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
July 5, 2012 @ 2:14 am
This is it. This is the very best, most intelligent and 'alive' drum machine ever created. It is certainly the most recognizable drum machine in the techno world, and has been used by thousands of musicians, in all genres and flavors, to make game-changing music for the last 25 years or so.

These will retain value long after you have purchased one, and the majority of the units still command prices of 2k+ because they were masterfully assembled by a small, yet dedicated group of Japanese-genius-wizards of the highest quality.
March 17, 2012 @ 10:56 pm
@cosway Probably because there are a finite number of them and they aren't exactly what you would call 'reasonably priced'.
December 28, 2011 @ 8:32 pm
Getting a dance track to sit right all hinges on the kick & bassline. Using sampled kicks can be tricky. Too thin, too high, too clicky etc.. When using a 909. The kick is a perfect reference for getting your bassline working. If its been right for hundreds of major releases then you cant go wrong. Your tracks are matching that classic dance sound straight away. Nothing worse than being told your track sounds ' like ' a dance track. It should just ' be ' a dance track. The 909 shouldnt be something you'll get as a treat later on. It's where it all begins.
December 28, 2011 @ 7:42 pm
Have had a 909 for about 6 years. Here's the deal. Nothing else is going to sound like it. However. It requires a lot of processing. No wonder people made tracks using practically this alone. It will eat up space in your mix rapid. Running the kick untreated isnt an option. Good compression required. Anybody who is doing dance music and doesnt own one should ask themselves, Why have I not got the machine that carved out the sound of house and is still of relevance today. Just get it. Your tracks get that instant genuine dance sound that you've probably been trying to recreate from samples.
November 13, 2011 @ 7:39 am
I have built a 909 clone using the Trevor Page 9090 boards and I am going to add a sequencer soon.

check out the demo songs on:

cheers Jef
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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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