Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner now available
Boss is shipping its new DR-01S Rhythm Partner, billed as ‘a fun instrument that provides percussion backing for acoustic guitarists and other acoustic musicians’.
The DR-01S features a powerful integrated sound system, and comes equipped with ready-to-play rhythm patterns that complement unplugged acoustic instruments. Compact, battery-powered, and simple to use, it seems well timed for the buying season.
Unlike rhythm machines that are designed for electronic and pop music applications, the DR-01S has been specifically designed for acoustic music. Via an intuitive interface, DR-01S users can access simple patterns and variations that are optimised for acoustic music styles. It’s also possible to add or subtract instruments – for example, shaker, tambourine, bongos, congas and more – on the fly. Dedicated buttons let the user quickly adjust volume and tempo, and to add a count-in before the accompaniment starts. The DR-01S also includes a standard metronome for basic music practice.
The DR-01S is equipped with an audio system, while an Aux In jack allows users to play backing music from a smartphone or other device, while a Line Out jack enables connection to a larger sound system. The DR-01S also supports optional footswitches for start/stop, tap tempo, and triggering sounds.
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