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Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3  

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Overview
  • 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
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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

      Order today and jam your whole rhythm section into your backpack!

       

      Dr. Rhythm DR-3 Specifications:

      • 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
       
      4.3

      (based on 42 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (28)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Functional (3)
      • Good quality (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (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.

        VS

        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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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must have for me!

        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!

        Comment on this review

        (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.

        Comment on this review

        (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product,Easy to use

        By TG Hoffman

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Metronome on Steroids!

        By Bodhi

        from Raleigh, NC

        Ask me a question

        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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        (6 of 7 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.

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 5 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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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Guitar , bass

        By Country My kind of Music

        from Eastern Virginia

        Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

        I HAVE HAD MY DR3 for four years and I can say for the bucks you can't beat it. I use it live in my one man gigs. Most songs I can use with out too much trouble. setting up the bass parts are somewhat of a problem. Once you get use to the programing it get easer. I use #3 #10 #19 #76 I pick my key for the bass and off we go. I Play classic country some old 50s stuff.In my case I will recommend the DR3. By the way when I'm on the bass, I just turn the bass part and off we go.I have two Yahama That I use for recording.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pretty good

        By Ken-OIatR

        from Augusta

        Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

        This device works well for jamming but obviously you would not want to use it for live performances. Just practice jams. It is 1000 time better that a metronome!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Useful

        By Jake-foQEo

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

        This machine has been invaluable to me, but then again I haven't lamented the purchase of any musical equiptment; it all comes in handy at some point in my opinion. Now, I haven't used this for a performance. What I have used it for is writing. I usually start with chords and then try to harmonize with bass next which i program into this machine. This gives me a visual picture of the bassline and allows me to place the beat and accents on and around it with the drums and percussion. Then I teach it to my boys. I might be using this live for some stuff that is beyond the abilities of my bassist and drummer, possibly any bassist or drummer. I'm not to worried about the sound. Just put this thing through a pre amp of some sort or even a mic'ed guitar amp and tweak the setting a bit and you can get some interesting non-stock sounds. And don't worry about shuffles and blue's timing. It does triplets with ease if you need a 123 123 instead of a 1234 on 4/4. Not to mention it does all the other singnatures and goes down to 32nds.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Private Drummer!

        By Dr.C

        from Washington,DC

        Comments about Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-3:

        This machine is OK! It's great for jammimg and for keeping time. You may program it for your own style. The styles that come with it are somewhat basic, however this machine is only for jamming. It will help you with your timing and also will help in constructing drum patterns for your own music. This is a great deal for the price! Buy it, play with it.....then find a real drummer!

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