Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dr. Groove 202.

This is the Dr. Goove 202. It is a drum machine used for making "dope beats".

One of my good friends used this drum machine in a band we were in together in Maine. My job was to write the keyboard parts, and he played with the drum machine.

I saw one of these guys in the window of a store the other day, and I remembered how easy my friend had made it seem to use this drum machine, so I purchased it.

When I plugged it in and began to play around with it however, it no longer seemed so easy. Although the set up of the interface appears to be fairly intuitive, it is not at all. It took me over an hour to finally figure out how to record something, even though the record button is very easily found. I thought it would be a walk in the park after I could finally record, but really it was all down hill from there.

Now I know that machines like this usually come with a manual to help you learn how to use it, but I tend to find manuals to be tedious and boring, and generally not all that helpful. When I go to program beats I want to spend approximately 5 minutes figuring out the ins and outs of the machine, and then that's that. Okay so maybe that makes me a little lazy, but it's true that in today's fast paced world, a good interface design is one that is intuitive and doesn't require hours of your time just to figure out the basics.

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