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BOSS Dr. Beat Portable Metronome (DB-30) , Black

(12 customer reviews)

Portable, ruggedly built, and packed with fun play-along patterns
24 beat variations with complex beats, and 9 rhythm patterns
Large LCD with smooth tempo meter
12 internal chromatic reference tones
Convenient Phones jack and Auto Power-Off function
Tap-tempo feature

$55.43

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
It’s portable, reliable, and fun to use — the DB-30 helps musicians take their music to higher levels by offering a set of features that defies its diminutive size. Much more than just a simple timekeeper, this pocket-sized metronome can lay down a variety of rhythm patterns and time feels to practice along with, and it has a few timekeeping tricks up its sleeve as well.

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It’s portable, reliable, and fun to use — the DB-30 helps musicians take their music to higher levels by offering a set of features that defies its diminutive size. Much more than just a simple timekeeper, this pocket-sized metronome can lay down a variety of rhythm patterns and time feels to practice along with, and it has a few timekeeping tricks up its sleeve as well.

Specification: BOSS Dr. Beat Portable Metronome (DB-30) , Black

Weight 3.17 lbs
Dimensions 12.91 × 5.79 × 4.65 in

12 reviews for BOSS Dr. Beat Portable Metronome (DB-30) , Black

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  1. Fudge13

    I had been using a drum machine as a metronome for years but wanted to simplify, so I purchased the Boss DB-90. I was used to using a footswitch, next to my high hat foot, to turn the drum machine off and on, sometimes during songs. If the band got slightly ahead or behind the beat (like during a guitar break or drum fill), I could literally stop and start it within 2 seconds, while playing. As soon as I hit the switch, it would be right on the money. Problem with the DB-90 is that there is a lag time between hitting the foot switch and it starting. It’s ever so slight, but enough to where it makes it very hard to start the click during a song and have it be on the beat. Maybe with time I’ll figure out how to time it, and hit the switch slightly ahead of the beat, but for now I’m only giving it 3 stars overall, 3 for accuracy (to me, that’s accuracy between when the switch is hit and when it starts clicking) and 2 for versatility. I really wanted to love this product, but for me, that latency makes it almost non-useful for playing with a live band.Read more

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  2. Kimberly Alice Fitch

    They don’t make these like they used to. I owned this same model of Dr Beat for around a decade beginning in 2002 and had no problems. I practiced with it constantly and even dropped it several times with no issues. When I lost it on a plane I hesitated to buy another one of these metronomes because of the cost – there are other brands now for much less that include all the functions I need. But, years later, I took the plunge. I was a little wary of how flimsy the stand was, and I just kept it on my desk to practice with at home because it’s too heavy to lug around. One day the stand popped out while I was using it, and the metronome no longer turns on, just emits a fuzzy sound while the battery is plugged in. Tried changing the battery to no avail. Emailing BOSS for support and hope they come through. Anyway, this is WAY too fragile of a product for something that people need to be able to futz with and press buttons on regularly.Read more

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  3. 3rd Day Believer

    This is a preliminary review. Metronome is LOUD, which was my main want. That shouldn’t be hard to find, but is. It has the option of TOCK sound and HUMAN VOICE (sorry for the caps, but this is what people are searching for, even if you go to the online forums). The problem with many metronomes, is they sound two different tones, like C and G, and by God I hear C and G, which is most distracting. I want dead, non-musical sounds. The DB-90 has these. So great. The bad news: BUILD QUALITY IS ABYSMAL. Consider that my Boss ME-80 Multi-Effects Pedal costs $300 and is built like a tank. This costs $150 and is made from the same plastic they use for model airplanes. I mean really, the housing is tackier than any toy, and the little fold-out stand in the back feels like it’ll snap in a light breeze. This is not even remotely the build we expect in an implement of this kind. The cheapest guitar tuner has a better housing than this. Boss very much needs to upgrade, even at the risk of adding $10-$15 to the price. If you drop this on a hardwood floor twice, I bet it just dies. Finally, I already have a Boss adapter, and—given the many, many comments on how many batteries this eats (even the maker says it works for only a few hours per battery)—the adapter is a must. Just astonishingly crummy, given that this is the “The most advanced metronome available.”Read more

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  4. Kara Elise Kurek

    I am giving this one star because this $137 metronome broke within 2 short months of use! There seems to be a short in the wires that causes the unit to lose power and to even not turn on. Neither the seller nor Amazon will do anything to help me with the exception of referring me to the manufacturer. Very bad business not to stand behind your product. Do not order!!!Read more

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  5. DMonster

    I am a professional organist and use a metronome on a daily basis. I have gone thru at least 9 different metronomes in the past 10 years. The KLIQ was nice until it lost its mind before the year was up. I own a few Korg TM-50 units and they are real good, but they are a little too quite for my purpose (pipe organs are loud). This is the first time I have tried any of the Boss metronomes and was very immediately impressed with the functionality of it. If there was a higher grading than 5 I would have given this more than five stars. What I like about the Boss DB-60: Ease of use. I love the actual sound, it is more of a old wooden tock instead of a digital ping. I can instantly add or change half beats or third beats on the fly and give them different volumes. There is nothing to like about this DB-60, and if and when it breaks ( I am very hard on equipment) I will buy another Boss DB-60. I have finally found a metronome I really like after 50 years in the business.Read more

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  6. Joe Hall

    Easy to use and control. Being able to fade in/out 1, 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes, triplets etc is huge. The speaker is louder than every metronome I’ve used. Cons- using the headphones there is a lot of noise. I used it as an insert on my behringer board and no matter what power source, patch cable or direct headphones, the unit is noisy. It’s not noticeable with the onboard speaker but it’s a lot when using it plugged in. Plus the metronome voices sound horrible when plugged in. I use a Roland TD-50 VDrum brain and route it’s onboard click to a direct out port in back then insert it into my board. Very expensive metronome that could have better sounds.Read more

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  7. Kindle Customer

    I’ve been using cheaper metronomes for the past 20 years of playing guitar and with the advent of iPhones I thought no gadget can be more versatile than some of those cheap apps. This thing smokes those apps in versatility. I really like how I can now mix in the triplets at the volume I need and i also love all the jack in and outputs one could imagine needing. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the speaker could use an upgrade and the if I run audio through it the sound is significantly worse. Boss, please update the technology and this product will be absolutely perfect.Read more

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  8. Muhammad Ibrahim

    If you’re learning to play the piano, then a decent metronome is something that you cannot do without. Most pianists tend to prefer the classic wooden wind-up variety, and having listened to the sounds that are produced by most of the cheaper electronic metronomes out there, I can understand why. There’s nothing that can beat the timeless “donk-donk-donk-ding!” sound of a traditional metronome… or is there? Enter the Boss DB-90 digital metronome, made by Roland. Instead of producing cheap-sounding digital beeps, the DB-90 actually plays back recorded samples of a traditional wooden metronome. The traditional metronome pendulum is also simulated on the LCD screen via a series of lines that give the illusion of a moving pendulum, whilst two red LEDs just above the screen flash in time with the beat. In spite of looking quite complicated, the DB-90 is actually very easy to operate. Press the “Power” button to turn it on, then press the “Beat/Pattern” button (bottom row on the left) and rotate the big orange knob to select the number of beats per bar (displayed on the screen under “STYLE”). Now press “Tempo” and rotate the big orange knob to select the number of beats per minute. Then press the big “Start/Stop” button to start the metronome. Now you can have some fun with the sliders. The first slider controls the volume of the bell; the second slider controls the volume of the beat; and the next three sliders allow you to sound eighth-notes, sixteenth-notes and triplets. You’ll probably not want to use these very much, but they’re there if you ever need them. The last slider is the overall volume control. This metronome has plenty of volume to it, so if you’re playing a digital piano, you’ll probably be only using 30% volume. Want to try using a different sound for your metronome? No problem. Pressing “Voice” allows you to use the big orange knob to scroll through the four built-in voices. In addition to the standard “wooden” tone, there is a higher-pitched tone, a lower-pitched tone and a human “counting” voice. The DB-90 includes a backlight for the screen, but pressing the “Light” button only turns it on for 5 seconds. If you want the backlight to remain on, you’ll first have to press the “power” button to turn the unit off, then hold down the “light” button whilst pressing the “power” button again to turn the unit back on. The backlight will now remain on until you switch the unit off. You can do this any time you like without worrying about losing your rhythm settings, because everything is saved to memory automatically. In terms of connectivity, the BD-90 has it all. There are two headphone sockets (3.5mm and 6.35mm), a 6.35mm socket for you to connect a start/stop footswitch, a 6.35mm 2-way socket for you to change the rhythm memories (up/down) with your foot via another special footswitch. There are also some input sockets, including a MIDI-in, although this probably goes beyond what most people will actually use. Once you’ve started using this metronome as part of your daily music practice, you’ll probably want to buy a power supply for it, because it chews through batteries quite quickly. Only three small negatives: (1) Roland wired this metronome to switch seamlessly to using battery power in the event of a cable disconnection or a power failure. Whilst I can understand why they have done this, it also means that if you connect your DB-90 to an external power supply, and then you forget to turn your power supply on, the unit will continue to operate normally, but using battery power instead. This feature might result in you going through more batteries than you intended. (2) The metronome has 50 user memories so that you can save and recall your favourite rhythms. However, when you change the battery, all your user memories get reset, and there is no way of backing up your data. (3) The pull-out plastic stand at the back of the unit feels a bit flimsy. When deciding which metronome is right for you, certain challenging questions will need to be asked. Is it really worth paying £105 for a complicated-looking digital metronome that requires its own separate power supply when you can buy a traditional wood-effect wind-up one (complete with bell) for under £30? I wrestled with this dilemma myself, and I chose to go digital. Your choice might be different to mine, but the most important thing is to buy a metronome that you can live with, and which makes your daily music practice a more enjoyable experience.Read more

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  9. Mr L

    Over all I am happy with the DB-90. The best thing about the unit for me is the ability to adjust the volume of the 1/4 1/8 1/16 notes on the front of the unit. Very handy when it all seems too busy. Cons: Far too extensive but it is a large format and I know of no other large format metronomes. The inbuilt stand to angle the unit at 70 degrees from the desk is appallingly flimsy and will collapse as soon as you go near the buttons. I am personally going to design and 3D print a better solution but not everyone has that luxury. Would I buy it again in hindsight? Yes. There is no alternative for a larger format machine with a lot of features including MIDI sync etc.Read more

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  10. Johnny Hedgehog

    You need to check the manual as it isn’t as flexible as my old one. The missus rejected it as a present due to it’s limitations, so she kept the one she had on permanent loan from me and I ended up with this boss one. It’s fine for me but not for my OH. The build quality is not as good as boss pedals and it has no in built stand but it’s fine for me.Read more

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  11. modelhangar

    It works as seen in the reviews. It is loud enough to be very useful. Plenty of functions to assist a musician. I use it purely as a metrenome for time keeping and although dearer than most units I consider it well worth the extra paid for it.Read more

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  12. Amazon Customer

    Nice piece of kit. Have bought electronic metronomes before but don’t like the beeps. This has the option of sounding like a standard wind up metronome, which I prefer. The rhythm part of it is awesome. If you want a quality product & can afford it don’t hesitate, just buy it, you won’t be disappointed.Read more

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