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Boss DR-670 Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine  

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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

        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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        Good all-purpose drum machine

        I use this as the rhythm section for my songwriting, and like it quite a bit. It's fairly easy to create patterns, modify drum kits, tweak drum sounds, string patterns into songs,...Read complete review

        I use this as the rhythm section for my songwriting, and like it quite a bit. It's fairly easy to create patterns, modify drum kits, tweak drum sounds, string patterns into songs, etc. The sounds aren't the cleanest or punchiest, and that's where this machine shows its age. I'd like 24 bit samples. But I make do with these until I can find something easier to use. This little unit really lends itself to fast composing and sequencing. I've used mine for about five years. My observations are these:1.) Unless you write down which song number goes with which song, it's easy to forget. Please, Boss, allow us to attach names to songs and kits.2.) Once you've changed a drum kit or pattern (even accidentally), it's changed for good. There's no "Save" button.3.) The bass sounds are mostly useless.4.) The vintage 808 sounds are nice additions, although I haven't needed them.5.) Flam/roll and DPP features are also mostly useless unless you like the robo-drummer sound.6.) Add some external reverb / eq / compression / pitch shifting / to fatten up the sound7.) It's easy to control this unit from your favorite DAW / sequencer software or digital n-track recorder. I do it all the time. Instructions are in the manual, which leads me to my next point:8.) The manual is pretty good. If you work with it, you'll be an expert in a short time.9.) I've never had any reliability issues with it. 10.) The drum pads don't allow for the best expressivity. I have longer fingernails I use for fingerstyle guitar, which makes banging patterns even more fumbly. I quantize my patterns a lot, but that also has its disadvatages. If you want to avoid the robo-drummer sound, quantize some drum parts (like kick or snare) and unquantize others like cymbals.

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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

        Great machine, easy to use

        By terry

        from Oregon

        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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        4.0

        They shouldn

        By Rick Epstein

        from California

        The DR-670 shortcomings have been mentioned and it

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        5.0

        Not perfect but what is?

        By John T. Poole

        from Ardmore, PA

        This drum box has a few annoying aspects but was a wise followup to the DR770. BOSS got the price down by eliminating on board effects but added more and better bass samples. One can turn off the bass parts to the patterns easily with just a few button pushes but when copying any preset pattern to a user slot for tweaking you have the option of excluding the bass. I have the DR770 and still prefer it but I feel the 670 was a considerate marketing decision by BOSS. I would highly recommend this unit.

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        1.0

        not happy

        By steven -3DJvz

        from santa Barbara

        ok i have other roland drum machines and they're fine but i bought this so i could use the foot-pedal to stop/start. this machine sounds fine but the manual is very difficult compared with other roland manuals. the machine is not intuitive or user friendly and i couldn't access the bass at all. so i've ordered the DR-670 to exchange for this which should make roland very happy. so don't bother with the DR-3 if you like to program your own kits and beats because it's such a challenge.

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        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).

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        4.0

        Two Things Wrong

        By Judge Dread

        from Atlantic Beach, Florida

        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.

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        5.0

        Too Much Fun!!!

        By Guitboxguy

        from Southern Calif.

        Over the years I've always preferred all live instruments in my bands. However, lately I've been using this machine for smaller jobs--it rocks to high heaven. I now play lead guitar and drums at the same time. I use this machine, not ro record, but to perform live. I set it on a stand next to me with the footswitch (bought separately), and, having picked out the kit and tempo ahead of time, start the machine. The band jumps right in there. Whenever I feel the urge, I reach over and touch a button to play a fill, or I turn the knob one knotch to choose the same kit with a slightly fuller sound. And, sometimes, I get the band to simmer while I reach over and play some percussion for a little change. I use a lot of kits so that each song has its own flavor. It is not hard to find a kit to match. I'm having a ton of fun with this and greatly enjoying the grooves that our band is so easily slipping into.

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        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.

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        4.0

        I recommend this!

        By BrutalMovement Records

        from Minneapolis, MN

        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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        4.0

        Good all-purpose drum machine

        By mirror_man

        from Madison, WI

        I use this as the rhythm section for my songwriting, and like it quite a bit. It's fairly easy to create patterns, modify drum kits, tweak drum sounds, string patterns into songs, etc. The sounds aren't the cleanest or punchiest, and that's where this machine shows its age. I'd like 24 bit samples. But I make do with these until I can find something easier to use. This little unit really lends itself to fast composing and sequencing. I've used mine for about five years. My observations are these:1.) Unless you write down which song number goes with which song, it's easy to forget. Please, Boss, allow us to attach names to songs and kits.2.) Once you've changed a drum kit or pattern (even accidentally), it's changed for good. There's no "Save" button.3.) The bass sounds are mostly useless.4.) The vintage 808 sounds are nice additions, although I haven't needed them.5.) Flam/roll and DPP features are also mostly useless unless you like the robo-drummer sound.6.) Add some external reverb / eq / compression / pitch shifting / to fatten up the sound7.) It's easy to control this unit from your favorite DAW / sequencer software or digital n-track recorder. I do it all the time. Instructions are in the manual, which leads me to my next point:8.) The manual is pretty good. If you work with it, you'll be an expert in a short time.9.) I've never had any reliability issues with it. 10.) The drum pads don't allow for the best expressivity. I have longer fingernails I use for fingerstyle guitar, which makes banging patterns even more fumbly. I quantize my patterns a lot, but that also has its disadvatages. If you want to avoid the robo-drummer sound, quantize some drum parts (like kick or snare) and unquantize others like cymbals.

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