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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68 Visitor comments
June 2, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
Have a 909 which has not done much service. Been using a yamaha RS7000 to work with.
Getting back to analogue however. Working with Prophet 5 , 909 , Sh 101 via MIDI convertor.
909 seems to be working ok but display is fading. Any ideas ? Battery ?
June 2, 2013 @ 3:43 pm
I'm searching for one for sale. I would pay 1500£.
parkermusik at gmail dot com
May 30, 2013 @ 8:09 am
prices of 909's seem to have shot right up in the last 12 months. First it was the 808 and now the 909 follows. I bought a 909 2 years ago for £700 which I suppose was quite a good deal.
May 22, 2013 @ 2:45 pm
I made a html5 emulator of the roland 909:
May 15, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
Omg, i've just seen a TR909 for £2750 on gumtree, [beep] is going on, these where around £1000 new and rapidly came down to around £350, if someone buys that at £2750 they are as crazy as the person asking that extremely insane price, some people have more money than sense, nice machine but come on folks, LMAO.
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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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