Boss DR-550 MkII

Multi-Effects

Made by Boss

Description The DR-550mkII is a very cheap drum machine (around $200), and easy to use. Well over 90 sounds, many quite usable. Fully MIDI controllable, but has several drawbacks. Portable, light, cheap feeling; AC adaptor sold seperately.
Posted By Ryan Roupe (426)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 3.5 (of 5)
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On 5/28/2001, Bruce Maag (15581) posted:
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I tried the DR-5, and with the difference in price, the eBay find, and the functions I needed. This unit was just fine for my purposes.

I like the volume and tempo controls. The patches like I mentioned are fairly easy to program. The only drawback, is it does have a volatility problem, that is mentioned in the manual. But I have yet to lose a program, in the couple of weeks I've had it, so we will see!
Model Year: 1992
Price: $120.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
Volume Knob Start/Stop Stop/Continue Numeric Keys 1 thru 8 Tempo Button Level " Up/Down " Shift " Bank " Voice " Accent " Key Pads: 1 thru 12 It is both battery and AC powered, and I got the AC adapter with the deal. It is also stereo, or mono.
Sound Quality:
I use a Les Paul and Peavey Wolfgang with it. The sound is just fine for it's use. In fact why buy a more expensive model, unless recording is an issue!
Ease of Use:
It is programmable with 64 preset patterns, and 64 programmable patterns. As with most drum machines, it takes some time to program in a song. There is just no way around it, using any drum machine This unit does require maybe a few more buttons to push but not too many to make it much more time consumming.
Durability:
As with the less expensive Boss units, it is made from composite plastics, but this thing will never leave the house, and I have seen it fall 5 feet, and it keeps on ticking. So it is made well.
On 2/12/2000, Ryan Roupe (426) posted:
Overall Rating:
Not quite the best machine on the market but well worth the price. Good for a practicing musician.
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Moore's Music Emporium
Features:
Lack of a decent saving feature; could use a bit more sounds
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