Boss DR-880Item ID: DR880
Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine with 440 Drum/Percussion Sounds, Velocity Sensitive Pads and Effects
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This Rhythm Powerhouse Is a Guitar Player's Dream Station!The BOSS DR-880 Dr. Rhythm is a rhythm-programming powerhouse that's loaded with world-class drum, percussion, and bass sounds from BOSS's famous SRX library. It also includes a stunning collection of original waveforms. You can get microscopic with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Patterns can be taken deeper with the Groove Modify feature, where various groove and triplet feels can be applied. Ghost notes and fills can also be added automatically. Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly to the DR-880's guitar/bass input jack and playing through the built-in COSM drive/amp models and multi-effects.
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BOSS DR-880 Dr. Rhythm at a Glance:
A remarkable new collection of top-quality, custom sounds was created for the DR-880. But we didn't stop there; some of the most famous sounds from our renowned SRX library were added to the DR-880's sound-set, as well as electric and synth bass sounds. From rich, sparkling studio drums and deep-dish electronic kits to standard and exotic percussion instruments, a world of rhythm and groove is at your fingertips. Plus, on the DR-880 you can customize your sounds with powerful tools such as independent compressors and EQs for the kick and snare.
Direct guitar/bass input
Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly into the DR-880's guitar/bass input jack. Guitarists can play through the built-in COSM drive/amp models, and multi-effects such as chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and reverb. For acoustic guitar, the DR-880 offers an acoustic processor, chorus, and reverb. For bass players, the compressor/limiter, chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and COSM bass amp models will help you cook up extra-tasty bass lines.
You can get microscopic with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons on the front panel, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Using the Pattern mode, you can select and combine pre-programmed phrase combinations to create new patterns. Press the Chord Progression button to select chord-progression templates. With the Fill-in button, you can select phrases from the Fill-in library and insert them into the pattern. The DR-880 library contains a variety of phrases, ranging from simple fills to bombastic breaks.
Connectivity for all
Play through headphones or route your signal from the DR-880 directly to your choice of recording input or amplification, including outboard guitar amps. Quick output adjustments can be made in the Output Select mode to facilitate proper connection to the outside world. Two individual outs allow independent output of backing tracks and guitars or independent output of kick and snare. The DR-880 has two stereo footswitch/controller inputs; a maximum of four footswitches can be connected using stereo 1/4" cables (sold separately). One of the footswitch/controller jacks supports expression pedal input, so you can connect an EV-5 (sold separately) to control guitar volume, or play wah effects. The DR-880 also has a S/PDIF digital out, a USB port for MIDI interfacing, and SMF Data import.
Take your grooves even deeper with the DR-880's Groove Modify feature, which applies various groove and triplet feels to your patterns. Simply select the templates that are included and inject realistic feels to static patterns. Ghost notes can also be added automatically by selecting the ghost-note phrases that are preset in the DR-880.
BOSS DR-880 Features:
With the BOSS DR-880, the rhythm doctor is in!
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Reviewsbased on 17 reviews
Boss Dr.Rhythm DR-880
by Franz Streicher fromI've been using Boss drum machines since the '80s. The very first Dr.Rhythm DR110, then the TR505,TR626,R8 and I always liked them. I was recording on analog tape recorders back then...After a a 20 ye... read more [+]ars break, I'm back to recording and this new machine feels familiar but is FAR superior in every aspect to anything I ever used. The drum sounds are outstanding, the velocity pads more sensitive and the built-in guitar and bass sound processors are an amazing addition. The best sign that it is in its own league is the fact that it's been around for years unchanged. It has the perfect balance between form and function. It will take a while before I learn to exploit its full potential but I am convinced that it will be worth the effort. Finally, I want to take the opportunity to thank my excellent Sweetwater rep Mike Baldonado for recommending this great product. close [-]
April 22, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
DR-880 What a machine
by Tony R Heath from olympia, Wa USAThe Boss DR-880 has feature,s that other drum units don't have like Groove modify it offers more of a realness to the pattern also the programable ghost note is really cool. Thank you Sweetwater for m... read more [+]aking it possible for me to have purchase this great machine at such a low price and delivered to my door in A+ shape. T.R.H close [-]
December 11, 2012
Music Background: Pro/Hobbyist
Exceeded my expectations!
by Sherwood Harrison from New Bern, NCThe Boss DR-880 is a fantastic addition to our studio.
June 9, 2012
Music Background: Recording Studio owner and musician
I am very satisfied with the product, and the excellent service provided by Michael Eads at Sweetwater.
by Phyllis Lynch from Indianapolis, INIt is very User Friendly. The sounds are extremely genuine and with the additional Bass, a perfect One-Man Band ! The velocity sensitive pads are easy to control and to get used to.
May 17, 2012
Music Background: Professional Gigging Musician (my real job)
by: Jacob Perkins
The Boss DR-880 rhythm programmer is an invaluable tool for songwriters. It allows you to easily... read more »
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