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
February 1, 2010 @ 6:17 pm
A little known fact. The kick drum is a preset on the MKS-50 for a hell of a lot less. The kick is what makes this. Everything else is as good on a 707. If you need to spend big money buy an 808 instead.
January 8, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
I am loving the TR-909. just simply cool.
December 31, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
THE drum machine!

Roland should just remake these and be done with it.
October 27, 2009 @ 10:57 am
I'm sorry to say to you guys but paying 900 euros for this thing isnt an arm or a leg in music business. I've never bought a mercedes as i always though its not worth 25000 euros ..but i paid 29000 dollars on a buchla 200e .

its not about money my friend. the only reason why this machine is highly regarded is because its unique . just like modular synths . i bet 99% of the population would consider 29000 dollars for some strange glitches madness ...
radiohead are one of those 1% mad people . its called taste
UFO From Tokyo
August 26, 2009 @ 6:41 pm
Daft Punk used a 909 aswell...
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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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