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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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chris scroope from canada writes:
I had one for over ten years and stupidly sold currently looking for another one....the pads on it alone are worth the price of admission....excellent midi implementation means you can trigger just about anything and i got really good at playing those pads....even did a few live gigs as a drummer with the thing! (i'm a bass player)....its old technology now but very well built and i never had a problem with it....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-30-2005 at 21:08
John Garcia a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Got it as a Christmas present back in 1989, played it and stored some patterns then forgot about it for a few years. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a few years later, the stored patterns were still there. I have used the machine off and on, sill own it and will never part with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 21:03
Jack (Jiggity) a part-time user from USA writes:
R-5 is a pretty nifty drum machine. For what it is, it gets a solid 4 for the dry sounds and "feel" options. You need a good FX setup to get the most out of it, but that's better than having thousands of cheesy wet preset sounds. The pads work really well if you tap them right- velocity control is dead on.

The R-5 hits pretty hard- it usually is very present in mixes. Definitely a good choice for punchy acoustic drums.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-21-2004 at 00:46
Kevin C a professional user from USA writes:
Bought it new in the late 80's and am still using it in the studio if no real drummer is available. People can't tell that it is a drum machine on recordings.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 14:59
mr Leroux a professional user from France writes:
Really tight sounding samples. Easy to program and the pads have a very nice feel. Only Roland can make such a baby. A true future classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-18-2003 at 06:21
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