DR-770 Dr. Rhythm
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The DR-770 is a direct descendent of the longstanding and popular Boss' DR "Dr. Rhythm" line of drum machines that dates back to the minuscule DR-55.
The successor to the DR-660, the 770 improves on several aspects, including number and quality of samples, memory, and most of all, it features DPP, useful and lots of fun, especially in a live, jam or rehearsal situation.
The sample ROM is very generous, with many sounds to choose from, including vintage, jazz, hard, electronic, and ethnic samples - most people are not going to miss the expansion capability of other drum machines, such as - say - Roland (of which Boss is part of) 's classic R-8.
The 770 is an extremely compact instrument, with the buttons spaced pretty tight next to each other. Two alpha dials serve duty for volume and value changes. The inclusion of ambience and modulation effects is a big plus, especially for genres like reggae (the kits have great echo/delay effects on the right instruments) and electronica that can always benefit from them - as opposed to more classic styles like rock, that pretty much are okay with just a pinch of reverb.
In all, this blue wonder is a great tool for composing, and
certainly great-sounding, and thanks to its large sample ROM, can be used in any
recording or live situation that requires being able to provide percussion in
several different styles.
Here is the DR-770 on-board factory song:
and following are examples of the preset patterns:
Stream all audio demos below:
|Patterns with audio sample||My comments|
|Hard Rock patterns||Note the excellent quality of the bass drums and snares.|
|Rock patterns||The 770's fine ppq resolution allows "impossibly fast" rolls - excellent.|
|Ballad, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Country patterns||Besides great, powerful and grungy sounds, the 770 features also excellent clean drum samples.|
|Funk, Blues, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Brush, Big Band, Jazz Waltz, 5-4 Jazz patterns||Sounds very realistic to me! You can send the drummer home, now ;-)|
|Hip Hop patterns||Excellent for urban rhythms as well.|
|Drum 'n' Bass patterns||Great starting points for further adventures in "tweaking"..|
|Techno, House, Boom, Disco patterns||Outstanding sounds and programming... well, everybody knows that Roland (Boss) is the mother of Techno, with its now-standard TR-808 and TR-909 classic drum machines.|
|Bossanova, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Latin Pop, Reggae, Songo, Polka, India, Afro patterns||Let's head for a trip around the world!|
|8-Beat, 16-Beat, Shuffle, 6-8 Feel patterns||Good rock sounds|
|Fuse, Groove in 6, Smooth Jazz, Heavy Funk, Tech Fusion patterns||More jazzy|
Boss DR-770 Drum Samples (44.1MHz, stereo, .wav files)
|Features at a glance|
|Year of release:||200_|
|Display:||yes, LCD non backlit|
|Preset Patterns:||400 Preset + 400 User|
|Pads respond to velocity:||yes|
|Pads respond to aftertouch|
|Sound generation method:||PCM|
|Sound expansion capabilities:||no|
|Outputs:||One pair stereo out, one individual, phones|
|Controls:||2 jog-wheels; buttons; drum pads|
|Pedal controls:||Pedal switch|
Available at www.roland.com
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