The Boss DR-880 is a rhythm-programming powerhouse and guitar effects processor loaded with world-class drum, percussion, and bass sounds from Roland's famous SRX library (finally!).
The DR-880 also includes a stunning collection of original waveforms, great effects (3 inserts) and studio-like ambient parameters. The large display, while impressive, is still standard fare until you see that the DR-880 offers the first new method of pattern creation in a long time. It’s a great step forward. Instead of starting from presets or from scratch, you actually layer the drum set instruments, choosing from different templates. For example, if you are looking for a 16th note feel on the high-hat, you start out with several variations of that groove first. Then you add other layers. You quickly can customize your pattern easily without note-by-note programming hassles. At last you do not need to be a programming guru to come up with original, realistic grooves.
Even more realistic programming comes fast with the Groove Modify feature, where various groove and triplet feels can be applied. Ghost notes, subtle accenting and fills can also be added automatically.
Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly to the DR-880’s Guitar/Bass Input jack, and playing through the built-in COSM Drive/Amp models and multi-effects. Don’t underestimate the sound quality here - it’s a GT6! Anyone who has bought one of the most popular Boss multi-fx ever (for $500) will appreciate how happening these amp models are. With the digital output, you can use the DR-880 as the front end for all your guitar sounds.
Enter your chord changes so the bass lines follow your songs and just play along.
You get 20 velocity sensitive pads, 400 sounds, 100 kits, 1000 patterns, four assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs, two individual outs and digital outputs (finally again!). USB connectivity allows you to archive your work readily to your computer.
Boss DR-880 Features
Boss DR-880 Details
- 440 world-class drum and percussion sounds, 40 bass sounds with COSM bass-amp models
- Three independent insert effects (EQ and compression), TSC (Total Sound Control) featuring 3-band EQ and high-quality ambience
- 1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user); easily add fills, ghost notes, chord progressions, and more
- 20 velocity-sensitive pads
- Guitar/bass input, plus multi-effects and COSM amp models
- 100 effect patches (50 Preset, 50 User) for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars
- Four assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs
- Digital and individual outputs; USB port for importing SMFs
A remarkable new collection of top-quality, custom sounds was created for the DR-880. But Boss didn’t stop there; some of the most famous sounds from their renowned Roland SRX library were added to the DR-880’s sound-set, as well as electric and synth bass sounds. From rich, sparkling studio drums and deep-dish electronic kits to standard and exotic percussion instruments, a world of rhythm and groove is at your fingertips.
Direct Guitar/Bass Input
Guitar and bass players can join the action by plugging directly into the DR-880’s Guitar/Bass Input jack. Guitarists can play through the built-in COSM Drive/Amp models, and multi-effects such as chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and reverb. For acoustic guitar, the DR-880 offers an Acoustic Processor, chorus, and reverb. For bass players, the compressor/limiter, chorus/flanger/phaser, delay, and COSM bass amp models will help you cook up extra-tasty bass lines.
You can get microscopic with the DR-880, but you also have the option of taking the simple route with its three EZ Compose buttons on the front panel, which allow original patterns to be constructed without note-by-note programming hassles. Using the Pattern mode, you can select and combine pre-programmed phrase combinations to create new patterns. Press the Chord Progression button to select chord-progression templates. With the Fill-In button, you can select phrases from the Fill-In library, and insert them into the pattern. The library contains a variety of phrases, ranging from simple fills to bombastic breaks.
Play through headphones or route your signal from the DR-880 directly to your choice of recording input or amplification, including outboard guitar amps. Quick output adjustments can be made in the Output Select mode to facilitate proper connection to the outside world. Two individual Outs allow independent output of backing tracks and guitars, or independent output of kick and snare. The DR-880 has two stereo footswitch/controller inputs; a maximum of four footswitches can be connected using stereo 1/4 inch cables (sold separately). One of the footswitch/controller jacks supports expression pedal input, so you can connect an EV-5 (sold separately) to control guitar volume, or play wah effects. The DR-880 also has a S/PDIF digital out and a USB port for MIDI interfacing and SMF Data import.
Take your grooves even deeper with the Groove Modify feature, which applies various groove and triplet feels to your patterns. Simply select the templates that are included, and inject realistic feels to static patterns. Ghost notes can also be added automatically by selecting the ghost-note phrases that are preset in the DR-880.