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... Read More
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 Boutique. Featuring the same front-panel layout and user interface of the original, the TR-09 Boutique is powered by Roland’s ACB technology, delivering the speaker-pummeling 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 Boutique 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.
909 Power via Roland’s ACB Technology
The original TR-909 blended analog kick, snare, and tom drums with six-bit samples for the hi-hats and cymbals. This hybrid approach to sound generation meant that the 909 sounded like no other drum machine. Accurately recreating such an influential sound while retaining the ability to edit and tweak the various parameters is only possible via Roland’s ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, which is also found in the popular AIRA series.
Classic TR-REC Sequencer with Enhanced Functions
Dedicated TR-909 users will recognize the classic TR-REC style of programming found in the TR-09 Boutique, with a choice of Step or Tap write modes. You can even change modes while the pattern continues playing, something not possible on the original. The TR-09 Boutique sequencer has 16 steps, and each has 16 sub-steps so you can fine-tune your performances. And just like the original TR-909, the Shuffle/Flam parameter can be selected using the buttons—but if you need greater control, simply use the display and rotary encoder to perfect your pattern.
Connect with External Gear
The TR-09 Boutique is designed to easily connect with other gear. The main stereo mini-jack output can also be reconfigured to send the selected instrument to the right channel, with the other instruments output to the left. A mix input routes external audio through the main outputs, while the trigger output lets the TR-09 Boutique drive vintage analog synths such as the SH-101 or JX-3P, or modern gear like the current SYSTEM-500 modular series. Sync and control other gear via standard MIDI ports or USB, and even send the audio of four individual drum parts via USB to continue working in your favorite DAW.
￼Battery or USB Bus Power
￼Some of the best music is made away from the studio, so the Roland Boutique series runs on 4 x AA ￼batteries, ready for when inspiration strikes. Alternatively, you can power the TR-09 Boutique with USB bus ￼power.
USB Audio Interface for Direct Recording to Your DAW
Via its USB port, the TR-09 Boutique also functions as a high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface, providing a simple and reliable way of recording directly to your DAW application. You can even send individual drums to separate channels, thanks to the TR-09 Boutique’s four discrete outputs over USB. Saving your favorite settings and sequencer patterns is easy too via the USB data backup function.
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Comments about Roland TR-09 Rhythm Performer:
As you all know, if you want an authentic TR-909 you're going to have to shell out around 3k. Roland saw the opportunity and decided to bring us an authentic reissue! Now I'm not going to go into specs and purists are always going to say something that isn't the original but check it out, even if you get an original TR-909, they all sound a bit different. With that said...
This thing sounds great. You're going to recognize the sounds immediately off the bat and be in awe with the fact you have a reissued TR-909 on your desk. Of course each sound/sample sounds GREAT! Authentic to my ears. The ACB technology is great; you'll really notice the ACB and how it works when you mess with the fine tuning such as the the attack/decay on the kick or the snap/tune of the snare, etc. It has little nuances to replicate the original and to me, it's a modern classic. The sounds are A+
Cons: Difficult Learning Curve. Roland decided to keep it as true to the original as possible and if you've have a TR-909 or seen videos, you're going to see that they kept the programming to be true. There's alot of butting pushing and memorization to be done to even simply input a beat pattern. For me, I learned easy within a day or 2 to perfect it and I can even make beats live on the go. But for some, it might be difficult. It's like using and old computer.
All in all, you can use this in the studio or live and it's going to be a great addition no matter what. It now has Midi that obviously the original didn't have before so you can sync up to live gear. You can change the Midi clock from internal or to sync to another piece of gear. [I currently sync to a Volca Sample]
Do I suggest it? Yes. Even if the sounds aren't going to be used on every track of yours, it's way better to have it then searching through samples of TR-909s. This is the real deal. If you can, get it.
I'm planning on getting the TB-03 and I got a little hint from Roland on Twitter there might be a TR-08. Maybe on 808 day
Comments about Roland TR-09 Rhythm Performer:
I use it to create classical hiphop styled beats. Roland needs to make a TR-08 to have a portable TR-808.