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The Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3 will add incredible-sounding drums to your music! Dr. Rhythm's loaded with acoustic and electronic drum kits, as well as a s...Read More

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A fast and easy solution for fantastic rhythm tracks.

The Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3 will add incredible-sounding drums to your music! Dr. Rhythm's loaded with acoustic and electronic drum kits, as well as a selection of bass sounds. Great for jamming, the DR-3's Rhythm Progressions and multiple variations make it easy to create a realistic-sounding drum track for any style of music. The Total Sound Control (TSC) feature allows you to tweak your kits to perfection.

The Rhythm Progressions feature lets you choose from 100 preset styles and use the 8 panel buttons to switch between different sections of your song. Up to 3 variations can be selected for each Intro, Verse, Fill, and Ending.

TSC lets you change the sound of a drum kit with specialized effects. The Sound Shape function can be used to adjust the 3-band compression and 3-band parametric EQ, or add some spaciousness with the Ambiance effect. An optional footswitch can be used to control anything from Intro/Start and Ending/Stop to Verse Change, Variation On/Off, Loop On/Off and more. Battery power lets you take the DR-3 just about anywhere.

FEATURES
  • Affordable drum machine for jamming or practice
  • Realistic drum, percussion, and bass sounds with velocity-sensitive pads
  • Programmable rhythm progressions with 3 variations each for Intro, Verse, Fill, and Ending
  • Total Sound Control with Sound Shape function and Ambiance for professional drum sounds
  • 100 preset styles and 100 user styles programmable via realtime or step recording
  • Footswitch input for easy live control
SPECIFICATIONS

Dr. Rhythm DR-3

  • 8-7/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 7-5/16"D
    1 lb. 10 oz.
    12-voice polyphony
    120 drum and percussion sounds
    12 bass sounds
    20 - 260BPM
    Realtime or step recording
    13 velocity-sensitive pads
    Backlit LCD (16 characters x 2 lines)
    I/O: L, R (RCA), L, R (1/4"), footswitch jack (stereo 1/4"), MIDI in, DC in (AC adapter jack)
    Power Supply DC9V: dry battery (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adapter (PSA-series)
    Power Consumption 200 mA * Expected battery life under continuous use: approx. 5 hours (This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
    Accessories Dry Battery (Alkaline LR6 (AA) type) x 6, Owner's Manual, Roland Service (Information Sheet)
    Options AC Adapter: PSA Series, Foot Switch: FS-5U, Foot Switch Cable: Roland PCS-31

    The specifications are subject to change without notice.
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BossDr. Rhythm DR-3
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product,Easy to use

I purchased this for a drum backing for the duo act that I am doing and, so far it is giving me everything that I was looking for. Plenty of sounds and, choices...Read complete review

I purchased this for a drum backing for the duo act that I am doing and, so far it is giving me everything that I was looking for. Plenty of sounds and, choices for programs. I haven't found a song yet that I can't use it on. I would definately suggest using the double pedal for starting and ending the programs and providing fills, even though if you keep it at arms reach it's fairly easy use the buttons manually,if you're playing a guitar footswitches are always easier. I have also added another switch between the unit and my amp to stop the sound or add a drum break at any time. It's really a Great little unit with a lot of features for a decent price. I found a tilt stand that will clamp to any mic stand to hold this unit and, it just made the whole thing come together perfectly. Stagg MUS-ARM 1 is the stand. The cables will go through the holes in the stand even making it more secure and stable. I would reccommend this unit for anyone looking for a drum machine and not wanting to spend a lot of money and, also for ease of operation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not User-Friendly

The DR-3 does everything you would expect from a unit that costs less than $200. The sound is pretty standard, and I am satisfied with its capabilities overall. Its major flaw is...Read complete review

The DR-3 does everything you would expect from a unit that costs less than $200. The sound is pretty standard, and I am satisfied with its capabilities overall. Its major flaw is its complicated interface. Given that much can be accomplished with this thing, the user must navigate through many lengthy menus even to use it at a basic level, which is confusing because each menu item is displayed individually on a small screen. Moving through these non-linear menus with a linear interface is extremely complicated, and the manual is only somewhat helpful. There is an instructional video available for it, but of course it's $30-40. I figured the thing out myself, but it took a long time and was very frustrating. If you are willing to spend many hours figuring it out by yourself in addition to reading the manual thoroughly, the unit does everything a hobbyist will need.

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4.0

WORKS GREAT WITH SEVERAL OTHER MACHINES LIKE THE BOSS DR880

By Dave Myler

from New Zealand

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    I would like to suggest if anyone has this to try hooking it up via midi to another drum machine such as theDR-770, DR-880, or the Korg EMX 1 or 2. It only has midi in. Be sure to set the DR-3 to AUTO. Go into system menu and set it to DRUMS only output, so you don't get the base playing. You can also setup how often you want the fill in to happen, which also determines how often it changes to the next section A, B, or C. The midi signal will just make it start and then stay in correct timing. Using it in this way with another drum machine makes it sound like you have a huge drum setup. I will do a video on Youtube pretty soon to show what I mean.

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    1.0

    Frustrating To Use

    By RR

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    I bought this because it's advertised as an entry-level model that allows a musician to construct rhythm tracks for individual songs (I write a lot of original material). I hoped to be able to use it in small live settings as well.

    I don't know how many hours I've spent trying to figure out how to do this, and I'm no closer than the day I bought it. After my first attempt, I bought the DVD instruction manual. That didn't help in the least, and it feels more like a demo video than an instruction video. There's a whole lot of "You can do this and this and this" with no explanation of how or why.

    The preset styles don't seem to follow any kind of common chord progression, they're mostly just random patterns strung together, so they're not really helpful even as a practicing tool.

    I'd say, if you want to spike your blood pressure, if you want a grey box with a lot of flashing lights that makes random sounds, then this is the product for you. If, however, you're looking for an easy-to-use backup player for practicing and performing, then give this a miss. It's far, far too difficult to use to be considered entry-level.

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    3.0

    Not what I was looking for, but I'm not sure it exists

    By flying fingers

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    So I'm looking for a simple drum machine to replace my ancient TR-505, which is still functional but showing its age. I was hoping that this machine would do that, but it has too much of things I don't want and not enough of what I do need. I use the TR-505 to play drum loops along with my piano playing. I have a set of simple patterns with fairly spare playing, and I use a pedal to start and stop the loop, and the tempo dial to change tempo. That represents about 1% of what this machine is capable of, but it's not easy. The learning curve is relatively steep, and I'm a techie. I set up my loops with a lot of help from the manual, and I'm sure that if I want to make changes I'll need to pull out the manual again because the user interface is not very intuitive. I don't like the way the machine forces you to step through patterns when playing, I don't like the way the start and stop pedal works, and bottom line, I'll be keeping my TR-505 a little longer and continuing my search for a replacement. I've tried the Alesis SR-16, and that's OK, but still not exactly what I need. I hate the thought of dedicating a laptop to solving the problem, but it may come to that. However, if you want to make bass and drum loops and create songs, this is probably a good value. The sounds are pretty good, but the functionality is just not a match for me.

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    4.0

    I love this machine

    By joey

    from brantford ont

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Everything Working Fine

    Cons

    • I Lost My Ac Adaptor Ande

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    need specs for AC adaptor

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    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A must have for me!

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    By thetyguy

    from mid michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • All Good
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • I Use All These Codes On
    • Using All These Codes On

    Cons

    • Dont Like Doin A Show Wo
    • Pedalcordac Should Be I
    • Shouldnt Be Sold Wo Ped

    Best Uses

    • All the above
    • As Important As My Mic Or
    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Working Venues Important

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    Its become part of me and my style format since the 550, to this, since 1999! Can ya grant me an endoursement? Pics and all!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    lets jam

    By Glenn

    from Rochester New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    great for practice and as a teaching tool.

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    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product,Easy to use

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    By terrygh

    from Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Drums for a single or duo
    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    I purchased this for a drum backing for the duo act that I am doing and, so far it is giving me everything that I was looking for. Plenty of sounds and, choices for programs. I haven't found a song yet that I can't use it on. I would definately suggest using the double pedal for starting and ending the programs and providing fills, even though if you keep it at arms reach it's fairly easy use the buttons manually,if you're playing a guitar footswitches are always easier. I have also added another switch between the unit and my amp to stop the sound or add a drum break at any time. It's really a Great little unit with a lot of features for a decent price. I found a tilt stand that will clamp to any mic stand to hold this unit and, it just made the whole thing come together perfectly. Stagg MUS-ARM 1 is the stand. The cables will go through the holes in the stand even making it more secure and stable. I would reccommend this unit for anyone looking for a drum machine and not wanting to spend a lot of money and, also for ease of operation.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Metronome on Steroids!

    By Bodhi

    from Raleigh, NC

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    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    I'd recommend it for practice. I don't know if it really provides sounds of the caliber to use it for live performances or serious recording. Get a decent sequencer and sampler for that.This thing actually has quite a few features I will probably never use due to the complexity of the interface. I did try programming it once and got very frustrated after getting just a few bars programmed. If you're really into that, you should have a PC sequencer. For what I want - something to practice chops without always doing it solo - this thing is fantastic. I think of it as a super metronome. Add the dual footswitch and you'll really have a blast and a great practice.I've had mine about two years and tossed it into bags anddropped it on the floor a few times and it is built like a tank! I never had a problem with itI guess it's a decent value considering a high-quality metronome costs almost half the price of thing.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not User-Friendly

    By B. Holtz

    from Honolulu, HI

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    The DR-3 does everything you would expect from a unit that costs less than $200. The sound is pretty standard, and I am satisfied with its capabilities overall. Its major flaw is its complicated interface. Given that much can be accomplished with this thing, the user must navigate through many lengthy menus even to use it at a basic level, which is confusing because each menu item is displayed individually on a small screen. Moving through these non-linear menus with a linear interface is extremely complicated, and the manual is only somewhat helpful. There is an instructional video available for it, but of course it's $30-40. I figured the thing out myself, but it took a long time and was very frustrating. If you are willing to spend many hours figuring it out by yourself in addition to reading the manual thoroughly, the unit does everything a hobbyist will need.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss DR-3 Drum Machine

    By stratosaurus

    from N Dallas TX

    Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

    Not a bad unit for practice. I have had a lot of fun jamming with it. So much better for your playing than standing their by yourself. Fun to have a fake band to play around, in and out of the pocket, helps your technique and development as a player. You can adjust the key of the bass or remove it which is cool. I cannot for the life of me program a drum machine so I use the canned "song" patterns. Some cool ones in there, but I am getting tired of them. I find I can change the tempo and use the kit and option buttons to vary the patterns but I need new patterns. If you can program useable drum tracks you are a better man than me.

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