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Boss DB-60 Dr. Beat

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moosers's review (Boss - DB-60 Dr. Beat)

By moosers, 28/03/2010
The Boss DB-60 is a portable metronome that also has built in rhythmic patterns, as this is in the family of Dr. Beat drum machines by name. The DB-60 is overall a pretty simple device to use, although since it does have more features than you would expect to get with a more traditional metronome, it does take a minute to get used to it all. The metronome is a digital one, so you can set the tempo to any and all different beats per minute, which isn't something that you usually get with an older, analog metronome. On the DB-60 you also have parameters for choosing between different metronome styles, for playing a pitch, a timer, as well as tempo tapping and looping, and storing your own loops and patterns. It has a small built in speaker with a volume scroll, but also has a headphone output. The rhythmic patterns aren't the most realistic I've heard, but they get the job done just fine in this sort of context. The digital screen makes it easy to see everything going on without any confusion at all. The Boss DB-60 fits right in your palm, so bringing it around isn't an issue at all, in fact, it's quite convenient. I would bet the face that this is so small is probably the main thing that will attracts users to it, as it makes it easy to bring on the go for recording sessions or live shows. The price definitely doesn't make it the cheapest metronome available, but it is really more than a metronome, which is the reason that it costs almost $100 USD. Overall, I don't really have too many knocks on the Boss DB-60, as it is a well built device that has a lot of great features and is perfect for bringing on the go.

moosers's review (Boss - DB-90 Dr. Beat)

By moosers, 20/12/2011
The Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat is an in depth metronome. I don’t know if this is something that they are still making or not. Even though most people are going to be using a click in the box, it can be beneficial to have something not on your computer, especially if you are using tape at all, which is the setting in which I’ve used the DB-90. For connections it’s got ¼” jacks for ins and outs and an 1/8” headphone jack as well. It also has a MIDI output. There’s a lot that you can do with the Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat that I’ve yet to use it for and don’t think that I ever will have the need to. In the studio where I’ve used this we simply use it as a click when recording to tape. The click sound is alterable but we’ve got it on a nice setting that isn’t too abrasive but still can be heard through a headphone mix. You can tap out the tempo easily as well, which is a huge plus on this. You can even save your sounds and tempos as well as have the ability to loop. There’s probably more that can be done with it, but who really needs to get that in depth? If you do, at least there’s options for you but I think that most of use using the Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat in the modern day will not have a need for anything but the basics. It’s also cool that the DB-90 has it’s own little stand that can sit easily on your desk so you can change click times easily as well as turn the click on and off when needed and tap out tempos to the beat of a song. I don’t really have a clue how much the Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat will run you, but if you need an external metronome from your computer, it’s a fine choice because you’ll have all the basics covered and then some.

Boss DR-90 Metronome (Boss - DB-90 Dr. Beat)

By mtebaldi, 10/05/2010
I'm a drummer. I'm originally from Brazil. I play in a band called Glint.

As important as owing your own drum kit is to own a great metronome. I previously owned the DB-88, which I already thought to be an awesome machine. But the new features that comes with DB-90 makes this addition to the line of Boss metronomes even sweater. Coming now with a MIDI input, a Rhythm Coach and an auto power off function that turn the metronome off after 60 minutes of not being used, plus all the 88's old features, like the note mixing and reference tone.

I bought mine for $150 in a drum shop but you can get it for a little less online.

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The thing I like the most besides being able to write and save your own patterns and signatures is the tone reference function which is a great ally on drum tuning. Also, this machine is very user friendly.

The DB 90 comes with a LCD display, MIDI, headphones and instrument inputs, 5 octave tonal reference range and it's powered by ac current or dry battery.

This metronome is probably the best one you will find in the market. Filled with very cool features making practicing a lot fun. This is a fantastic tool not only for beginners as for pro drummers.

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Boss DB-30 Metronome (Boss - DB-30 Dr. Beat)

By MGR/ShackMan, 06/02/2011
I've used this metronome in all of my years as a student as well as as a teacher. I've been playing piano seriously since I was just a little boy and bass since middle school. I'm currently not in a band...just teaching at the moment. It's palm-sized and black. More to follow in the review...

I got it because I needed a portable metronome. It was only about $30 at the time I purchased it from Volkwein's (one of the last purchases I ever made there...) back in 2002 or so. It was cheap, and the Boss Dr. Beat series has gotten plenty of well-deserved good press, so it was an easy decision.

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Incredibly long battery life, for one thing. I've only had to change the battery four or five times in those 8 years that I've owned it, and considering the fact that I use it daily, that's not bad at all. It'll do anything from 2/4 to 7/4 with a couple clave rhythms inbetween, and it'll play various subdivisions within that structure. It also has a little clip on the back so it can sit on your belt or on a music stand. Definitely helpful. It can also be used to give drone notes for tuning instruments or having something to tune to in exercises for string instruments. Having a headphone jack helps as well, especially for use in live performances when a song's tempo is critical.

I would like to see more polyrhythms and styles represented, and I'd like more control over what subdivisions are played, but that's something that is already represented in a higher model. So I guess I'm not really complaining with this one. I'm just ready to move on.

It's plenty sturdy, looks sleek, and plays great.

The Dr. Beat metronomes are the best drummers you'll ever play with. And you can carry them in your pocket.

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