drum sounds. Having spent my time being disappointed with earlier machines such as the Dr550, I am using my 880 religiously. The Groove Modifier is such a nice touch. The guitar and bass patches are great for the "between takes" jams. Over all I am very impressed. Well done Roland.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-18-2006 at 16:57
Jan Erik Stokke a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
Boss DR880 is the best drum machine I have ever used, and I have used a lot of them. The drum sounds are great and natural sounding. There are many drum kits to choose from, and there is "Total sound control" to adjust the overall sound. There is a built in mixer for drums, bass and guitar and a lot of connections.

If you are using it to anything else but to jam with the build in patterns, you must create songs (combinations of patterns). Compared to other drum machines, it is easy to program.

You also get a decent guitar/bass effect processor and bass lines in your patterns.

The possibility of making bass-lines makes it tempting to create complex and long patterns to make up whole intro, verse, chorus, bridge and ending. You even get the chords shown in the display while playing. But unfortunately, there is one serious drawback with this unit - there simply isn´t enough memory. I ran out of memory after programming 20 songs. Now, I have to go back and reprogram the songs to free up memory. The easiest way to free up memory, is first to delete the bass lines, then create shorter drum patterns that are repeated.

The unit was introduced in 2004, so by 2006 they have had plenty of time for upgrading the memory shortcomings.

I use the machine for playing live with the optional FS-6 double foot switch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-24-2006 at 10:44
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