Zoom RhythmTrak RT-223 Drum Machine
The ZOOM RT-223 is a good basic drum machine with 500 sounds, 70 built-in drum kits, 13 pads, and 440 rhythmic patterns. The layout of the pads is a little unorthodox, favoring a two-row approach, as opposed to the traditional square pads in a squarish pattern. The pads themselves are a little small and closely spaced, but even those with big hands should be able to operate it without too much trouble. The sounds are actually good, yet don't compare so favorably up against some competitors on this list. Groove Play Mode, which allows for DJ-style pattern triggering, is a welcome addition, so for the price the RT-223 does present a good value.