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Top 3 most exciting pieces of gear from Roland’s 909 Day celebration

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments

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Roland are reissuing the legendary TR-909 drum machine, the TR-09. Decades after it’s been launched the TR-909’s pulse can still be felt in music today, and now you have the chance to have the legendary 909 sound in your own hands.

The Legendary TR-909 Sound in the Palm of Your Hand

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The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard—and felt—more than three decades after it was launched. Now, the 909 sound is available as part of the Roland Boutique series in the form of the TR-09. Featuring the same front-panel layout and user interface of the original, the TR-09 is powered by Roland’s ACB technology, delivering the speaker-pummelling power of the TR-909 in a super-affordable and portable format. Offering precise control over an array of drum parameters and the ability to keep playing when switching modes, the TR-09 may be compact, but it still has the power to move people. Studio sessions are well catered for too, with four separate outputs via USB audio, external instrument control via a trigger output, and USB MIDI.

Features

  • Ultra-compact recreation of the iconic TR-909 drum machine
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-909
  • Hands-on control over many parameters, including tune, level, decay, etc.
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • Continue playing beats even while switching between write and play modes
  • Four separate outputs via USB audio
  • Trigger output for controlling external instruments equipped with trigger input
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • 24-bit/96 kHz stereo IN/OUT USB audio interface
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional K-25m Keyboard Unit

TB-03 Bass Line

The Classic TB-303 Sound in the Palm of Your Hand

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The battery-powered TB-03 is a direct descendant of the famous TB-303 Bass Line Synth. The layout and controls are unchanged, so it works just like the original. It sounds like it too, thanks to Roland’s advanced ACB technology that recreates the hypnotic liquid grooves of the magic silver box. But the new TB-03 goes even further, with several enhancements not found on the original model. The four-digit LED display makes programming easier and more accurate, while overdrive and delay effects let you unleash a twisted, tribal wall of sound to send the crowd into a frenzy. Back in the studio, the TB-03 can send control information via MIDI or its USB port, the latter of which also functions as a 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface.

 

Features

  • Realistic recreation of the iconic TB-303 Bass Line synth
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TB-303
  • Hands-on control over expressive parameters, including cutoff, resonance, envelope mod, decay, and accent
  • New features not found on the original TB-303, including four-digit LED display, overdrive and delay effects, MIDI, fine tempo control, and additional functions for pattern creation
  • Programmable via classic Pitch, Time, and Step write modes
  • Continue playing a sequence even while switching between write and play modes
  • CV/Gate outputs for controlling vintage analog gear and modular synthesizers
  • Dedicated trigger input to drive the internal sequencer
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • 24 bit/96 kHz stereo IN/OUT USB audio interface
  • Control information can be sent and received via MIDI and USB
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional K-25m Keyboard Unit

SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

 

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Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with purchase (*). Split and layer synths for unheard of sounds, and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.

  • * JUNO-106 is scheduled for release in 2017.
  • * Support for SYSTEM-8 on previously released plug-out synths to be available soon.
  • Expandable synth with Roland’s advanced ACB technology.
  • Features
  • • Versatile performance synthesizer with advanced ACB technology and 49 full-size keys
  • • Internal sound engine delivers classic analog tones and dynamic modern sounds with analog vibe
  • • Hosts up to three PLUG-OUT synths; JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTs included (*)
  • • Advanced low-pass, high-pass, and side-band filters with high-resolution controls
  • • Massive real-time control with dedicated knobs, sliders, and buttons
  • • Polyphonic step sequencer with classic TR-REC style interface
  • • Arpeggio, vocoder, and polyphonic Chord Memory functions
  • • CV/Gate outputs for interfacing with modular synths and vintage gear
  • • Large selection of onboard effects with hands-on controls
  • • USB audio/MIDI interface and control surface mode
  • * JUNO-106 is scheduled for release in 2017.
  • * Support for SYSTEM-8 on previously released plug-out synths to be available soon.

 

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