Propellerhead Software ReBirth RB-338

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The ReBirth RB-338 could not have been released nor invented at any better time! The original aimed to emulate and recreate the sound, look and feel of two TB-303's and one TR-808. Released just when those very machines were both in demand, hard to find and very expensive; for little under $200 ReBirth gave any Mac or PC user access to those famous dance sounds. Soon after came the RB-338 which added the TR-909 to the mix making the ReBirth package one of the best and most affordable means of acquiring vintage Roland 303, 808 and 909 sounds!

First, there are two identical TB-303s, a TR-808 and a TR-909 which all sound incredibly like the originals (without the noise, static and crackles that the analog circuitry generated). Each 303, 808 or 909 can store 32 patterns and each pattern length is variable from 1 to 16 steps. All the same edit knobs from the originals are here and can be recorded into your songs in real-time! There are also distortion, compression, panning, delay effects and a PCF filter.

Programming patterns into each section is almost as faithful a reproduction of the originals as is their appearance. Only one Song or Mix can be created at a time, however all parameter tweaks, effect changes, pattern changes and so on can be recorded to the song in real time or in step mode. ReBirth is without a doubt the most intuitive, classic, realistic and faithful emulation of classic Roland gear with amazing flexibility and tonal control. Although ReBirth may be best suited for Acid-House music production, amateurs and professionals alike are already using ReBirth for extra and easy 303 lines, drum beats or entire tracks! ReBirth is compatible with most current sequencers via MIDI sync. An added bonus to ReBirth is a quasi-open architecture that allows users to revamp the graphics and drum samples to create their own Mods, the best of which Propellerhead provides on their web site. ReBirth has been used by Juno Reactor, Stoker and AntiLoop.

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Audio Clip 1 TB-303 emulation by ReBirth, from the Future Music CD, issue 59.
Audio Clip 2 Sample song made on the wonderful ReBirth. It's so cool!
Audio Clip 3 Another song made with ReBirth, from the Future Music CD, issue 63.


Polyphony - 303s: Monophonic; 808: 11 voices; 909: 11 voices
Effects - Shuffle, Delay, PCF filter, Compression, Distortion
303 - Tune, Cutoff, Resonance, Envelope, Decay, Accent
808 - Bass, Snare, Low / Mid / Hi Tom, Low / Mid / Hi Conga, RimShot, Clave, HandClap, ClosedHat, OpenHat, Cymbal, CowBell, Accent
909 - Bass, Snare, Low / Mid / Hi Tom, RimShot, HandClap, ClosedHat, OpenHat, Crash, Ride, Accent
Keyboard - None
Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 32 patterns per synth section; 1 song
Control - MIDI / Sync
Date Produced - 1997