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BOSS DR-3 - Dr Rhythm

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A Fast and Easy Solution for Professional-Sounding Drums.
With the DR-3 Dr. Rhythm, guitarists and songwriters can add incredible-sounding drums to their music. This ultra-affordable drum machine includes some of BOSS' best acoustic and electronic drum kits and a selection of bass sounds. Great for jamming, the DR-3's Rhythm Progressions and multiple variations make it easy to create a realistic-sounding drum track for any style of music. And with Total Sound Control, you can tweak your kits to perfection.

- BOSS' most affordable drum machine for jamming or practice
- Realistic drum, percussion and bass sounds with velocity-sensitive pads
- New Rhythm Progressions with 3 variations each for Intro, Verse, Fill and Ending
- New TSC with Sound Shape function and Ambience for professional drum sounds
- 100 Preset Styles and 100 User styles programmable via realtime or step recording
- Footswitch input for easy live control; runs on AC or battery power

New Rhythm Progressions for All-Out Jams
If you want to spend less time programming and more time jamming, you'll love the DR-3's Rhythm Progressions. Simply choose from 100 Preset styles and use the eight panel buttons to switch between different sections of your song. Up to three variations can be selected for each Intro, Verse, Fill and Ending, so your drum tracks won't get monotonous.
Easy Sound Shaping and Footswitch Control
BOSS' new TSC (Total Sound Control) lets you change the overall sound of a drum kit with specialized effects. Use the Sound Shape function to adjust the 3-band compression and 3-band parametric EQ, or add some spaciousness with the Ambience effect. An optional footswitch can be used to control anything from Intro/Start and Ending/Stop to Verse change, Variation On/Off, Loop On/Off and more. Battery power lets you take the DR-3 just about anywhere.

StylesUser Style: 100, Preset Style: 100 • 11 patterns for a style
SongsUser: 100, Song Length: Max. 250 patterns for a song
TSC (Total Sound Control) Preset Patch: 8, User Patch: 8 Preset Patch: 8, User Patch: 8
Max. Polyphony12 voices
InstrumentDrum and perc: 120, Bass: 12
Resolution96 per quater note
Tempo20 to 260 bpm
Recording MethodRealtime/Step
Pads13 (Velocity-sensitive)
DisplayBacklit LCD (16 characters x 2 lines)
ConnectorsOutput Jack: L, R (RCA Phono type), L(PHONES), R(MONO) (1/4-inch phone type), Foot Switch Jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type), MIDI IN Connector, DC IN (AC Adaptor Jack)
Power SupplyDC9V: Dry Battery (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA-series)
Power Consumption200 mA
• Expected battery life under continuous use: approx. 5 hours (This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
AccessoriesDry Battery (Alkaline LR6 (AA) type) x 6, Owner's Manual, Roland Service (Information Sheet)
OptionsAC Adaptor: PSA Series, Foot Switch: FS-5U, Foot Switch Cable: Roland PCS-31

Size and Weight
Width213 mm8-7/16 inches
Depth185 mm7-5/16 inches
Height53 mm2-1/8 inches
Weight710 g1 lbs. 10 oz.

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Closest StoreHalifax, Nova Scotia
I have TWO of these - one for a backup - that I use in my Irish/Party duo. I have yet to find a drum machine with better and more diverse grooves, better sound, or better "on the fly" capability. For live performances I simply select the pattern, dial up the tempo and hit 'start'. The foot switch input can be used for different functions. I have it set up to trigger rolls with one pedal and to switch to a modified beat with the other. I've programmed only one beat, a 3/4 time beat, otherwise the unit has tons of usable, quality grooves and not one hint of "machine" sound. All of the drums have A1 REAL tone and punch. NO, I am not affiliated with Roland or any retailer. I've been gigging for over 30 years and this is the best and most READY OUT OF THE BOX, drum unit I've ever owned. Though I have the spare, my original unit has never failed me in 3 years, and I bought it used.
Posted by Scott McKone on May 29, 2012
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