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TR-09, TB-03: Roland Drum Machines Are Back

TR-09, TB-03: Roland Drum Machines Are Back

The legends are back. The cult TR-909 turned into Roland Boutique TR-09 and the most popular bass synth of all times – TB-303 – is now called TB-03. Both instruments follow each feature of their famous predecessors copying not only circuitry logic but looks and interface as well. You’ll definitely recognize those knobs and buttons on the front panel and will be happy to use the same functions.

The sound of the two synthesizers is emulated with the help of ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) technology, i.e. the hardware is completely different from the original one – so these are kind of unique products on the market now comparing to other modern clones of old Roland drum machines. But in this case the introduction of new technologies is a good thing: the devices offer a 4-channel audio output via USB (besides the classic analog mini jack which receives a mastered sound) and thanks to the fine compatibility of all the Boutique series instruments they can be easily integrated with K-25 keyboards. And of course, TR-09 and TB-03 offer MIDI ins/outs as well as MIDI via USB support.

TR-09, Rhythm Composer, or a rhythm arranger allows creating of drum parts comprising bass drum, snare, low+mid+hi toms, adding clap, hi-hat, cymbals and stack them into a 64-step sequencer. There’s also a possibility of sending CV signals to external instruments.

TR-03, Bass Line is a bass synthesizer capable of detailed editing of an instrument the sound of which is modeled with a sawtooth or square waveform affected by resonance, cutoff frequency, envelope modulation, delay and decay effects adjusting. There’s also an overdrive function. You can send the signals to external devices (CV/ Gate Out) as well as receive control information (Trigger IN) which allows us to use TR-09 and TB-03 together and to connect it to other synthesizers.

Роланд TR-09Роланд TB-03

Published: 08:54 12.09.2016
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