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
September 12, 2010 @ 6:49 am
This is without a doubt THÉ most solid drummachine for House and Techno the world has ever known. Everything is so simple, yet so amazing. The price those days was incredibly cheap, if you look at how it's priced now. My uncle got one in 2002 for 1300 Dollars, which was actually quite cheap!
To add for the artist list, Thomas Bangalter (1/2 of Daft Punk, 1/2 of Stardust) used this machine many times in productions of him. His EP's, Trax On Da Rocks 1 and 2 both contained out of TR-909 Drums.
July 9, 2010 @ 5:32 am
have just got my own 909 a little while back ,and am chuffed 2 bits!!Im sorry, but anyone who wants to get that magical kick should just save up(plus the clap and snares, awesome!!).I think that the clones like the jomox are pretty cool, but the original just has that character. wicked!!
Simon Moore
April 29, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
Also if you like the handclap, there is no other machine (except the TR-808) that has the analog handclap that sounds different every time its triggered. Just very cool. Not to mention abouth the kick, rules period!
April 15, 2010 @ 12:23 am
why roland wont re-release their classics is baffling to me. there has got to be enough people out there to make it worth it for them but what do i know. even at current prices ($1200) the 909 and 808 are still worth dropping duckets on. i still believe that it just isn't as fun with a computer (it isn't) . these machines are beautiful and beyond their unmatched sounds, they have their own secret grooves...there's some funk in those machines. if you're looking for a thin, uber-compressed, "modern sound" , you can probably stick with samples, but if you want your music to have some funk and bump, some rawness, and be tons of fun to make, always stick with the OGs. EM
March 2, 2010 @ 8:26 am
THE house and techno drum machine!!!!True!, the machine is maybe a little overpriced considering the lack of features say compared to a more complex machine like a elektron, but what it does it does reliably!!!!the best!!!!
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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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