Boss DR-880 Drum Machine

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.

BOSS DR-880 Dr. Rhythm at a Glance:

  • World-class sounds

  • Direct guitar/bass input
  • EZ Compose
  • Connectivity for all
  • Groove modify

World-class sounds
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.

EZ Compose
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.

Groove modify
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:

  • Innovative EZ Compose feature for quick, hassle-free programming

  • 440 world-class drum and percussion sounds, 40 bass sounds with COSM bass-amp models
  • Guitar/bass input, multi-effects, COSM amp models
  • 3 independent insert effects (EQ and compression), TSC (Total Sound Control) featuring 3-band EQ and high-quality ambience
  • 1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user); easily add fills, ghost notes, chord progressions, and more
  • 20 velocity-sensitive pads
  • 4 assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs
  • Individual outputs, digital out, USB port
With the BOSS DR-880, the rhythm doctor is in!

Additional Media

Read the Boss DR-880 Owner's Manual

Tech Specs

Sounds 440 drums, 40 bass
Patterns 1,000
Pads 20, velocity sensitive
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 2 x 1/4" (Footswitch/Controller)
Outputs 4 x 1/4", 2 x RCA, 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
MIDI I/O In/Out
USB 1 x Type B
Power AC adapter, included
Height 2.8"
Depth 9.6"
Width 10.8"
Weight 3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DR-880

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Great piece of equipment

I tried the Virtual route and it was definitely not for me. The Boss DR-880 is an incredible drum machine that will produce totally realistic drum tracks ( and Bass ) with an infinite amount of variation in sound - feel -groove - etc. To all you DAW heads out there - This will produce equal if not better tracks in much less time . Just need to explore all the options available in this unit. I bought a tutorial DVD specific to the DR-880 that is terrific for learning this machine. I have already gotten questions from other musicians asking who the drummer is on my recordings (using Tascam DP24). If you are a musician, but not a computer geek, this is what you need period.
Music background: Proffessional guitarist for many moons
5/5

Exceeded my expectations!

The Boss DR-880 is a fantastic addition to our studio. I am very satisfied with the product, and the excellent service provided by Michael Eads at Sweetwater.
Music background: Recording Studio owner and musician
5/5

fantastic value

Bought the Dr-880 back in 2001 and now have owned it for almost 9 years. I wanted to share my experience briefly that the Dr-880 has been truly an inspiration. I've learned alot about writing bass and drums while paying attention to dynamics, flow, rhythm, feel...all those hard to teach methods. I'm a guitar player who relies on bass and drums to help push me rhythmicly in ways I can't teach myself alone, although I have my own natural rhythm style. Excellent samples with a deep pallete of ideas to work with, make the Dr-880 a success in my opinion.
Music background: semi pro artist
5/5

Boss Dr-880

I'm new to drum machines, but I've had a blast with the DR-880. I'm not the best at programing so I purchased the Roland DVD manual for the Dr-880 which for me is a god sent. So with the DVD along with the paper manual, I've been able to get my head around what this thing can really do. I'm now able to dig right into all this machine can do and I've had really great results. Once you get past the learning curve, this machine will give you everything that you might need for fantastic recordings or musical accompaniments. Thanks to Matt and Sweetwater for continued great service and tech help! Great buy and purchasing experience!!
Music background: Guitarist/new to recording
5/5

Excellent Drum Machine DR-880

This drum machine in my opinion was made for guitar players and bass players that either just want to hone their guitar playing chops or for those that like to be creative and enjoy writing songs. The DR-880 is so easy to work with. That's the beauty of this unit, you can just take it home and start jamming! I love to hook it up through my PA system and jam for hours. Who has time to read manuals? Yea there is a small learning curve to most electronics but this baby is great for live gigs, recording and so much more. You will be blown away with the sound effects for the drums and the effects for the guitar. Absolutely Killer!!!! Buy one today.
Music background: Recording Engineer/ Pro Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

There is a good chance that you are on this page because your old drum machine just does not cut it anymore. So, who is the customer for the DR-880 and why do you need it? In my experience this drum machine is for the customer who needs better sounding drum samples, and the ability to control pattern changes and BPMs live. There are a lot of one-man bands out there or groups with accordians, banjos, guitars, or keyboards that need drums for their performances and are not sure which drum machine to choose. I'm here to tell you that this is the box you need. It comes with country, bluegrass, classic rock, pop, jazz, and even speed metal patterns built in to get you started. I have been getting a lot of questions about changing patterns, starting and stopping songs, as well as tempo changes. If you need to do any of these funtions look at accessorizing the DR-880 with the FS-6, the EV-5, and the FC-300 pedals. All of the control you need is easily accessible with these accessories.
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