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So its with the rest of crap. In cupboard. What ever happened to simplicity. ??? We may receive commission if your application for credit is successful. All Rights Reserved. User Agreement, Privacy, Cookies and AdChoice Norton Secured - powered by Verisign. The DR-550 MkII is the upgraded version of the venerable, original DR-550. Boss DR-550 Mk II manual. Available at Omni on is enabled in the DR550 so it should be reading the midi channel data. The DR550 Mk 2 has some 909 sounds in it. Not the standard 550.Drum Machines. View and Download Boss DR-550MKII owner's manual online. DR-550MKII Drums pdf manual download. 4 Oct 2014 The Boss DR-550 was one of many steps along the road of decades (the manual is dated November 1989), and the Mk.II, which appeared in 1992. The Mk.II version of the DR-550 was little different from the original. 24 Jul 2012 Isuzu pickup service manual, Food bank monthly report form, Selima sample sale, Word document file open password, Level of care form. Reload to refresh your session. Reload to refresh your session. Site functionality is therefore limited. Please enable Javascript for full functionality. Simon Trask asks if you can beat it. The DR550 combines quality samples and programming sophistication into its compact frame, yet is easy to use and attractively priced. The ideal budget drum machine. ROLAND'S BOSS DIVISION have a fine tradition of producing dinky little drum machines. From the DR55 through the DR110 to the DR220A and DR220E, the emphasis has been on compact, lightweight machines which avoid burning a hole in your pocket - if anything, they're more likely to fit in it. It also preserves the Dr Rhythm tradition of being kind to your wallet by weighing in, so to speak, at a healthy ?199. However, proving that beauty is more than skin deep and size isn't everything, the most attractive aspect of the DR550 is that it earns its extra nought by packing a fair amount of sophistication into its compact frame.

Most importantly, the new DR's drum and percussion samples match those of Roland's R5, R8 and R8M in quality - in fact, a number of them have their origins in the R-series' library. At the same time, Boss have kept the 550's complement of sounds to a very creditable 48 (the R machines have 64 each), which is a good deal more than have appeared on previous Boss drum machines (for instance, the DR55 had four sounds and the DR110 six). However, before your ardour gets too aroused, I should point out that, unlike the R8 and R8M (but like the R5), the 550 can't play further sounds via plug-in PCM sample cards. Quite sensibly, Boss have opted for a solid collection of standard kit sounds leavened by a workable if not extensive selection of Latin percussion instruments. The 550 is 12-voice polyphonic, which means that up to 12 instruments can sound at the same time. The 550 brings the DR range into the MIDI age belatedly if not wholeheartedly: equipped only with a MIDI In, it can be slaved to a MIDI sequencer and have its sounds played from a MIDI keyboard or percussion controller, but obviously you can't transfer pattern and song data via MIDI SysEx for remote storage. Time to dust down the trusty Elftone Compucorder and press it into service once again. Once you've selected Tape mode, Save, Verify and Load functions can be activated by pressing the Start button; the Tempo LED flashes for the duration of the operation, and Verify and Load operations are concluded with a message telling you whether or not they've been successful - which in practice they were every time I used them. Each operation takes a little under 90 seconds, which is bearable, I suppose. The latest DR can be powered from an optional Boss PSA Series power supply unit or from six AA-type batteries; the latter give a quoted lifespan, under continuous use, of nine hours for manganese batteries and 23 hours for the alkaline type (the type you'd typically use in a Walkman).

These batteries also preserve the contents of the 550's memory when the drum machine is switched off, so you need to beware running them down. Also, to avoid losing your patterns and songs while changing batteries you need to maintain power to the 550 via a psu. SOUNDS THE DR550's 48 samples are organised into eight categories: kick, snare, side stick, tom, hi-hat, cymbal, percussion, effect. There are five bass drums - room, dry, solid, face and techno - which between them provide a good range of acoustic and electronic kick sounds. The six snares are similarly varied in character, from the massive reverb snare through the ringing, rattling rimshot to the snappy TR808 snare. The toms category provides low, mid and high room toms along with the more resonant low, mid and high attack toms, and low and high electronic toms. TR808 samples crop up again in the hi-hats, which include the 808's electronic-sounding open and closed hi-hats along with open, closed and pedal closed hi-hats of acoustic origin. More splashy sounds are provided by crash cymbal, ride cymbal and ride cymbal bell samples which, like the R-series samples, capture the character of the sounds well, avoiding dissolving into undifferentiated high-frequency hiss (in fact, I think these are R-series samples). Here the fact that sample memory is at a premium on the 550 is most obvious, with these longer samples ending before you expect them to. Of the three effects, High Q is a highly concussive electronic click, the sort of sound much used by Kraftwerk, which sounds like it's been sampled from an old analogue synth with a very sharp filter attack. Scratch Low and Scratch High appear to be sampled record scratches (as in DJ scratching rather than knackered records), but they're better used as abstract rather than imitative sounds.

It's worth emphasising at this point that, while the DR550's sound quality might be on a par with that of the Roland R-series drum machines, it loses out in sonic versatility compared to those machines through not allowing you to pitch-shift its samples up and down. Anyone who remembers (and who perhaps still has the pleasure of looking at) the multi-coloured front panels of old Roland instruments like the JP8, Juno 106 and TR808 will know that in the past Roland could hardly be accused of producing dour-looking instruments. Yet what do we get nowadays. Endless variations on sombre charcoal grey. What's wrong with a splash of colour, eh. The DR550 is a case in point. To be more specific, it's a sombre charcoal grey case in point, with only marginally less gloomy grey buttons. This glum appearance isn't helped by the fact that the otherwise generous LCD window is - perhaps inevitably on a budget instrument such as this - not backlit. What it does do is display in its upper half the currently-selected Pad Bank, the Scale of the current pattern (its quantisation) and the Accent rhythm or the rhythm of any one of the instruments assigned to the drum machine's pads. In this respect it's less well specified than the old Boss DR110, which can display (in grid format) the rhythms of up to four of its six instruments together with the accent rhythm. However, you can very easily select a different instrument or Accent for the 550's display by holding down the Voice button and tapping the relevant instrument pad. The lower half of the LCD, meanwhile, divides into three boxes which variously display such information as the current and next pattern numbers, the current song and song step number, and the current edit parameter and its value. Although they're of the squidgy rubber variety, they seem to be operationally reliable.

The 550 also has 12 rubber playing pads, which stood up well to the bashing they received during this review (with fingertips rather than drumsticks, I hasten to add). These pads aren't velocity sensitive, but then I'd have been pleasantly surprised if they were. The 550's sounds are velocity-responsive via MIDI, but although you can record patterns into the drum machine's memory from an external MIDI source - an Octapad, for instance - disappointingly, MIDI velocity information isn't recorded. This effectively gives you equal access to not 12 but 48 sounds from the 550's instrument pads, all of which can be used within a single pattern. Successive presses of the dedicated Pad Bank button rotate around the four Banks (A-D). To understand how the DR550 functions, it's important to grasp that when you record a pattern the drum machine is storing pad hits only. If you record a cowbell part using pad three in Pad Bank four, say, and then assign a cabasa to that pad instead, your cowbell part will become a cabasa part. This way of working makes it easy to try out different sounds for an already recorded rhythm, plus it's easy to delete a part from a rhythm because you can quickly find the pad that it's assigned to. The down side is that any alterations you make to a Pad Bank to suit a new pattern that you're recording will affect any already-recorded patterns which use that Pad Bank. It's the perennial swings and roundabouts situation. The advantage of this approach is that when the DR550's manual says you can record 64 one-bar patterns it means 64 one-bar patterns regardless of how dense or sparse the rhythms are. Most of the operational buttons and instrument pads have a second function which is selected by holding down the Shift button and then pressing the relevant button or pad. The most difficult thing about using these functions is reading the labelling which identifies them - more shades of grey on grey.

In practice the DR550 is a straightforward and fairly intuitive instrument which presents no real operational or conceptual problems for anyone already familiar with the way drum machines work. The beginner should find the 550 a reasonably friendly machine to get to grips with, especially as the accompanying manual is clearly written and well laid out, and includes what is now becoming (for Roland instruments, anyway) the customary index to help you get straight to the information on anything you don't understand. PAD SETTINGS EACH INSTRUMENT PAD within a Pad Bank can be assigned not only one of the 48 instruments but values for level, tone colour, decay, assign type, accent follow and pan parameters. Level setting is accessed via a dedicated Level button, and as the name suggests, allows you to set a volume level for each pad. Tone colour (0-7) provides a means of subtly varying the timbre of an instrument when it's assigned to a pad. You can record an Accent rhythm in the same way as you'd record a rhythm using any of the instruments. Accent is either on or off, and applies to all instruments sounding at a particular step. A value of zero means that the instrument won't respond to accents, while a negative value results in the instrument playing more quietly on an accented step. This approach does allow for a fair amount of flexibility, though should two instruments with the same accent follow value both sound on an accented step, both will have the same response even if you only want one of them to be accented. Again, assigning the same instrument to more than one pad and giving each pad a different accent follow value can help you get around any problems. Assign type allows you to set an instrument pad to Mono, Poly or Exclusive 1 or 2. If a pad is set to Mono, new pad hits cut short the instrument if it's still sounding from a previous pad hit, while Poly allows the instrument to play for its full duration, so that the sounds overlap.

Setting two or more pads to the same Exclusive number effectively means that the instruments assigned to those pads can't be layered, which also means that you can use one instrument to cut short another. A traditional choice here would be open and closed hi-hats, but you can choose whatever combination of instruments you want. Finally, the DR550 allows you to select one of seven pan values for each pad in each Pad Bank, so that if you're taking advantage of the drum machine's stereo audio outs you can position up to 48 instruments in the stereo image. You can also experiment with auto-panning effects by assigning an instrument to two or more pads and giving each pad a different pan value, but as with the other pad parameters this is at the expense of the variety of instruments you can use for your patterns. RECORDING THE DR550 ALLOWS you to record in real time and step time. Once you've selected Pattern Record mode, both methods are equally available to you: when the pattern is playing you're in real-time record, when it's stopped you're in step-time record. You get a quarter-note metronome click (with settable level 0-15) and a flashing red pinpoint LED to play along to. In step-time recording, the DR550 records what pads you play at each step in the bar (while playing back whatever instruments, if any, you've already recorded for that step), and automatically advances to the next step after each hit and loops back to the first step when it reaches the end of the bar. As in real-time recording, the DR550 is permanently in overdub mode for step-time recording. Scale, meanwhile, allows you to alter the quantisation of a pattern. This defaults to 16th notes, but alternatively you can select 32nd notes, triplet 16ths or triplet 8ths. Another possible limitation of the 550's approach, depending on what sort of rhythms you want to create, is that you can't combine triplet and non-triplet values (triplet 8ths and straight 8ths, for example).

Creating a DR550 Song is easy. You just scroll through the Song steps entering the required pattern number for each step. If you hit Start or Continue in Song Edit mode, the 550 repeatedly plays the pattern you've entered at the current step, which quickly allows you to see if you've chosen the right pattern. You can also start playing a Song from any step while in Song Play mode by scrolling to that step and then hitting Continue. You can also set an Initial Tempo value (40-250bpm) for each of the eight Songs - which, of course, only applies when the 550 is set to internal sync. The drum machine has a global tempo value which defaults to 120bpm each time you switch the machine on, but as soon as you select a Song that value changes to the Song's initial tempo value. Consequently, if you're working to and fro between Pattern and Song modes. Pattern mode automatically assumes whatever initial tempo value the Song is set to. MIDI THE DR550 CAN be set to internal sync or slaved to incoming MIDI clocks. For the purposes of playing the drum machine's sounds from an external MIDI source you can set it to Omni receive (all channels), or to one of the 16 MIDI channels (it defaults to channel 10, the channel which Roland have ordained as the rhythm channel on their instruments). For MIDI performance purposes you assign instrument pads rather than the actual instruments themselves to MIDI note numbers, which means that if a DR550 instrument isn't assigned to one of the 48 possible pads then you can't play it via MIDI. The 550 comes with a default set of pad-to-note assignments, but you can alter these to suit your own preferences. The 550 allows you to set up such an assignment, but in practice the drum machine only plays the sound which is assigned to the lowest-numbered pad in or closest to Pad Bank A. The 550 can respond to MIDI Song Select messages, allowing you to remotely select its internal Songs.

However, one MIDI message it won't respond to is Song Position Pointer, the message, which tells a sequencer or drum machine where to start playing from in a song. Consequently, if you're slaving it off a sequencer and you've stopped the sequencer mid-song, and fast forwarded or rewound it to a different position, the 550 won't be able to tell where to play from. Which is rather a disappointment in this day and age, and one good reason to use the 550 purely as a sound source, putting together all your rhythm parts in your sequencer rather than using the 550's onboard pattern and song facilities. VERDICT THE NEW DR Rhythm has instant appeal - from the moment you see it to the moment you hear its high-quality sounds to the moment you discover that it's easy to use. Boss have concentrated on providing a solid collection of standard kit and Latin instruments rather than dazzling you with a diverse collection of more exotic instruments, and have ensured a good balance of acoustic and electronic sounds with an overall clean, upfront quality. The 550 is far more versatile sonically and far more sophisticated functionally than its predecessors, and benefits from the introduction of MIDI, at last, to the Dr Rhythm series. I have a few reservations about its rhythm programming flexibility, but what it loses in flexibility it gains in simplicity. If you want sonic expandability and greater programming sophistication then it might be worth hanging on for Cheetah's forthcoming 16-bit drum machine, the MD16. But then you're talking half as much again on the price, which can be a lot to find if you're on a tight budget. The point is that Boss have packed a lot into the DR550 for its price and for its size, and have made it all easy to use in a way which should be attractive not only to the first-time buyer but also to anyone who likes their hi-tech instruments to be accessible.

You can always wish for more of everything on a budget instrument, but overall Boss have come up with a balance of sounds, facilities, and accessibility on the DR550 which is well suited to its very attractive asking price, and I expect it will be a big success for them. Now, which pocket did I put it in. Price ?199 including VAT (Contact Details). Condition is Used. Including instruction manual, a couple of drum pattern books. Unfortunately the original box can’t be found. Dispatched with Royal Mail once payment received. So Easy to Use,Small but very Powerfull,with many of the sounds that many of you will recognise.Ive heard these on the Fine Young Cannibals songs,and even on the Classic film, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2.The Zap sound makes it for me. Nice tool i suppose. If you can programe it. Verisign. To start viewing messages,No, I bought it used, so I don't have a manual !! Now, press the button that says bank on it, notice the pad bank display changed, hit sound pad 4 again, you'll hear a different sound, maybe a different kick, maybe a totally different sound. Knowing this isn't really a lesson, but you have to remember it, it WILL be on the test. Stay tuned for Lesson 2 - Editing Sound Parameters.This feature will be explained better in Lesson 3 - Pattern Writing. 6. PAN - Pan - Sterio left or right obviously To access these settings, hold down the shift button and press sound pad 7. By pressing the shift button you can see which parameter your on in the lower right box in the display, release the shift button to see the value assigned to the parameters. i.e. kick 1, snare 3, etc. The TYPE value has 3 settings. 1. MONO - when you hit the same sound pad a couple times in a row, close together, the decay of a sound gets cut off when the next hit starts. 2. POLY - when you hit the same sound pad a couple times in a row, close together, the decay of a sound overlaps the sound before it, mostly noticable with cymbols. 3.

EXC1 and EXC2 - use these for hi-hats or to stop a cymbol. EXE1 - When 2 or more sound pads are assigned to EXC1, one sound stops the others decay when hit (and the pad is in mono mode). EXC2 - does the same thing. When 2 or more sound pads are assigned to EXC2, one sound stops the others decay when hit. The 7th parameter - level.Use bank A for 4 kick variations, 4 snare variation, 4 crash variations, wheather they are totally different or just variations of the same sound. Use bank B for hat, ride, and ride bell.Use bank C for toms. Use bank D for any other sounds you want to use.The preset patterns will not be effected by your changes. Stay Tuned for lesson 3 - Pattern Writing.Untill you start writing pattern, don't worry about trying to get the sounds perfect, you'll have to tweak them while listening to the playback of a pattern.Now to think of the easiest way to explain pattern writing.This machine is very limited with a maximum of 16 beats per pattern.To enter pattern writing mode, hold the shift button and press sound pad 6. To select the pattern you want to edit, use the small numbered buttons.Real Time editing This machine has a built in metronome called click, you'll probably want to turn it up if you're going to try tapping in a beat. Press start, you'll hear the click with an accent on the first tick.Turn the click back down when you don't need it. Manual Editing To manually enter sounds (the practical way to use this machine): The 16 little boxes with the arrows on top shows your position in the pattern 1-16, the blinky dot is the curser.The curser moves foward when you enter a sound, if you want to add another sound in the same position, use the button with the -1 printed on it to move the curser back.I think you can enter 4 (maybe more) sounds in a position. Deleting Mistakes This machine only allows you to delete by the sound pad, or the whole pattern. You cant delete a single sound in a single position. Accents An accent is simply a strong beat.

The sound editing parameter from lesson 2 ACC sets the level (strength) of the accent on a sound, Accents can also be used to lower the sound or be set at 0 for no effect, depending on how you set the machine up.You can put an accent in any position in your pattern by placing the curser in the position (1-16) you want in the pattern and pressing the the ACC button. WARNING - once an accent has been placed, it can't be deleted without deleting the whole pattern. Limit - The accent effects all sounds in that position (1-16) in the pattern, your best bet is to start with all sounds defaulted to 0 in the accent parameter (lesson 2), then mix in the accents on the sounds you want.You can now edit sound parameters while listening to the pattern you wrote. Well, I'm getting tired now, If you have any questions on something you cant understand, just ask. There's some more writing features I'll get to later. Stay tuned for Lesson 4 - Song AssemblyUser Alert System provided by Super PM System provided by. All Rights Reserved. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.A pattern can be recorded in realtime, or entered step-by-step. Each voice can be adjusted for Accent (values 0-5) and volume (values 0-5).Tempo can be manually adjusted between 40 and 250 bpm.The DR-220 can also accept control from other devices such as a sequencer or trigger pad.The plastic case is charcoal-gray.The plastic case is matte silver.The MkII version had access to 91 16-bit drum sounds, allowing the user to control parameters of each sample such as decay length and filtering. It had 64 preset patterns and room for 64 user-created patterns. The DR-550 was limited by no ability to store its patterns externally, except by recording the data to a cassette tape.By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Follow this Product Gallery Product Specs Brand Boss Model DR-550 MkII Dr.

Rhythm Finish Black Year 1992 - 1999 Categories Drum Machines and Samplers Similar Products From the Price Guide Sell Yours Please check the fields highlighted in red.Currency. Advanced G'day ( Sign in to bid or buy) eBay Deals Coles on eBay Help Sell Watch List Expand Watch list Loading. Something went wrong. Universal Audio Signal Processor. Boss Pro Audio Equipment Korg Pro Audio Drum Machines Boss Pro Audio Multi-Track Recor.User Agreement, Privacy, Cookies and AdChoice Norton Secured - powered by Verisign. The drum machine has been tested and functions perfectly. The original Owner's Manual. Preset. more Pattern Score, and power cord is included. The wires on the power cord are spliced but the power cord still works fine. Although the power cord works fine. This drum machine can also run on batteries which are not included. It also comes in the original box and protective styrofoam container. Please message me if you have any questions. Thanks! Up for auction is a Boss Dr-550 Vintage Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine with AC Power. more Cord. It is in good condition and works great. I ship USPS Priority Mail within 24 hours and provide tracking number. Thanks for looking! NO RESERVE This is a used but excellent condition BOSS DR550 MKII drum machine. Made in Japan so it's vintage early 90's. The drum machine. more is in great condition. Works perfectly and comes with: owners manual. Presets guide, box and a Boss power supply. The power supply has been spliced but it works with no issues. If you're looking at this I'm sure you know all about these, they've got awesome drums sounds that are programmable, midi capability, etc. Don't let this one get by. Check my other auctions for more music gear! Headphone minijack socket to the rear. Item is boxed but without instruction manual and cosmetically the unit is in grade B condition; bit of general wear to the machine all over from use over the years but overall is in good condition for the age and in excellent working order.

Please ask a price if your country is not listed Please note this listing is for the unit only. Unfortunately I am unable to accept e-cheques for this reason also. This is an internet shop and as such all items are sold with delivery only. I do not have the facility to offer personal collections, viewing or demonstrations of any items offered for sale, sorry.In original box. Everything functions as it should. You've got to bid to win. See my other auctions for more musical items. This is a used but excellent condition BOSS DR550 MKII drum machine. Check my other auctions for more music gear! Up for auction is a Boss Dr-550 Vintage Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine with AC Power. more Cord. It is in good condition and works great. Thanks for looking! NO RESERVE In original box. Everything functions as it should. See my other auctions for more musical items. SC? Buy it locally and save shipping charges. Check for shop location. Terms: Your item ships within 48 hours of cleared payment(excluding Sunday and Holidays) Sorry. But we do not sell to Ebayers with 0-2 feedbacks. USA shipping is to lower 48 only(Alaska and Hawaii buyers must inquire for shipping quote before purchase) Return policy: Since our items are WELL described. We do not accept returns. Please read ENTIRE description and review ALL photos before purchasing. Items are guaranteed to be in good working condition unless otherwise noted in the description. Taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying. RcmdId ViewItemDescV4,RlogId p4%60bo7%60jtb9%3Feog4d71f%2B%3F4f%3E-14a1af97c2f-0x10e- It comes in the original box with booklets and a power supply.All electronics have been tested and are i n working condition. All items shipped are fully insured. The insurance is AUTOMATICALLY included in the shipping price.