Would you pay $1.99 for a (virtual) Roland TR-909?
That’s what the creators of nineOnine – a virtual TR-909 for iPad – are hoping. nineOnine is intended to emulate not only the sound of the classic TR-909, but also the logic of programming and saving rhythm patterns.
- 16 step drum sequencer
- 10 user defined presets
- 9 drum instruments
- 8 drum patterns (4 x 2 banks)
- 4 preset tracks
- Knob zoom for easier handling
- Effects rack (Reverb, Delay, BitCrush and Pan)
- Record and export loops in 16bit/44.1kHz stereo WAV format
While a couple of bucks for a virtual 909 sounds like a steal – nineOnine needs some additional features in order to become a no-brainer. MIDI features are missing in action and “Track Play is preset and can not be user defined.”
Developer Mirko Trkulja promises some significant enhancements with the next update, though, including:
- Knob automation
- Wi-Fi MIDI sync
- Full sound synthesis
- Step or Tap pattern write mode
- More patterns and presets
- User defined Track Play
These ‘enhancements’ seem like features that, at this point, should be part of just about any 1.0 music app.
At this point, even $1.99 doesn’t seem like a bargain for nineOnine. We’ll be interested to see how this app develops, though. If the feature set does mature, this could be a welcome addition to iOS musicians’ toolkit.