Although the Zoom Micro drum machine (Zoom MRT-3 Rhythm Trak) weighs less than a pound and a half, this thing is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
With 396 preset patterns, 99 user patterns, and 99 songs, the Zoom MRT 3B drum machine can accompany your voice, guitar, or other instrument right out of the box.
Of course, if you like creating your own drum beats, the Zoom Rhythmtrak MRT 3B has you covered, and then some more! How do you get caught up in 199 sound sources, 50 preset kits, and 20 user kits?
Add to that the fact that this thing is completely portable, and you have a pretty outstanding drum machine at your disposal. 4 AA alkaline batteries are required to power the Zoom MRT 3 for a full 15 continuous hours! This is great for the busker, as well as anyone who likes to take their music on the road!
And the sound quality is quite magnificent. The very rich and realistic sounding drum voices (comparable to the Alesis SR-16), coupled with total ease of use, make this one of the best drum machines you can buy for the money. This is especially true if you run it with the correct type of amplification. I recommend any of the Roland KC (keyboard combo) amps … these things were born to bring out the best in your drum machine!
As far as the cost of the Zoom Micro Rhythm Trak drum machine goes, it’s pretty reasonable for the quality you’re getting. 10 years ago, this would have cost you several hundred dollars (if the technology had existed), but today you can buy a new model for less than a hundred dollars.
This is one of the easiest to understand drum machines in the world. There is nothing intimidating or “technical” about the Zoom MRT3B Micro Rhythmtrak. Just plug it in and play, and even plugging it in is optional, thanks to its battery capabilities!
Of course, this drum machine does not feature some of the amazing instrumental capabilities of its older brother, the Zoom RT-23 RhythmTrak, such as the bass and human sounds of the drum machine … but obviously we are looking at it in a way. different. price range here! However, if you have the extra $ 50 to spare, you might be better off going for the “full meal deal” you get with the RT 23.
The Micro Rhythm Trak is definitely worth checking out if you like great functionality along with true simplicity … and portability. A fantastic little drum machine and great value for money!