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Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine

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Get some great beats right away with the Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine. This compact rhythm-creation tool offers all the acclaimed sound from B...Click To Read More About This Product

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One of the most feature-packed and affordable drum machines in Boss history.

Get some great beats right away with the Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine. This compact rhythm-creation tool offers all the acclaimed sound from Boss' flagship DR-770 while adding enhancements like velocity-sensitive pads and footswitch control. 255 no-compromise drum and percussion waveforms grouped into 64 preset and 64 user kits. Program bass lines using 16 distinct sounds including Finger Bass, Slap Bass, Acoustic Bass, and Pick Bass. Buttons are physically set up like the notes on a bass. Up to 100 songs. 200 preset rhythm patterns, 200 user patterns. Large LCD. Foot control jack for handsfree start/stop and fills with optional footswitch. Assign patterns to pads for triggering on the fly with Direct Pattern Play.

FEATURES
  • 255 waveforms
  • 64 preset kits and 64 user kits
  • 16 distinct bass sounds
  • 100 songs
  • 200 preset rhythm patterns, 200 user patterns
  • Large LCD
  • Patterns assignable to specific pads

It's the rhythm section that won't drive everyone in the neighborhood nuts, plays exactly what you want for as long as you want, and shuts up when you turn it off.

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4.1

(based on 29 reviews)

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not bad

I've been playing around with this machine for the last month and have been fairly satisfied with it. The tap tempo makes it so easy to find the right rythym, and it is really...Read complete review

I've been playing around with this machine for the last month and have been fairly satisfied with it. The tap tempo makes it so easy to find the right rythym, and it is really easy to create new rythms. Some things I do not like about it is that when you create new rythyms, you cannot go more than 2 measures. I know other drum machines let you do up to 8. also, the trigger pads lack proper response. Sometimes you have to really hit them hard to get a good sound out of them. Also, the manual is not very good. when i first got it, i could not figure out how to turn the bass tracks off! the manual gives you no clue (I was about to smash the thing!). i had to go online to learn how to do this. (press SHIFT+UTILITY and then change ALL setting to DRUM setting). But i've been having fun with it none the less; not a bad purchase

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Boss DR-670 Drum Machine...Avoid.

After reading about all of the features of this drum machine I was excited to pick one up and start writing songs with it. I used a DR-550 MKII for about 8 or...Read complete review

After reading about all of the features of this drum machine I was excited to pick one up and start writing songs with it. I used a DR-550 MKII for about 8 or 9 years prior and decided to upgrade with the DR-670 since it has tons more memory and sounds. First of all the setup is very easy. Making your own "Drum Set" is easy. Tweaking the sound is easy. However if you write music that doesn't conform to the strict "by the book" method of this drum machine you will not like this machine at all.The DR-670 cannot do many of the things the DR-550MKII can do. For example, if you want to change the scale to 3/4 time to get quick triplet style double bass, you cannot get a decent 4 count. When changing the scale to 3/4 every beat is in increments of wither 3 or 6. And you cannot make a transition from 3/4 to 4/4 within the same beat.Also unlike the DR-550MKII you cannot remove individual steps. Same as mentioned earlier, steps are also removed in either 3 or 6 increments.Avoid this machine at all costs. I have gone back to my DR-550MKII until I can pick up a Alesis SR-16.

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4.0

not bad

By johnny boy-zu6W-

from honolulu, HI

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I've been playing around with this machine for the last month and have been fairly satisfied with it. The tap tempo makes it so easy to find the right rythym, and it is really easy to create new rythms. Some things I do not like about it is that when you create new rythyms, you cannot go more than 2 measures. I know other drum machines let you do up to 8. also, the trigger pads lack proper response. Sometimes you have to really hit them hard to get a good sound out of them. Also, the manual is not very good. when i first got it, i could not figure out how to turn the bass tracks off! the manual gives you no clue (I was about to smash the thing!). i had to go online to learn how to do this. (press SHIFT+UTILITY and then change ALL setting to DRUM setting). But i've been having fun with it none the less; not a bad purchase

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Boss DR-670 Drum Machine...Avoid.

By Bill-530SU

from Madison, WI

After reading about all of the features of this drum machine I was excited to pick one up and start writing songs with it. I used a DR-550 MKII for about 8 or 9 years prior and decided to upgrade with the DR-670 since it has tons more memory and sounds. First of all the setup is very easy. Making your own "Drum Set" is easy. Tweaking the sound is easy. However if you write music that doesn't conform to the strict "by the book" method of this drum machine you will not like this machine at all.The DR-670 cannot do many of the things the DR-550MKII can do. For example, if you want to change the scale to 3/4 time to get quick triplet style double bass, you cannot get a decent 4 count. When changing the scale to 3/4 every beat is in increments of wither 3 or 6. And you cannot make a transition from 3/4 to 4/4 within the same beat.Also unlike the DR-550MKII you cannot remove individual steps. Same as mentioned earlier, steps are also removed in either 3 or 6 increments.Avoid this machine at all costs. I have gone back to my DR-550MKII until I can pick up a Alesis SR-16.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

They shouldn

By Rick Epstein

from California

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The DR-670 shortcomings have been mentioned and it

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Machine

By Music Man-XSG-p

from Johnston, SC

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After reading some reviews I was a bit skepticle about purchasing this product but the price range and features were to good to pass up. Now that I own this machine I can say that I'm very happy with it. The day after I brought it home I had a song programed in it. The sounds are of good quality and I like the idea of having the "fills" feature. No, it does not come with an adapter (what does anymore) but you can use one of your other Boss pedal adapters if you have one laying around as I did. It would be nice to be able to program more than 2 measures at a time but that's an easy workaround. In my opinion construction is fine but if you take it out on live gigs you would want to have a case for it. As far as the owners manual goes I didn't seem to have a problem with it as long as I followed exactly what it said. I did have to call support about using the 670 as a slave and using the computer sequencer as the master via the midi hook up. It did not seem to work with the settings that the manual instructed me to perform. The tech support fellow seemed to have the answer before I was finished telling him what was going on and I did not ask him why it didn't work as instructed by the manual so I don't know if it was something I did (or not) to cause my problem. To sum it up, don't be afraid to buy this unit you'll like it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Steps to programming

By Mars-.Rd1o

from koror, PW

I have just owned a DR-670 and I am amazed with all the drum styles and beats; however, after reading and re-reading my manual I still cannot program one song. If anyone out there can give me advice on how to program it please post it on this review.

 
4.0

Great machine, easy to use

By terry

from Oregon

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Verstile

Cons

  • Display Needs Backlight
  • Needs Xlr Out

Best Uses

  • Performance
  • Recording
  • Shedding

Pros: Whithin 3-4 hrs of receiving it, I was able to create a custom kit, record and edit patterns (real time and stepwise), manipulate each instrument's features (level, pitch, decay), and turn bass/drums on & off. The manual is thorough and written well.

Cons: A backlit screen would be very useful in a dark venue. The 1/4" output is ok, but an XLR out would make it easier for sound guys/gals to put this machine into the house PA.

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5.0

Impressive Machine.

By T.O.R.S.O.

from Queen Creek, AZ

I have had the Pleasure of owning this Machine for the last few months and i have had nothing but a great time playing with the machine rather than playing with setting it up. Its a Straight forward easy setup process with great beats coming out almost right away.

 
4.0

Good tool to have!

By Bilfoldmusic

from Danville, Illinois

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I've just picked one of these up today at a local music store. I can't stop messing with it. Very good sound quality. So many different drum sounds and patterns to pick from. You can custom make your own kit and play it. Or use one of the many preset kits. Very good tool to have around. Great for making your own songs.

 
5.0

Great

By A non a mice

from Central Cali

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It's a great lil machine. It does have alot of diverse drum kits. Easy to make patters live or via step. Only draw back is that it can't really be used for a midi controller for programs such as fruity loops, reason, or cubase. Somehow the midi maps are a lil weird, but great for on the go beats.

 
5.0

make it happen

By KingInfinite

from Chicago, IL

I just picked this up the DR-670. I've found that once you master creating programs (which took about a day) linking them to create songs is a breeze. The only flaw is the measures can only be 1 or 2 however, when you make enough programs with the fill-ins you'll find you can still make it happen in the majors. Especially with extra EQ. A must have for any style of music w/rythm.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Boss DR-670

By lespaulman-1br03

from Chicago, Il.

I recently purchased the Boss DR-670 and decided to return it after using it for one week. The AC power supply is sold as an option which still baffles me. The LCD display isn't backlit which makes it difficult to see even under well lit conditions. There are no instructional videos to be found. When I just wanted to hear drums (no bass) it took forever to do that..should be much easier. I bought the Alesis SR-18 and already love it..a far better unit, as well as cheaper.

 
5.0

Great for Practice or Gig

By Roger M

from Gilbert, AZ

I just purchased the DR-670, and I'm impressed with the drum and bass sounds. I thought at first programming would be difficult, but the owner's manual is well written and the steps are defined very well. One improvement would be a larger pattern size, say 4 measures, compared to the current 2 measures/pattern. Overall, good value and performance.

 
5.0

One of the best accessories I have ever owned

By mig1014983uel

from Glendale , AZ

Basicaly all there is to say is that it is great. Very easy to read instructions make it a great accessory. Especially if you are an active musician, sometimes you can get a weird tempo that you can't find with conventional drum machines. This is a great product.

 
3.0

Proceed with caution...

By stngbndr_54

from Portland OR area

I've had this thing for a year now and the operation still confounds me--be prepared to spend plenty of time with your owner's manual. The flywheel works when it wants to, construction is flimsy...you might do better with the next model up, if you have the $$$

 
4.0

Two Things Wrong

By Judge Dread

from Atlantic Beach, Florida

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This is a nice little drum machine. I bought the dual foot pedals and it is really cool to be able to insert fills when you want them - takes away a lot of the artificial beat-box sound.But it has two problems:First - the screen doesn't light up. What the heck? I bought this for live performances, now I have to buy a book light or something. This is just ridiculous.Second - there is a bass track with every drum track - fine if you're a guitarist looking for a drum machine to practice with, but gol-darn it, I'm a BASS PLAYER! There is no way to turn the bass tracks off permanently, you have to go through a menu every time you power up the unit.One big plus, I have been a reggae fan since 1964, and so many drum machines have weak reggae beats. These ones are dread-out.

 
5.0

pleasing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i recently purchased the DR-670 drum machine. i have to say it is a very good beginning or advanced drum machine. i had little to no experience with drum machines, but found this very easy to use. it has a good manual.

 
4.0

Pretty good!

By Boof

from Tampa, FL

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It has lots of sounds. Many of them are cheezy, but the others sound great. Easy to use... after you figure out how it works. Probably one of the better units for the price.

 
4.0

Product Review 3-18-04

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The instructions are very straight foreward. I like that. It is an above average drum machine compared to the one's I have seen so far.

 
5.0

Once you learn it, you'll love it.

By craig-xWrqy

from New Mexico

I'm definitely pleased with my DR-670. The drum sounds are great but you will need to spend some time with your nose in the manual (or, better, get the training DVD).I would like to clear up one problem that has been mentioned : the belief that the preset patterns bass parts can't be permanently turned off. This is not true. All you have to do is copy the preset pattern to a user pattern and then you can modify it all you want (including getting rid of the bass).

 
4.0

I recommend this!

By BrutalMovement Records

from Minneapolis, MN

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Just bought this machine, and received it today. It truly performs beyond my expectation! It has great sound! There are so many sound options and all are very realistic.I am using it specifically for recording, it is sure standing up to the test.Only one complaint- and that is that an AC adapter did not come with the machine, so I am actually online looking to buy one now. The equipment does, however, ship with some AA batteries to get you started.

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