Note: This is a download version of TR-909 only. This is not a physical copy.The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard — and felt — nea...Click To Read More About This Product
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Bring back those old-school beats in your modern DAW.
Note: This is a download version of TR-909 only. This is not a physical copy.
The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard — and felt — nearly four decades after it was launched. Now, the 909 is available as a software plug-in, delivering the speaker-pummeling power of the original with new features that extend its sonic capabilities and make programming faster and more fluid.
“Like the TR-808 before it, nobody could have predicted the reverence in which the TR-909 would eventually come to be held.” — Sound on Sound
Analog/Digital Hybrid, Before It Was Even a Thing
In 1983, Roland followed the massively influential TR-808 with the TR-909. Around this time, digital samples of acoustic drums had become fashionable, but the sounds in the available devices weren’t very adjustable. And let’s be honest — they still didn’t really sound like real drums. For the 909, Roland engineers took a hybrid approach that used tweakable analog circuitry for the kick, snare, clap and toms, while reserving digital sampling for the cymbals.
Only around 10,000 TR-909s were made, but the machine’s lasting impact is apparent on dancefloors to this day. Much like the TR-808’s dominance in rap and hip-hop, the TR-909 left an indelible mark on electronic music styles like techno, house, acid and industrial. It’s the sound you hear in your head when you think of floor-shaking dance music.
Plug In Your Own TR-909
In addition to faithfully modeling the TR-909’s analog circuitry, this software version uses the original sample ROM and models the early digital technology present in the vintage hardware. This attention to detail results in a fully authentic TR-909, with all the sonic characteristics that make it a perennial favorite of electronic and dance producers the world over. And the plug-in version also includes some groundbreaking new features for modern production:
• Overdrive the internal circuitry of the 909 for different flavors and styles
• The classic 909 step sequencer expands to show lanes for each drum instrument, so you can program faster and more fluidly
• Each pattern has eight variations for evolving sequences that keep things interesting
• Drag-and-drop audio or MIDI patterns directly from the 909 into a project
• Adjustable flams, sub-steps, and soft hits create detailed fills and ratcheted sequences
• Each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings, so you can play with timing, experiment with complex meters, and dial in just the right groove
The TR-909 software instrument integrates seamlessly with Roland's TR-8S Rhythm Performer and TR-09 Roland Boutique hardware. Transfer TR-8S patterns directly into the TR-909 plug-in, create beats on the go and send them back to the hardware, or use the TR-8S or TR-09 for direct hands-on control of the plug-in.
Join Roland Cloud today to access the hypnotic groove of the TR-909 as well as other iconic Roland instruments. Curious to hear what came before the 909? Check out its influential sibling, the iconic TR-808.
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