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Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome

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The Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome features Rhythm Coach functions with an onboard microphone, a reference-tone function for tuning, an instrument inp...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 12-07-2017

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Practice effectively with quality sounds, varied drum patterns, and learning tools.

The Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome features Rhythm Coach functions with an onboard microphone, a reference-tone function for tuning, an instrument input, MIDI input, and other handy tools.

The Boss DB-90's note mixing function allows you to instantly create a variety of beats by adjusting the levels of 5 different note values. Front-panel sliders, buttons, and a large rotary dial provide instant, hands-on access to edit parameters. Select 4 different click sounds, plus a human voice-counting sound that will help you know your place in the bar. The DB-90 is also equipped with realistic PCM drum patterns, for developing your accuracy and rhythmic feel effectively.

Plug Into Rhythm Coach

Rhythm coach has 4 training modes to help build your accuracy, speed, and endurance. With the Boss DB-90's microphone, you can use the Rhythm Coach functions with acoustic drums or plug a Roland V-Pad into the trigger input. Play along and chart your progress.

Many Uses

Drummers can connect to the DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome via Roland V-Pads or the internal microphone. Guitarists and bassists can directly plug into the DB-90 without any other gear required and monitor via connected headphones. And for those who wish to sync to an external sequencer for more elaborate accompaniment, they can do so with the DB-90 metronome's MIDI input. This stage-oriented feature of the Boss Dr. Beat Metronome is especially useful for drummers.

FEATURES
  • Trigger input to access unique Rhythm Coach exercises
  • MIDI in for syncing to external sequencer tempos
  • PCM sounds with drum machine-style patterns
  • 50 memories
  • Human-voice count
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BossDB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome
 
4.1

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

must have

This is absolutely the best metronome on the market. People said earlier that you can't keep the light on when it says clearly in the instructions to press and hold light and power at...Read complete review

This is absolutely the best metronome on the market. People said earlier that you can't keep the light on when it says clearly in the instructions to press and hold light and power at the same time and it will remain on. The built in coach feature is great for warmups. I love the memory settings because during high school I had drumline, jazz band, show choir, and my other bands songs all programmed into it with space for more. The bad thing was when the battery died all my tempos were gone and it was a pain to redo them all.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

One Fatal Flaw

Bought this and returned it the next day. It's got fantastic features, and the memory is ample (I think there are 50 spots to save "songs" and it's easy to...Read complete review

Bought this and returned it the next day. It's got fantastic features, and the memory is ample (I think there are 50 spots to save "songs" and it's easy to plug a pedal in to switch between them). The problem? After you've spent 45 mins programming in all your songs (yes it takes that long even when you get good at it), any time the unit loses power even for a second, like when switching batteries, it loses everything in it's memory. Even worse, it loses all it's memory when you have fully charged batteries inside and you plug in the AC adapter! Unbelievable.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not bad but not great

By Lumpschlevot

from Hawaii

Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

This is a decent metronome. Easy to use for a practice tool. The biggest gripe I have is that the battery life is very limited. I cant get over how fast it eats up batteries. Yes you can plug it in to a wall outlet but then it is not as portable and becomes cumbersome.It would have been awesome if there was a built in tuner. A audible tone works but for the price, there should be a built in chromatic tuner too.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

must have

By Bryce Job

from Denver, CO

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Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

This is absolutely the best metronome on the market. People said earlier that you can't keep the light on when it says clearly in the instructions to press and hold light and power at the same time and it will remain on. The built in coach feature is great for warmups. I love the memory settings because during high school I had drumline, jazz band, show choir, and my other bands songs all programmed into it with space for more. The bad thing was when the battery died all my tempos were gone and it was a pain to redo them all.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

One Fatal Flaw

By xaphod

from It really doesn't matter

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Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

Bought this and returned it the next day. It's got fantastic features, and the memory is ample (I think there are 50 spots to save "songs" and it's easy to plug a pedal in to switch between them). The problem? After you've spent 45 mins programming in all your songs (yes it takes that long even when you get good at it), any time the unit loses power even for a second, like when switching batteries, it loses everything in it's memory. Even worse, it loses all it's memory when you have fully charged batteries inside and you plug in the AC adapter! Unbelievable.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

what they don't tell you about it

By devonn

from Croatia

Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

I've been using this gadget for about a year...It's pretty fragile, it is def not loud enough for live and rehersal unless you put stereo in-ear bugs in both ears (so I use a headphone amp) and there are 4 sounds available and they all pretty much suck...a simple cow bell sound would top em all by far...oh, and it's pretty expensive too.I don't recommend unless you need it to sync to comp software like reason, ableton et... that was the reason I bought it and it does that well.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Metronome but pricy

By PADMAN

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

Lots of features. The display is VERY small. Many of the key indicators are too small to see quickly. The blinking light is also to dim. I also have the Tama Rhythm watch which has a better display and much easier to use. It does nto have all the features of the Dr-90 but is much more practical for a drummer.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best dog-gone metronome ever...

By Fryovation

from St, Louis, Mo.

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Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

I like the drum patterns For country on this product best It is no. 18
I bought this Metronome To may-"B" help me with my timeing, WOW. Was I ever surprized,
Not only is it helping me with my timeing, but I injoy playing along with the rythem... The drum
patterns, since I do a lot of playing by my selff ..I Would say this is the one to buy..
Way to go Boss ! Howard...

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Useful

By Concord

from Calera, AL

Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

Our praise band uses this metronome. As the worship leader, I ask the drummers to please use it. Playing with a metronome makes the band a much tighter band. We find the battery lasts through about two weeks of services. This would be six services and approximately six to eight rehearsals. We use an Aviom system for stage monitoring and have a dedicated line for the metronome. The roller dial is useful for quickly dialing up the next song tempo.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Basic rythem bit marker

By Frank

from Eston PA.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • I Use It For Practice

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

    I just use it for practice, I wish it would have more rythems variants, but does its job.I recommended.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome

    By efh0888

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

    The only complaint I have about this is the price. However, if you have a birthday coming up or a gift card or something definitely go for it. Every decent drummer should be very comfortable playing with a click in live situations and this metronome is the most practical for both practice and live shows. It is definitely loud enough without being obnoxious, and you can program your whole set before the show starts. Pretty amazing!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For drummers it's worth it.

    By Mykv

    from Orange County, CA

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    Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

    I've had this unit for about a year and a half now. I needed a metronome that I could sync to Ableton Live and my Roland SP808-EX. It does exactly what I need it to do which is to provide a click when playing live. I have it running through a headphone amp so that I can get more volume if I need it. Plus, if I need a clear monitor mix I can push the mix with the DB-90 through the headphone amp as well. However, I haven't had a need to do that because my floor monitor is loud enough and I can hear the click through the headphones. On another note this handles tempo changes via MIDI very well and the stand attachment comes in handy. I would suggest buying the AC adapter for it.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    not there yet

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

    Every musician should have and USE a metronome...especially drummers. This metronome I have had for about a year now and although it has many features, I find it cumbersome to use. The LCD display light stays on a very short time and you can't program it to stay on indefinitely. Although you can program numerous tempos, it is very difficult to step from one to another... press button twice, then roll the wheel and hope that you have the right one because you can't see the program number because the display is dark. I use a metronome at most shows and am looking for another one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    is what it is

    By brent

    from porterville,ca

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Does What It's Supposed D
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Perfects Your Timing
      • Practicing

      Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

      i was under the imprssion you could create simple beats to work with but you can't. but it does have 30 veriety of rythems that can really help a person develope impecksble timing, which i have now decided to give it to my daughters music teacher. deffinately worth the price

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worzit 1 is right.

      By Mike

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

        This is by far the best metronome I've owned. I don't
        know what more you could expect from a metronome.
        Yes, the light does stay on. Worzit 1 was right,
        "DB90" will become synonymous with "metronome".
        Pay a little extra now, in the end, you'll be glad
        you did.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        What is there to say?

        By Worzit1

        from Los Banos, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          This is one of those products that everyone assumes you have because it's the industry standard. Eventually DB-90 will be synonymous with "metronome" just as "Kleenex" is for tissue.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great

          By Blackdrumbum03

          from a-town, VA

          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          Great metronome, a boat load of features. I can plug my headphones in or plug it into my amp. I can change not values and add accents on the ones. Great overall worth the money definitely.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Lotsa features but...

          By drummerclint@hotmail.com

          from Ontario, Canada

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          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          The sound quality is garbage when using it with headphones! I use the DB-90 for live and studio work. The MIDI function is GREAT for syncronizing with a sequencer or my computer when recording. However, I can hear lots of noise in the background. I guess Boss didn't get their grounding figured out properly. I usually use it with a small mixer, the metronome, along with a monitor feed off the main board goes into this mixer to create my own personalized mix. The rhythm coach functions are also really good, as they help out with tightness and internal tempos.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It Talks!

          By Bob-pDxzH

          from Orange County, CA

          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          I love this metronome. I never thought I'd spend this much on a metronome, but I got a gift cert. and apllied it to the metronome. Easy to practice too and easy to switch tempos and voices. I haven't tried programing yet. The only think I'm worried about is the tilt back stand, it looks like it could break very easily. If this metronome would break or get stolen I would replace it today. It even counts for you in a human voice and I love that feature.

           
          2.0

          WAY OVER DENSE, VERY POOR OWNERS MANUAL

          By Buffalo_BiL

          from New Buffalo, MI

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Metro arm visual
          • Mostly Latin beats

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not many ROCK beats.
          • Unreadable owner's manual

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Wasting hours reading manual

          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          I LOVE the metro arm swinging back and forth on the screen, really helps me adjust if I get out of time.
          This helps visual people a great deal, so how come I can't get a basic metronome with that???
          This is NOT very useful for ROCK music, but it's has many Latin beats.
          I just need a 1-2 rock beat, and a 1-2 dance beat with kick drum on all beats, it don't got those. (????)
          The owner's manual is written in 1 point type, (???) you'll need a strong magnifier to read it. (WHAT??)
          No list of beats, so you have to listen to each one to find yours.

           
          4.0

          Does what it says it will do and it is a Boss Product

          By Solo Jazz Ambiance

          from Maui, Hawaii

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Vocal beat count reason I purchased this unit

          Cons

          • A better manual with beat listings is needed.
          • Bought it to strenthen my feelin for the "One"
          • For the money, the case and jacks not great.
          • Voice trainer for samba/Latin would be great

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

          Practice only, sounds,clicks mechanical sounding. I only bought this unit because of the vocal coach feature to strengthen feeling for the "One" during practice and writing arrangements.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what the Dr ummer ordered!

          By Terry S.

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Playing
            • Practicing

            Comments about Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome:

            If you want the best - get it. This is the best metronome on the market today.

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