Drum, percussion, and bass sounds from Roland SRX library.
EZ Compose feature for quick programming.
1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user).
20 velocity-sensitive pads.
Guitar/Bass Input jack.
For acoustic guitar an Acoustic Processor, chorus, and reverb.
Groove Modify feature applies various groove and triplet feels to patterns.
Adjusting the display contrast
[CURSOR] / to move the cursor to the “LCD”
[VALUE] dial to adjust the contrast (range: 1–16)
Listening to the demo song
Make sure that the Pattern Play screen is displayed.
Hold down [SONG] and press [KIT].
To exit Demo mode, press [SONG/PATTERN] or [EXIT]
Changing the playback key
Use the VALUE dial to change the key.
Use the VALUE dial to select a kit.
TSC (Total Sound Control) function to modify the tone and ambience.
The DR-880 provides 20 preset TSC patches and 20 user TSC patches
Press [>] to start the performance of the pattern
Use the [VALUE] dial to select a TSC patch.
Using the special guitar/bass effects
Use the [VALUE] dial to select a patch.
Pattern mode is where you play, create, or edit patterns
Use the VALUE dial to select the pattern you want to play.
Changing the tempo: Press [TEMPO (TAP)]
You can also specify the tempo by tapping
[TEMPO (TAP)] at the desired interval
You can change the key in which a pattern plays back.
Switching the display
You can switch the pattern play screen between the
chord progression display(4 measures x 3 lines/2 measures x 3 lines/1 measure x 3 lines) and the “pattern display.”
Recording a pattern
To record the drum part Press [PAD] to select a pad bank 1–3.
To record the bass part Hold down [SHIFT] and press [PAD] to select the bass pads.
Recording a song
1. Access the Song Play screen.
2. Use the VALUE dial to select a user song
In the Song Play screen, press [EDIT].
2. Move the cursor to the SONG icon and
Move the cursor to the INFO icon and
When you’re finished editing, press
Step-recording your song
In the song edit menu screen, move the
cursor to the STEP REC icon and press
Use the VALUE dial to select patterns.
DR 880 pattern presets: