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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73 Visitor comments
August 14, 2014 @ 1:53 pm
LMAO all these fools bashing acid house have no clue
August 2, 2014 @ 11:50 am
5 909's on ebay for 2 months without selling,The price is in the clouds. 808's/909's sold for £500/£800 5/6 years ago. 5/6 years ago you be lucky to see 2 909/808's in a year on ebay. The TR-8 is good enough for most. (ARP odyssey Original Instrument) was near £3000, Now Korg are reissue the synth they sell for half the amount, And that is the reissue effect. vinyl is my bread and butter.
August 1, 2014 @ 10:07 am
Regarding your comments on acid house, I would rather listen to that than 95% of what passes for "electronic music" or "edm" these days. Just my 2 cents...
August 1, 2014 @ 10:05 am
For the "record" I have been collecting rare records for years, and one look at discogs will confirm that re-issues and bootlegs have NOT affected the values of the originals in any way at all.
August 1, 2014 @ 10:03 am
John...I beg to differ. As history has proved to us time and time again...Facsimiles of things don't affect the desireability or market values of the respective original insruments!!
Did Propellerhead's "Rebirth" affect the values of 808's, 909's, or 303's? If anything, the values INCREASED threefold compared to what they were going for in 1998. Why would anything be different regarding the AIRA series?
Collectors & certain artists are willing to pay for the real deal, and this will NEVER change.
Have Native Instruments or Arturia's VST offerings helped to drive down the prices anything?
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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