BR-1180, BR-1180CD: Basics of Using the Rhythm Guide

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The Rhythm Guide in the BR-1180 includes a full-featured drum machine and sequencer. You can choose from 9 different drum kits and over 350 patterns to assemble your own rhythm arrangements. You can also make your own patterns. When you create a new song, a short Rhythm Arrangement is already in place for you to play along to. A Rhythm Arrangement is simply a collection of patterns arranged by song structure to make a full length song.

1. Press EDIT above the Rhythm / Loop fader.

2. CURSOR to the Pattern number in the "ARRANGE" box and use the dial to select a pre-arranged rhythm track.

3. Press the ON/OFF button once so it blinks.

4. Press PLAY.

5. To try a different arrangement, press STOP, then use the dial to select a different number. Press PLAY to hear it.

6. Once you’ve found a Rhythm Arrange you like, cursor to BPM to adjust the tempo. Or, tap the tempo using the TAP button (at least 4 times) under the Rhythm Guide fader.

7. You can also use the dial to try out different Drumkits. To do this, CURSOR to "DRUMKIT" and turn the TIME/VALUE dial to select a different kit.

1. CURSOR to "EDIT", then press ENTER.

2. Press ZERO to rewind to the beginning of the song.

3. For each section of your song, use the cursors and dial to choose a Pattern number, a section, and how many measures you want the section to play.

4. Select “P” for a preset rhythm.

5. Dial in the Pattern number.

6. Cursor to form, and choose IN for intro, V for Verse, F for Fill, or END.

7. Press the Fast Forward button to advance measure by measure.

8. Continue entering patterns for the duration of your song.

9. When finished, press ZERO to rewind to the beginning, then press PLAY.


2. CURSOR to “PTN,” then presses ENTER.

3. Use the cursors and dial to set the rhythm pattern’s measure count and time signature.

4. Press REC.

5. Press PLAY. After a one-measure count, Realtime Recording begins.

6. Play the drum kit by pressing the REC TRACK buttons:

[1] Kick
[2] Snare
[3] Closed Hi Hat
[4] Open Hi Hat
[5] Low Tom
[6] Mid Tom
[7] High Tom
[8] Crash Cymbal
[9/10] Ride Cymbal
[V-TRACK] + [1] Kick 2
[V-TRACK] + [2] Snare 2
[V-TRACK] + [3] Claves
[V-TRACK] + [4] Cow Bell
[V-TRACK] + [5] High Q
[V-TRACK] + [6] Metronome (Click)
[V-TRACK] + [7] Metronome (Bell)

7. Press STOP.

8. Press PLAY to hear your pattern.

1. CURSOR to "REC" and press ENTER. Press REC and PLAY as if you were recording a pattern. Cursor to “ERASE,” then press ENTER.

2. Press and hold the track button the drum sound you want to erase.

3. When you have finished erasing, press ENTER.

This section explains how to use the Discrete Drums files to create your own drum tracks. Start by creating a new song.

Create a New Song:
1. Press UTILITY.

2. Cursor to "SONG" and press ENTER.

3. Cursor to "NEW" and press ENTER.

4. Cursor down to "GO" and press ENTER.

5. The Display asks “Save Current?”. TO store the current changes in your song, press YES. Oterhwise, press EXIT for NO.

Rhythm Guide:
Next – set the tempo for this new song.
1. Press EDIT above the Rhythm Guide fader.

2. Cursor to "BPM=" and use the dial to change this to "136".

3. Cursor to “100” underneath the letters RHY, and use the dial to set this to zero. This turns the volume of the built-in PCM drum sounds all the way down, so all you’ll hear are the .WAV drums.

4. Press the ON/OFF button once so it is blinking. This means the Rhythm Guide will only sound after you press PLAY.

5. Make sure the fader for the Rhythm Guide is up.

Import the Files:
Now we’re ready to import the .WAV files on the Discrete Drums CD ROM to the BR-1180’s hard drive.

1. Place the Discrete Drums disc into the CDR tray.

2. Wait for the CDR drive indicator to stop flashing. Then press LOOP PHRASE IMPORT.

3. Cursor to "IMPORT" and press ENTER.

4. The list of the different Discrete Drums performances appears.

5. Cursor down to “SLAM IT” and press ENTER.

6. Cursor to the DRUMS folder and press ENTER.

7. To quickly import all the files in this folder, cursor to "ALL", then press ENTER.

8. The 1180 will choose Bank A to import the files. Cursor to GO, and press ENTER.

9. The BR-1180CD imports the files. When "Complete!" appears, the import is finished.

Assign Loops to Track Buttons:
You can use the Track Buttons to fly loops right into the Rhythm guide. This is a very fast and easy way to build your own drum tracks based on song structure. First, assign different loop phrases to the Track Buttons.


2. Cursor to “BUTTON ASSIGN” and press ENTER.

3. Then cursor to “---“ and use the dial to change this to “A005” for the INTRO.

4. Continue to assign the loops to different Track buttons as follows:

Tr: 1 A005 INTRO
Tr: 2 A006 VERSE
Tr: 3 A004 FILL
Tr: 4 A002 BRIDGE
Tr: 5 A001 BREAK
Tr: 6 A003 END CRASH

5. To hear a loop, simply press the TRACK button under each fader. Press the button again to stop the loop.

Bring Loops into Rhythm Guide:
Now you’re ready to fly these loops into the Rhythm Guide using a process called “Step Sequencing”. It’s real easy to do. Just decide on your song structure, and then press the Track button. If you know how dial a phone, you can make your own drum tracks quickly and easily. The sections of each part of the Discrete Drums loops are assigned to the Track buttons as follows:

Button 1 INTRO
Button 2 VERSE
Button 3 FILL
Button 4 BRIDGE
Button 5 BREAK
Button 6 END CRASH

1. Press EDIT.

2. Cursor to "EDIT" and press [ENTER].

3. Cursor down to the bottom line of the Rhythm Arrange Edit screen.

4. Press ZERO to rewind to the beginning of the song.

5. Press the Track buttons in the following order: 1, 2, 2, 3, 4......2, 2, 5, 4, 3, and 6 for an ending.

6. Press ZERO, then PLAY.

7. Press Exit to return to the main screen.