Your own personal rhythm section
The Zoom RT-223 Rhythm Trak is the perfect accompanist for every kind of performer: singer/songwriters, solo artists, DJs and bands looking for extra percussion effects. It provides 70 drum kits and 12 bass sounds, along with an intuitive user interface that makes programming easy. The RT-223 is small enough to fit in your guitar case or gig bag yet it's loaded with advanced features such as a line-level input, control foot switch input and MIDI IN, plus DSP effects like multi-band compression, filtering, chorus, flanging, delay and reverb. It's like having your own personal rhythm section wherever you go!
Seventy different drum kits and a dozen great bass sounds
The RT-223 provides hundreds of drum and bass sounds. There are 70 drum kits, each comprised of 39 professional quality PCM drum and percussion samples. These include acoustic drum sounds for rock, R&B, funk and jazz applications, along with electronic kits optimized for urban music such as techno, hip-hop and dance. There's even a human beat box which allows you to create kick, snare, hi-hat, and scratch sounds from five banks of human voice samples created by Big Fish Audio.
Drum sounds can be freely selected and assigned to any of the RT-223's 13 velocity-sensitive pads, and you can fine-tune parameters like pitch, level, and panning to create your own original drum kits. The RT-223 comes with 440 preset patterns, along with numerous phrase variations, and programming your own patterns is a breeze, since the RT-223 records not only your timing, but dynamics too. You can create and store up to 127 user-programmed kits and 511 original drum patterns, with a built-in metronome providing a click track in your choice of time signatures.
In addition, the RT-223 offers 12 realistic bass sounds, including electric bass styles such as pick, finger, and slap, along with acoustic and synthesizer bass. To create a bass line, simply play the pads chromatically and record into the onboard sequencer. A dedicated switch allows you to mute the bass sound at any time.
High quality DSP effects
The RT-223 provides two types of high-quality DSP effects. COMP EQ allows you to shape the overall sound of the drum kit or bass program, while REVERB enables the sound of the drums or bass to be modulated or placed in natural-sounding spaces. The two effects can be used simultaneously or can be switched in and out individually. Up to 40 user-created effects patches can be stored in memory.
The COMP EQ section offers a multi-band compressor with independent settings for each frequency band. In addition, there's a resonance filter and a Low-Fi effect.
The REVERB section includes four reverbs as well as chorus, flanging and delay. The effect send level can be set for each sound source individually—for example, you can apply gated reverb to the snare sound only. In addition, modulation rate or delay time can be synchronized to the selected tempo.
D/A conversion: 24-bit 8-times oversampling
Maximum polyphony: 18 voices
Resolution: 96 clock pulses per quarter note
Tempo range: 40 - 250 BPM
Number of recordable note events: 32,000
Drum sounds: 213
Bass sounds: 12
Drum kits: 127
Rhythm patterns: 511
Number of pads: 13 (velocity-sensitive, self-lit)
Display type: 128-segment custom backlit LCD
External control connector: FS-01 input
MIDI IN: Standard MIDI connector
LINE IN: Standard stereo ¼"phone jack
(Input impedance 10 kO,
rated input level -10 dBm)
Line Out (L/MONO): Standard ¼"phone jack
Line Out (R): Standard ¼"phone jack
(Output impedance 1 kO or less,
rated output level -10 dBm)
Headphones: Mini ?" phone jack, 50 mW (into 32 Oload)
Power requirements: 9 V DC, 300 mA (from AC adapter AD-0006)
Batteries: IEC R6 (size AA) x 4; continuous operation 8 hours or more
Dimensions: 8.6 (W) x 7.2 (D) x 1.4 (H) in.
Weight: 1.5 lbs