Boss DR-880 Drum Machine (Discontinued)
While they are more popularly known for their guitar effects pedals, Boss also has a number of drum machines in their production line. One of the highest rated ones that they offer is the DR-880 DR. Rhythm, which combines traditional drum machine features with modern sequencing.
What's interesting about this drum machine is its easy to use interface, the velocity sensitive pads are prominently placed and well spaced for convenient manual drumming, or you can simply trigger any of the 1000 patterns that are pre-loaded into the unit.
With over 440 drums and percussion sounds, and 40 bass sounds with modeled bass amps, the DR-880 gives you a lot pieces to use for building your rhythm.
The layout of the pads for using bass are setup to mimic the fretboard of a bass guitar, which makes playing bass through the DR-880 very guitarist-friendly.
- 440 drums and percussion sounds
- 40 bass sounds with COSM amp models
- Guitar/bass input, COSM multi-effects and amp models
- EZ compose feature
- 3 Insert Effects
- 1000 patterns, 500 user and 500 preset
- 20 velocity sensitive pads
- 4 assignable expression and footswitch pedal inputs.
- USB port
- Digital out and Independent output ports.
The overall sentiment that users have with the Boss DR-880 is that it has Incredible sound quality, to the point that some users had to polish the sound of their other instruments more, just to match the sound of the drum machine in recordings. Other positive points raised is its durability and reliability, as well as the responsiveness of the controls in live situations.
The most common concern that users raise about the DR-880 is its lack of memory, a number of users who were creating patterns found themselves wanting more memory to store their songs and patterns. A few users mentioned that the price is a bit steep for what it does, but these are countered by the majority of customer reviewers who found the build and sound quality to be more than worthy of the price.
If you are a guitarist, and you are looking for a drum machine for recording and practice, the Boss DR-880 is highly recommended. Unfortunately it's difficult to find in stores these days so you might like to look at what we recommend in our guide to The Best Drum Machines.