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Roland TB-303

Monophonic Bass Synthesizer

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Roland TB-303
Roland TB-303
2 800.00 street price

Released in 1982, Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer was originally devised as an instrument for solo guitarists at rehearsal and bands which didn’t have a bass player. Besides, it was meant to accompany TR-606 drum machine. More than 30 years have passed since the release, and we can be sure that TB-303 is the best on the drum machine market.

The unique monophonic bass synthesizer combines a step sequencer featuring 64 patterns and 7 songs, a single analog oscillator with 2 waveforms: saw and square, a simple but efficient VCF filter with resonance, cutoff, and envelope control. On the front panel there are knobs for tempo change, release envelope and accent shift. In addition, there are connectors for a distortion pedal or an overdrive panel.

It is difficult to believe in the capabilities of VCO 1 generating 2 waves and skillfully causing a rhythmic earthquake. Thanks to TB-303, many electronic genres have been shaped: from acid to ambient.

Well-known users: Aphex Twin, 808 State, Future Sound of London, Massive Attack, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Air, Plastikman, Moby, Hardfloor, Underworld, BT, The Prodigy, Jimmy Edgar, Union Jack, Pet Line Boys , Freddy Fresh, Luke Vibert, The Chemical Brothers and many others.

Tags: analog synthesizer

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Bass Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Analogue (A) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Envelope Generator (EG)
Pattern Sequencer 
Max number of songs7
Preset patterns64
External controllers
CV/ Gate IN 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/8" (3.5mm)1
Impedance, headphones8 Ω
Voltage 9V
Height55 mm
Width300 mm
Depth146 mm
Weight1.000 kg
Production start1982
Production end1984
Production ended

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