Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer

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The TR-909 is an awesome analog drum machine! THE standard House and Techno beatbox. Sounds include kick, snare, hand clap, open and closed hi hats, low mid and hi toms, rim shot, ride and crash cymbals. Sounds are tweakable - attack, tone, tuning, decay, snap and accent. This machine does not sound like true acoustic drums, and we don't want it to. It has a unique and very loveable analog sound that's all its own!

It is armed with Roland's DIN Sync and MIDI, individual outputs, external memory cartridges, and an essential shuffle & flam for great grooves. Use it as a sound module or program patterns, songs and beats into it...either way you'll be in analog drum heaven with the 909!

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Extremely popular today, especially for dance, it is used by 808 State, Air, Bushflange, Future Sound of London, Moby, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Orbital, Hardfloor, Überzone, Underworld, The Prodigy, Faithless, ATB, Eat Static, Jimmy Edgar, Sense Datum, Richie Hawtin, A Guy Called Gerald, Astral Projection, Josh Wink, Freddy Fresh, Jean-Michel Jarre, Luke Vibert, the Chemical Brothers, and many more!

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62 Visitor comments
donkey
April 3, 2014 @ 3:02 pm
Managed to get my hands on one last week for $600. The guy said he preferred the Aira version more and that the original sounded cliche. His loss.
Wonderer
March 27, 2014 @ 3:45 am
Real pristine TR-909 cost over 3000$ for now. And price will grow, no mater what Roland will release. Aira is usual soundbank with glow buttons for kids. Really fun where people purchase 909 for 500$. For 500$ you can buy front cover only lol.
reissued
February 27, 2014 @ 4:08 am
Roland has re made the Tr-909 for £399 and it's good. Aira Tr-8 it has both 808 and 909. It's all over youtube.
smoinync
February 3, 2014 @ 11:13 pm
Become a 909's owner last week. $500 was paid for the ownership.
Mine works normal, excepts the Kick. It sounds more likely a kick hum to me. Does anyone know what causes this prob? Meanwhile, i run the trig into Yamaha ED10 & it has 808 909's kick adjust-ability. Maybe i dont need it fixed, for now.
Dek
November 8, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Yes if they properly remade the 808 and 909 with just a few new features to make them a bit more modern/efficient (USB mainly) it would sell quite well, especially if it was well-priced. Korg did it with the MS-20 and it's great.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices
  • Sounds - Kick, Snare, Low/Mid/Hi Toms, Rimshot, Hand clap, Cymbal, Open hihat, Closed hihat, Accents
  • Controls - Individual level, tuning, attack, decay, and tone controls for some sounds
  • Patterns - 96
  • Songs - 8
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer
  • Keyboard - none
  • Control - Midi In/Out & DIN Sync In
  • Date Produced - 1984-85

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