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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Agentman a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got this box used for $190 ~8 years ago. Didn't like the kick/snare to much, but the toms were cool IMO. The hi-hats, and ride cymbals cut thru a mix. I will not part from this unit.

BTW, the sample pads can make up for the weaknesses of the kick/snare.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-06-2001 at 08:59
soulboy a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
Got one (used to have 2). These are great. Heaps of fun to use and one of the must cutting claps and hats you'll find anywhere.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-30-2001 at 06:58
Mario a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
woooo. I once had a RZ-1 and now I want it back! It was a Mod one; 3 digi switches (2-1-0) for different Styles (Latin etc) and Ass-Kickin BS-Drums. luckily I recorded enough Intos on 4-Track; so my Samples are still alive. I used to pre-cut the Samples on my Mac with Sound Edit (1992) so I could pre-fix the Samples-Sizes (0.2 sec.) and tranfered them via Audio to my RZ-1. BIG BEATz!!! anyone selling one?? mail me!!

posted Monday-Jul-16-2001 at 11:22
mil a part-time user from USA writes:
This machine has fat plastic pads for pounding and it fits in well with my set up, I have used/owned several drum machines- Sequential drumtracks,yamaha,korg,Emu sp12 etc. The sounds are punchy and fill out a mix nicely, the sample pads are a cool extra. This one will be one of those that 'suddenly' become popular after many of the remaing ones either wear out or fade back into the garage...They have been featured in several hit mixes and these things are way retro. I like the unrealistic sounds! If I wanted real drums I would fetch a drummer and some drums...It has heavy duty features and is extremely durable as well as functional.The independent sliders and outputs are great too.I give this puppy a fat 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-08-2001 at 02:57
Snarfboy a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
Very nasty sounding wee box... sounds like it belongs on the Ghostbusters soundtrack. The kick, snare, and hi-hats are pretty unusable, but the claps, cowbell and toms sound quite nice for what they are. The amount of sampling time is almost laughable but infinately useful once you get used to making sounds that are .2 seconds long.

The individual outs and volumes are a blessing.

Programming is a breeze, but I havent tried saving samples out/loading them in because of that weird-ass plug they have on the back. I read somewhere that you could mod this to a jack plug and just dump them to audio cassette -- anybody tried this?

Gets a three. Bad points: fundamental preset sounds are rubbish; very fiddly save/load technique for samples. Good points: you can sample; individual outs and volumes for each sound, easy programming, midi in/out/thru

Actually that's about a 3.5

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-17-2001 at 00:52
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