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
samtheslammer
May 5, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
Radiohead uses this tons. They do a wonderful job with it too. Definitely worth noting. Someday I hope to acquire one of these.
pailo
January 28, 2009 @ 12:17 am
aphrodite uses the ride cymbal on tons of his songs, including "from the east".
planetplayer
January 11, 2009 @ 2:16 am
used it a few times.
Nice for composing and educational as pattern building and recording for me. Learning beats. Also great with Jupiters and Junos for making futuristic music.
Kai Németh
December 3, 2008 @ 7:53 am
Skinny Puppy used this one on Smothered Hope,listen to that Track(especially the Hi-Hats).
Gabe
December 2, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
The best drum machine in the world!!! It's tough, relentless, and lends itself well to being distorted all to hell.
 
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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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