Zoom RT223 Rhythm Trak Drum Machine
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- 511 Rhythm Patterns
- 127 Drum Kits (User Programmable)
- 12 Bass Programs
- Comp EQ / Reverb Effects At Once
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The RT-223 is a drum & bass machine for any kind of rhythm play. Small in size and light in weight, this low-profile unit will go with you anywhere. You can get a session going with your very own rhythm section in a flash, anywhere, anytime.
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I really like the EQ function, where you can add weird effects like phaser, reverb, boosted, etc to any of the rhythm tracks with the press of a button. So when you factor in all the tracks and the multiple EQ effects available for each one, it's a good value.
As for making your own beats on this, it is certainly possible and I saw vids on YouTube of people doing it, but it seems a bit convoluted on this machine and I have stayed away from that function for the most part. That's not what I got it for. I just wanted a fancy metronome to play bass to.
* Very easy to program!
* Sounds great!
* Very long battery life! I've used it for days and never changed the batteries!
* Lots of alternate intros, fills, breaks, endings, and verses are possible.
* All drum pad keys are extremely programmable!
* Beautiful lighted keys light up to show which drum key pad is being played in both record and playback modes!
* It has it's own stereo line input that gets mixed with it's stereo audio output. You could connect a guitar to the drum machine, then the drum machine to your amp with no need for a mixer!
* No fast forward or reverse traversing is possible when editing a recorded pattern.
* No way to back up your patterns digitally.
I LOVE THE LIGHTED KEYS! It looks fantastic. This is one of the most beautiful drum machines in its price range. You have to see it live to appreciate the lighted keys as they dance to the drum patterns being played!
I also love the fact that all the keys are programmable! If you look at the key pad in the product picture, you'll see INTRO, VERSE A, FILL A, VERSE B, FILL B, BREAK, and ENDING, printed on the keys. I learned that these are just guides. In song mode, any drum pad key can be set to any type of pattern: fill, intro, verse, break, ending, etc. If you wanted, you could make 3 different intro buttons that play 3 different intro patterns that lead to three different verses! You get to program how each button works. You could make the intro button play an intro pattern, and then jump to any other drum pad's pattern after the intro completes, or even have the intro jump to itself! This is a genius way to use a drum machine!
I play keyboards, and having the ability to press a single key on the drum machine to have the pattern jump from verse A to verse B using several alternate fill patterns, breaks, etc., is fantastic! Because any key can be any pattern in song mode, and any pattern can jump to any other key's pattern, you can make all sorts of interesting pattern jumps happen live by simply touching a single key! For example, I can make the top 6 drum pad keys jump from pattern to pattern from the left pad's pattern all the way to the right pad's pattern one after the next automatically, and then jump to my verse A pattern when it's done skipping across all the patterns. All that can be triggered by pressing 1 key! It's these kinds of things that make this drum machine FAR BETTER than the Alesis drum machines. They simply can't do this kind of pattern jumping based on drum pad keys. They are limited to fill A->B and fill B-A. That's way too simplistic for my drum pattern needs. I need multiple fill patterns, multiple verses, multiple pattern jumps, etc. This drum machine can do it!
The ability to program the keys the way you can with this drum machine goes far beyond what other drum machines in its price range can do. It sounds great. And it's easy to use. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS DRUM MACHINE!
The manual is very thorough and programming is a snap.
Sounds best to me when I play it through a bass amp.
I don't like many of the rhythms in the machine - but there are still enough to satisfy. Good value too.