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Review: Boss Dr. Beat DB-30

Submitted On July 1, 2013 by Contributor:
Boss Dr. Beat DB-30



Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

82/ 100

Review Details

Price: $39


Fully featured metronome with tap tempo


Numerous patterns and up to 17 beats per measure


Headphone out with volume control


Internal reference pitches



Pricey considering the cost of iOS apps

My Review

I purchased the Boss Dr. Beat DB-30 metronome about 8 years ago when I needed it for college conducting class, and I actually still use it in my studio today. It sits right on my desk, easily accessible for its quick and easy tap tempo. Its about the size of a small cell phone, and thus is really portable. Though I do have iOS metronome apps that are nice to always take with me (as I always have my iPad with me) I find for actual studio use the Boss Dr. Beat DB-30 is much quicker and easier to use than any iOS app. Instead of fumbling around trying to launch and app, wait for it to load, etc, I just pick up Dr. Beat, hit the power and tap out my tempo. Very quick. And in those 8 years of occasional use (I must admit I dont use it often) I have yet to have to replace the battery. (watch it will die tomorrow, haha). I also find the extended features of the Dr. Beat metronome to be very good, which include a nice pattern menu capable of a wide range of patterns and rhythms, as well as beats per measure of up to 17. It also has a handy quick tone reference via its internal reference tones.

However, if my Dr. Beat DB-30 were to break, I would not purchase another one. Why? Because with todays iOS apps you can get the same basic functionality for under $5 (most are $1.99), and you can even get a basic metronome (without tap tempo) for free! Though its nice to have a dedicated unit on my desk at all times, and it is capable of some very nice features, it is a luxury given the available apps for your phone!


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