Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880 Rhythm Machine
The Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880 drum machine has been the machine of choice lately for many bands on the road, when a drummer isn't available. The sounds themselves are a little dated, but remain a draw for the product. Also, users have praised it for the sheer number of drum and percussion sounds and the decent built-in effects. Borrowing sounds from Roland's decent SRX library, the DR-880 sounds just fine. A key selling point is that Boss has included 3 EZ Compose buttons to create original patterns without having to go through the painstaking process of note-by-note programming, which is slightly cumbersome on this drum machine. Sometimes the result is not ideal, but the randomness of rhythm provided often sparks creativity in the user and leads to interesting and effective percussion parts. The DR-880 also has a Groove Modify feature that allows discrimination between groove and triplet feels. A guitar/bass input jack is also provided, and those instruments can benefit from the built-in COSM Drive/amp models and multi-effects.