Boss DR-880

Dr. Rhythm World-Class Drum And Percussion Sounds

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The Next Generation Rhythm Machine

The new heavyweight champ of rhythm programming has arrived. The DR-880 is a new-school powerhouse that’s loaded with world-class sounds from Roland’s famous SRX library, plus a stunning collection of original waveforms. The DR-880’s drum, percussion, and bass sounds can be played and programmed as is, or customized with powerful toolssuch as independent compressors and EQs for the kick and snare, and a compressor and selection of COSM amp models for the bass.

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General Features:

  • 440 world-class drum and percussion sounds, 40 bass sounds with COSM bass-amp models
  • Three independent insert effects (EQ and compression), Total Sound Control featuring 3-band EQ and high-quality ambience
  • 1,000 patterns (500 preset, 500 user); easily add fills, ghost notes, chord progressions, and more
  • 20 velocity-sensitive pads
  • Guitar/bass input, plus multi-effects and COSM amp models
  • 100 effect patches (50 Preset, 50 User) for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars
  • Four assignable footswitch and expression-pedal inputs
  • Digital and individual outputs; USB port for importing SMFs
  • Optional DVD Manual: Boss DR-880DVM
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty


  • Maximum Polyphony: 32
  • Instruments: Drums: 440, Bass: 40
  • Kits: Preset: 100, User: 100
  • Rhythm Patterns: Preset: 500, User: 500
  • Songs: User: 100
  • Maximum Note Storage: approx. 30,000 notes
  • Resolution: Per quarter note: 96
  • Tempo: Quarter note: 20 – 260 bpm
  • Pads: 20 with velocity sensitive
  • Display: Custom LCD (with backlight)
  • Connectors:
    • Rear: Master Out L(Mono), R (1/4" phone type), Master Out L, R (RCA pin type), Individual Out A, B (1/4" phone type), Digital Out (coaxial), USB, CTL 1/2 jack(1/4" TRS phone type), CTL 3/4(EXP Pedal) jack (1/4" TRS phone type), MIDI In, Out, AC Adaptor jack
    • Front: Phones (stereo 1/4" phone type), Guitar/Bass Input (1/4" phone type)
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor (BOSS BRC series)
  • Current Draw: 600 mA (Max)
  • Accessories: AC Adaptor (BRC series), Owner’s Manual, DR-880 Driver CD-ROM
  • Options: Foot Switch: FS-5U, FS-6, Expression Pedal: EV-5, Connection Cable: PCS-31 (Roland)
  • Dimensions: 10-3/4"W x 9-9/16"D x 2-7/8"H

General Features

Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Pads/Triggers are the amount of drum pads on the drum machine.
Sample Rate
Sample rate defines the number of samples per second (or per other unit) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.
Polyphony is a texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices.
Timing Resolution
Select the effects which are stored and recalled with every Drum Set.
Preset Sounds
Preset Sounds is the number of integrated sounds the drum machine will produce.
Preset Notes
Select the amount of Preset Notes that are integrated into the drum machine.
Preset Patterns
The user creates drum patterns by pressing the trigger pads as though a drum kit were being played. The pattern is built up over time by adding individual sounds.
Preset Songs
Select the number of Preset Songs integrated on the Drum Machine.
Preset Kits
A Sequencer is software or hardware device for recording, playing, and editing digital music data.
Expansion Slots
Expansion Slots are ports which other devices can be connected to to expand drum capabilities.
Sample RAM
Sample RAM is the UltraSound offered MIDI playback by loading instrument patches into adapter RAM.


MIDI Inputs
This is the number of MIDI inputs that connect to the Drum Machine. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) allows electronic musical instruments such as keyboard controllers, computers, and other electronic equipment to communicate, control, and synchronize with each other.
Power Inputs
Select the number of Power Inputs equipped on the Drum Machine
1/4" Stereo Inputs
Select the number of Stereo Inputs.


MIDI Outputs
This is the number of MIDI outputs that connect to the Drum Machine. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) allows electronic musical instruments such as keyboard controllers, computers, and other electronic equipment to communicate, control, and synchronize with each other.
Headphone Outputs
Select number of outputs for headphone connection.
Main Left Outputs
Select number of Main Left outputs.
Main Right Outputs
Select number of Main Right Outputs.
1/4" Stereo Outputs
Select the number of Stereo Outputs available on this Drum Machine.


The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
Weight (Pounds)
This is the weight of the item in pounds (lbs).
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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