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Gear One Electronic DJ Machine
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This ultra-affordable, generous tool set offers the first-time DJ 36 rhythm patterns, assignable voice bank with 22 patterns, 5 programmable percussi...Click To Read More About This Product
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All the tools budding DJs needs to get rapping!
This ultra-affordable, generous tool set offers the first-time DJ 36 rhythm patterns, assignable voice bank with 22 patterns, 5 programmable percussion pads, adjustable tempo, belt clip, and headset microphone. Uses 5 AA batteries (not included). For ages 5 and up.
- 36 rhythms patterns
- Assignable voicebank with 22 patterns
- 5 programmable percussion pads
- Headset microphone
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I produced an entire cd with this thing its awesome highly recommended, totally professional.
The Rock n Rap Electronic DJ Machine is one of the most fun, but worst-named, wost-positioned musical toys (marketing-wise) out there on the market. It is a simple rhythm and beat machine with a headset mic. It allows kids to pick one of 36 sound bank musical rhythms to play in the background; Assign seven of 24 assignable sound bank percussion/voice sounds to seven different "triggers" on the unit, and then play them at will while the background plays (one at a time -- not polyphonic); and speak or sing into the mic while the music/rhythm and "triggered" sounds play on. All sound is mixed together and played through a small single on-board speaker. Tempo and volume are individually variable. Tempo varies from fast-fast-fast to slow-slow-slow in about 20 incremental steps, and volume is variable from "shut off" to loud enough to drive Mom nuts if she is in the room with you. The unit reverts to default "trigger" settings with every powerdown (no DRAM chip here!). This is probably best for kids as it gives them an easy way to get back to "home" and start over, but the constant memory loss is a little irritating as you get more experienced and you really want to keep your new favorite assigned sounds to the triggers rather than the factory defaults. Why they call this thing "Rock n Rap" is beyond me, because only 4 or 5 of the 36 rhythms have anything to do with either of these musical styles -- and a couple of those marginal at best. The 36 rhythm/melody sounds are rather traditional, ranging from funk soul fusion of the 70s to rock n roll and a lot of latin stuff from the 1950s-1960s, to even a few waltzes. There are a couple of techno and rap loops, but the rap song loop is pretty weak. These are more like an afterthought add-on, to "update" an otherwise classic musical rhythm bank to include a couple of 1990s sounds. yeah, this unit has a little rock and a little rap, but musically, "Rock n Rap" is definitely a misnomer!Nevertheless, what you DO get is a simplified, club DJ sort of set-up kids can play with, have a lot of FUN with! It is one of those "educational" toys where kids will learn about music and rhythm and patterns without really thinking about it -- it gives kids a non-structured chance to experiment almost endlessly with musical rhythms, percussion/voice sounds, and singing or speaking themselves along with the music. Once you get over learning all the basic settings and what this thing can and cannot do, kids can really start to ham it up and get as goofy as they want with music, sounds, and lyrics.We have just one of these for one kid. But I can see where four of these with four kids in the same room and then going at it would be an absolute RIOT! Chaos, perhaps, more like a Musical Melee rather than a concert, but still an absolute ball! I'd recommend that you get this for your kid, suitable for kids anywhere from 5 up through early teens -- heck, even I enjoy messing with the thing! I was really expecting something else from reading the box it comes in -- I was expecting a WHOLE lot more rock and rap loops -- but then I actually came to appreciate the wider variety of musical rhythm styles available. Kids seem to use them all, old and newer styles alike.