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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67 Visitor comments
Dark Star
November 26, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
Just managed to finally get my hands on the mega rare jomox airbase 99.
Kills the 909 and 808 stone dead on all corners.
Sadly the airbase is rarer than an 808 or 909 !!
The only plus point of the TR boxes over the airbase is the hands on knobs and sequencer, but from a sound quality standpoint, the airbase is on another level.
November 11, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
Hi. I am looking to buy a Roland TR-909. I'm in Denmark, Europe. If you have one for sale please e-mail me:
Dark Star
October 25, 2012 @ 2:15 am
to be fair though the drumstation is pretty bang on with the right outboard....
Dark Star
October 15, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
There is nothing like a TR-909, never will be.
They have brought out boxes to sound like it, rival it, and beat it.
Never been done, never will be done not even the Jomox boxes.
There's something very special about a 909, whether its the analog circuits, the op amps, the D/A converter, or a combination of all those things, nothing will ever sound like one.
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.
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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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