BOSS DR-202 Dr. Groove

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The DR-202 from BOSS is a compact programmable rhythm/drum machine from the Groove Zone. It features 256 drum and bass sounds (207 drum, 49 bass) arranged into 128 kits exclusively developed for groove music production--from hip-hop to jungle, drum 'n' bass, trip hop, house, Latin and more. Classic TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303 sounds, vinyl sounds, Lo-Fi drum samples, various synth basses, sound effects and more can be found inside. Its authentic groove music patterns can be used "as is" or broken down into User patterns. It's compact, easy to use and can run on batteries or AC power.

Included are 400 authentic groove patterns organized into categories like "Old School," "Slow Tempo," "Medium Tempo," "New Jack," "Trip Hop," "Jazzy," "Abstract," "East Coast," and "West Coast"--each with many variations. There are on-board realtime control knobs for adjusting cutoff, resonance and decay parameters (for instant tweaking of individual instrument sounds); reverb and delay effects; Tap Tempo control for realtime BPM adjustment and 13 pads for triggering sounds from any of its 128 kits. The way the pads are laid out gives you 2 kicks, 2 snares, 2 hi hats (one open, one closed), a ride, a crash, 2 percussion, and 3 hit pads. Each pad also has a separate send to the effects which is nice but the effects can also be applied to all the drums at once.

A 3-track sequencer (which offers a 13-part drum track and a dedicated bass track) lets you build a rhythm from scratch in either step or live edit modes. Up to 20 complete songs can be stored in the DR-202's internal memory. There's even an external source track for triggering external MIDI gear like samplers and other instruments. It doesn't have a backlit display so it may be hard to read on stage.

Aimed straight at dance music producers and DJs, the DR-202 is a cheap but awesome little tool for sketching drum & bass patterns, accompanying DJ sets or building up your music tracks. This is one drum machine not designed for guitarists or drummers to play along with - it's a full fledged Groove Machine for the budget conscious bedroom producer or DJ on the go!

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31 Visitor comments
Haroon
May 31, 2011 @ 2:09 am
I have nothing bad to say about this little guy. The hissing -- I guess I just adapted to it. When you have it in the mix with a bunch of other machines it's not really noticeable.

I really use it for the synth to make basslines in conjunction with my other samplers. I don't have room for a full blown keyboard and it does exactly what I need. Have made some fun stuff with this.
Raelonda Kelly
November 29, 2010 @ 1:55 pm
Looking to purchase dr202 drgroove beat machine
Peter
November 20, 2010 @ 1:56 am
ditto what lots of people said - if you like simple, cheap, to the point machines it's awesome, just the right balance of features. you can change what you want to get what you want, but there aren't a ton of other options to distract you. has some cool features that aren't obvious - 2 midi sequencing parts (including the bass) and automation recording for it's internal sounds. I don't the pads too much, they just feel like buttons, but they are sensitive to note on/off time which is cool for gating the bass part. a couple things are a little counterintuitive (like recording portamento) but basically it's very functional and pleasant to use.
Cal
October 29, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
Absolute cracker of a machine! Picked one up on Ebay for £50 and couldn't believe it when I got it....absolutely perfect nick, boxed, manuals and all. The sounds are fabulous, the real-time tweaking, the on-board effects and bass sounds make this little baby very heavily used in my setup....grab one....seriously! Cal.
Trystan
September 13, 2010 @ 8:22 am
I really like it; it has some great sounds in it and many classic kits from old machines like the TR-808 which sound great. My only issue is that sometimes it freezes up when sending parameters such as reverb from a sequencer.
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demos of various beats and grooves. From Future Music CD issue 78.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 voices
  • Oscillators - 256 Drum and Bass samples
  • Sampler - None
  • Sequencer - 3-track sequencer: rhythm track, bass track, external source track for sampler or other MIDI device. 14,000 of note storage
  • Effects - Reverb (8 types)/ Delay (2 types), Flanger (4 types)
  • Memory - 128 Preset drum kits, 400 Preset patterns, 64 User drum kits, 100 User patterns, 20 Songs
  • Keyboard - 13 drum and bass pads
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT
  • Date Produced - 2000 - 2002
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Roland (Japan)

    Reviewed August 2008.

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