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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.

Sibling Rivalry
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

Hardware Integration

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.

Lifetime Keys
To install an instrument with a Lifetime Key, you must have a Roland Account. To create your Roland Account, download Roland Cloud Manager, create an account/log in, download your instrument, and redeem your Lifetime Key.

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Maximum Polyphony
  • 11 voices
Sampling Frequency
  • 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Step Sequencer
  • 11 instrument parts
  • 16 steps per 1 measure
  • 8 (A - H) variations per 1 pattern
Memories per bank
  • 128 memories 
  • User can make new user banks
INST tone
  • HI TOM
Memories per bank
  • 128 patterns
  • 128 memories
  • *User can make new user banks'
  • Plug-In Formats
  • VSTi 2.4 (64-bit)* Windows only
  • VSTi 3.6 (64-bit)
  • AU

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System Requirements (macOS)
  • Operating System
  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • Host Application
  • VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
    Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
  • AAX format is supported in Pro Tools or Pro Tools | Ultimate
  • CPU
  • Intel Core i5 or better
  • RAM
  • 2GB or more
  • Hard Disk
  • 400 MB or more
  • Display/Colors 1280 x 800 or higher/16.7 million colors or more
  • Other
  • You'll need Internet connectivity to authenticate this software
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • This does not work with the Windows RT
  • This does not work with the Windows Phone
  • This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC or Boot Camp
  • Host Application
  • VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
  • AAX format is supported in Pro Tools or Pro Tools | Ultimate
  • CPU
  • Intel Core i5 or better
  • RAM
  • 2 GB or more
  • Hard Disk
  • 400 MB or more
  • Display/Colors
  • 1280 x 800 or higher, 24-bit full color or more
  • Other
  • You'll need Internet connectivity to authorize this software
  • You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help