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Zoom MRT3B Micro RhythmTrak Drum Machine

199 drum sounds. 70 drum kits. (362) Read 17 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Zoom engineering has produced some of the best sounding, easiest to use, and most value packed drum machines ever used. The New MRT-3 blows those all away. It is very user friendly and yet remains very compact.

Features
199 absolutely killer drum sounds (no wonder since they were sampled at 47.6 kHz),

70 drum kits each with 14 different drum/percussion sounds (50 kits preset/20 user).

396 preset patterns

99 locations for recording your own custom patterns for your next session

7 very responsive, touch sensitive pads

Large LED display

Mega memory banks (99 song locations each up to 99 patterns long, 20,000 notes/events capacity)

MIDI In for external sync and sound triggering

Mono and stereo 1/4 in. outputs (will power stereo headphones)

Footswitch jack for start/stop control

Operates for up to 15 hours on 4 AA alkaline batteries or optional AD-0006D AC adapter

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4.5 out of 5 (362 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "A nice little puzzle piece to fit into a home recording setup"
Sound: Well for starters, when I first used it, I was surprised that the velocity-sensitive pads actually changed the sound as well as the volume, making for a more 'realistic' feel if you want to simulate what you would be playing on a drum set for home recording purposes. I was surprised. There are (like all drum machines) plenty of sounds in there that you will never use. I use it to sound like the actual drum parts I would be playing along to my guitar parts if there were two of me, so I stick to the 'real' drums and have no use for the bongos and techno hits and such. There is a decent palette to work with - even two generic organ sounding chords (a Major 7th and a Minor 7th) which you can tune to different notes, but no bass. Hey its a hundred bucks, right? A tip for if you want to use it as a recording substitute for micing a drumset: use the 'dry' sounds and add room reverb through an effect send to an external processor if you have one (or even in-line if you don't have an effect send). Do this rather than using the sounds with built in fake reverbs in the actual sound. This way it will blend in with the other reverbs on other instruments in your mix so it all sounds like they are actually in the same room, rather than your guitar and bass and vocal all having one sound to their reflection and your drums having an entirely different one. Feature: Pretty irritating to get a new toy and not be able to plug it in. Most Zoom stuff I have got in the past had an adaptor with it but nope. Other than that, it has the option for a stop/start footswitch to connect so you can use it live. Not something I am interested in as this is just a studio piece for me, but someone may want to use it for live I guess. Nice that it's there though. Ease of Use: On the upside: When I first got it hooked up I had already programmed 2 drum kits and written a 8 bar pattern within about a half an hour. It's dead simple to learn. On the downside: Step recording is kind of irritating because of the way the display works. Hard to visualize where you are in a pattern. Bah. I just record it in realtime anyways. Also, there is no quick way to jump to a specific pattern or sound or drum kit, you just have to hold down the + or - button and cycle through every number between where you are and where you are going. Not terrible, but slows things down a bit waiting to get from 03 to 51 or whatever. Quality: I wouldn't go bashing this thing around, or stuffing it at the bottom of a box full of gear and piling stuff on top of it. It's plastic. Hard plastic but plastic all the same. Value: There's some really nice sounds in it and it's so cheap that just the programmability and touch sensitive pads are worth it. I'm sure that the higher end drum machines are easier to use, but for a bare bones get-the-job-done drum machine it's impressive for the price. Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed Zoom for this guy, but have for other Zoom stuff that has passed through my hands over the years and they are pretty accomodating and easy to deal with. The Wow Factor: I love little boxes that do lots of things. I don't think drum machines get you any girls but that's why we have guitars. Drum machines aren't inherently sexy as lots of people think it's just 'faking it' but if you use it as part of a recording setup to make a nice sounding demo CD then it will pull its weight in the final mix. On its own though its isn't much of a groupie magnet. Nevertheless, I wanted it, and I am glad I own one. I had been eying this thing for a long time (2+ years actually) before I finaly ordered one. Overall: It does the job well. You aren't going to compose any techno symphonies on it or anything but it's great for line recording drum parts if you don't have the good mics and mixer and sound booth to do the real thing.
Style of Music: ambient experimental grungey rock stuff
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"colossal sound for a mini price."
Sound: excellent sound quality convience user friendly leds are outstanding fast efficient for recording or live highly recommend for the price & facility! Feature: believe for recording like i do its all you need to bring it on. click trax, kit edit, plenty of styles & pad sounds whatever style you might want to play. Quality: maybe shell could a little tougher, otherwise cosmetically & the lighted pads & ease of operationjust take care of it like you would your other instruments. Value: absolutely amazing for the features! other seem tio fall short. Manufacturer Support: not yet The Wow Factor: outstanding! Overall: i would buy a another one if i wore it out, as a matter of fact i just might buy an extra this week !
Style of Music: pop, soul jazz, fusion.
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