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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67 Visitor comments
June 11, 2014 @ 3:22 pm
Ignore the poster named "John" as he is full of wrong information. The TR-8 is a great machine, but it WILL NOT affect the value of the original machines one iota! Maybe John is attempting to start a snowball effect in the hopes of buying the original machines cheaply? Give it up dude, ain't gonna happen.

Just like a re-issue of a rare record will not affect market value of the original pressing, the TR-8 will not affect the value of 808's & 909's
June 6, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Lots of pro recorded TR-seires (SAMPLES) out there for free (SAVE YOUR CASH) If you can't program them to sound like the real thing, You need to give it up. Now the tr-8 is out, No one will want these sounds soon. Enjoy making acid house in your bedrooms, Thats where it belongs nowadays.
May 31, 2014 @ 5:09 pm
You're lying, donkey.
Colin Brace
May 16, 2014 @ 10:11 am
smoinync Remember alot of People Buy the Broken Ones on Purpose just so they can bend them and also they somtimes swap parts from an 808 into a 909 and vice versa.
April 27, 2014 @ 1:02 am
The best drum machine ever made!! For ever!!! I love the tr909!!!
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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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