17 Jul 2010
BOSS DR55 Dr.Rhythm...classic....for sale!
DruMachineBoy's official favourite EVER drum machine...a simple little thing!...with great usuable groovy sounds!...if you're an electronic musician...the sounds are just incredible....sadly over the last few years these machine's have been selling for crazy high prices and seemingly still are!...so if you're cool paying a couple of hundred for this amazing little machine, theres a few currently on ebay!....sweeeeet!
Hi I am selling the classic Boss DR-55 drum machine. This drum machine does work but does not have the original manual or box. It is in pretty good condition with only a few surface blemishes from the age of this machine.
The DR-55 Dr. Rhythm was released in 1980 and was one of the first step-write-style drum machines, and it was the first rhythm machine in BOSS' successful Dr. Rhythm Series. It was small, inexpensive and easy to use - perfect for musicians at any level. Incredibly basic controls and sounds made this drum machine an instant hit among guitarists and other musicians looking for drum accompaniment to practice along with and even record into their home recordings.
The DR-55 could store up to six 16-step drum patterns plus an additional two 12-step patterns. The 12-step patterns allowed for 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms. A variation switch allowed you to, on-the-fly, alter the pattern playing. There were only four sounds in the DR-55 which included Snare Drum, Kick Drum, Rim Shot and Hi-Hat. The sounds are comparable to Roland's CR-series of rhythm machines as well as some of Roland's cheaper TR-machines (like the TR-505, TR-606). You can globally adjust the Volume, Tempo, Tone and Accent for the drum sounds.
Step-Mode programming was accomplished in a fairly basic manner: Switch the DR-55 into Write Mode and select a sound from the Sound switch, and use the Start button to place the sound and the Stop button to step through the 16 (or 12) beat pattern. Only Kick, Snare, Rim Shot and Accent could be placed in a pattern in step mode--the Hi-Hats could only be programmed as either Off, 8ths, 12ths or 16ths via the Hi-Hat switch. Primitive programming for sure, but very simple and effective.
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