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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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BENT MONKEY CAGE five dollar fade a professional user from U S A writes:
ROLAND DDR30-can be circuit bent to oblivious anomalies---add depth to those kicks--rumble the club or hall with some simple triggers or piezo's and a bent ROLAND DDR30 GRAB ONE if you can --we have 3 units

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-23-2003 at 06:15
chrisb a hobbyist user from canada writes:
darn ui. i meant to hit 4/5. i'll do this as 5 to get it to average out. btw, matt - no idea if the simmons kit will work.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-05-2003 at 02:01
chrisb a hobbyist user from canada writes:
the roland dr330 is a cool piece of kit.

the lack of hihat/cymbals make for a piece that i wouldnt recommend to a BEGINNER but someone who is looking to expand their drum sounds cheaply, and is looking to have a simple but cool 80's influence in their kick and snare can look no further.

it lanks the interactivity of a drum machine, but can be used as a drum brain with any sort of audio trigger. thats pretty cool.

the sounds are easily editable, and always fairly low-bit sounding...however the kick has quite a nice bass. it has built in EQ as well as envelope/pitch so you can really get some boomy sounds out of it.

fairly inexpensive, but built like a tank - im glad i picked one up for about 150$ US.

again, just to be clear - it wont replace any other drum machine. still, i love it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-05-2003 at 01:59
PM a professional user from U.S.A writes:
The DDR-30 is a great piece of electronic drum history. Solid and well built. Editing is quite easy with the alpha-dial that Roland was incorporating into a number of their synths at the time. It has MIDI in/out/&thru, so it works well with any contemporary gear or computer. It has trigger inputs on the back for kick/snare/&4 toms, but they are XLR rather than quarter inch so I don't know how compatable they'll be with different trigger pads. Left and right stereo outputs, plus 6 individual outputs. It also has a slot for a memory card -if you can still find one out there. The sound of this unit is what defined the pre-hair metal '80s. Much closer to the Simmons sound than the much-hyped TR-808 sound, but you can really get just about any of sound from that era out of this unit. It is really quite flexible. You could use it for any style of music but a classic piece like this should be used for what it is. Don't plug it in and wonder why it isn't a V-drum. Rather, enjoy for what it does, and does so well.

Pros: Well built, EZ to edit, MIDI compatable, Multi-outputs, Classic '80s sound.

Cons: Limited to drum sounds only, no cymbals or latin percussion sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-23-2002 at 16:24
Jason Champion a part-time user from USA writes:
This thing some really cool industrial-sounding drums and is a great module for that early electronic drum sound. It's not a do-it-all unit like the Roland R8, but rather a specialty unit you use to get just "that" sound.

Good at what it does, it's a neat little-known unit that can be had cheaply. If you're looking to learn drumming, get one of these and those old cheesy triangle pads instead of a kit - you'll be able to practice without the cops showing up, and you can always upgrade piece by piece. It'll probably cost about the same as a used drum kit and you get more than one sound per drum.

However, if you're serious about playing digital drums, you'll probably want a Roland V-drums set or an Alesis DM Pro-based set, but they'll cost you an arm and a leg.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-16-2001 at 14:45
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