Summary: Need a cheap machine capable of kicking a beat? this one does that and you can add bass lines. I'm glad I bought it. I plan to use it to get back into playing my guitar again, and record a few simple mixes through my r16 just to toss ideas around, and remember beats and riffs I come up with over the rest of my music playing life. Zoom is just awesome. Period.
Pros: Tons of drum sounds, bass sounds. Can be controlled with a midi controller. Low price. great for practice. Has 2 mono outputs for stereo quality. Programable. Pressure sensative buttons. Effects for triplets and so much to work with in a small package.
Cons: All the preset beats have bass lines added. I wouldn't mind this, but before I start writing my own beats I feel I need to knock some rust off my fingers with my guitar. It forces me to play along with the bass. So I'm going to have to make my own beats anyway. It also doesn't sound very realistic. You can definately Hear the electric vibe they put off. But, they sound good enough at $150. At this price, with it's functionality..it's not worth reducing an egg because ...
"Great little bargain with lots of great sounds just around the learning curve."
By a customer from comcast.net, zzounds.com
3 June 2011
Excerpt: I was looking for some new, realistic drum sounds for tasteful use on a mostly-acoustic recording project. This unit includes a number of kits that give me exactly what I wanted. Most of the preset patterns are a bit too cluttered, but once I learned how to copy them and remove the excessive clicks and clacks I was happy.
"Very easy to use; great feature set; great value"
15 March 2011
Excerpt: The sounds is good; not as good as the Alesis SR18 if you are trying to emulate real drums. However, the Zoom RT-223 allows you to edit the equalization and compression effects, as well as the reverb. The Alesis SR18 only allows you to select a preset eq/compression combo, and a preset reverb. The Zoom is more flexible. I found some sounds I liked; I did not like the drum sets used on the presets very much. You can change the drum set used on any preset.
Excerpt: I use the drum machine for basic rhythm scratch tracks for recording in my DAW (Reaper software). It's tempos are slightly different than those in Reaper, but it is easy to align the beats by slightly adjusting the Reaper tempo (e.g., RT223 may say 177 bpm but I set Reaper to 177.85 bpm to match it).
Pros: Easy to program, Great Sound, Lots of pattern presets, Nice bass lines, Versatile
Cons: Floor tom is insensitive, Only five 3-4 patterns
Excerpt: Advertized as a unit that works with an FS-01 Footswitch and can alternate between 2 sounds. It doesn't actually do this, despite the claim in the manual. Tech support is non-existant! There is none. Web site says return to the Distributor, with no support avaialable. This would be a great unit (nice sound and features) if it did what the ads and manual claim. It doesn't!!!!
Excerpt: Very good, clean sounds. I could easily use this on commercial releases. decent variety of various snares, kicks, toms, and many other percussion sounds. cymbals don't ring forever, but in many tracks that is a good thing. velocity can alter pitch on some toms and other sounds, but there doesn't seem to be multi samples per sound (which is understandable at this price), Still sounds great, no complaints, I will use it on many commercial tracks