Looking to add a little rhythm to your acoustic sessions? Boss has introduced the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, a drum machine they describe as “the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians.” The unit allows for setting the tempo, volume, and variation for your beat with several percussion instruments that can be put into our out of the mix.
“Unlike the rhythm machines used by electronic musicians and DJs, the DR-01S is packed with organic percussion sounds and simple, versatile grooves that tastefully complement the unplugged experience,” Boss writes. “The friendly interface on the DR-01S makes it easy to cater beats and variations to suit any style, while the onboard speaker provides high-quality sound that blends perfectly with acoustic instruments. And with battery-powered operation, you can take your rhythm partner everywhere you go.”
The DR-01S offers up to seven simultaneous instrument categories with 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time signatures. Each category has dedicated patterns with the ability to layer each on top of each other. Users can save 50 rhythms for quick recall.
For connectivity, the unit has an aux input, a line out, and a footswitch jack. It’s powered by six AA batteries or an included AC adapter. The Boss DR-01S is available now for $229.99.
Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner Features:
|Great-sounding, easy-to-use rhythm box designed for acoustic musicians|
|Filled with simple, tasteful grooves to support and enhance unplugged music styles|
|Convenient all-in-one design with high-quality integrated sound system|
|User-friendly interface for selecting instrument types and grooves, adjusting volume and tempo, and more|
|Seven simultaneous instrument categories include everything from tambourines, shakers, and congas to full drum set, sound effects, standard metronome, and many other sounds|
|Dedicated patterns in each instrument category, with the ability to layer patterns from all categories together in real time|
|Save 50 favorite rhythm combinations for quick recall|
|Control various functions and trigger sounds hands-free with optional footswitches|
|Line out for connecting to an acoustic guitar amp or larger sound system|
|Aux input enables use as a speaker for a smartphone or other audio player|
|Powered by six AA-size batteries or included AC adapter|