EGDR909 Recreates The Roland TR-909 On Your iPad

elliot-garage-egdr909-909-drum-machineElliott Garage has released EGDR909, a drum machine that emulates the sound of the classic Roland TR-909.

The iPad virtual instrument lets you create tweak sounds and create beats, and supports Inter-App Audio, Audiobus, Core MIDI and clock MIDI.

You can also share your drum patterns with iTunes filse sharing or Audio Copy.


  • 16 steps sequencer, with variable length
  • 48 programmable rythm patterns
  • Save the pattern you’ve created and play your songs
  • Manual Play, Pattern Write and Pattern Clear mode
  • Drumkit pieces parameters control (tuning, decay and snappy)
  • Song Mode page (swipe to left to open) with loop option
  • Swing and tap tempo
  • Core MIDI & clock MIDI (network session, external controller, inter app midi)
  • Audiobus
  • Interapp (generator)
  • Export with iTunes, mail or Audio Copy
  • Korg Wist sync

Here’s a video demo of the EGDR909 in action:

EGDR909 is available in the App Store for US $2.99.

If you’ve used it, let us know what you think of it!

19 thoughts on “EGDR909 Recreates The Roland TR-909 On Your iPad

    1. Bought both apps. It’s not a faithful recreation of the interface because it switches you to a matrix mode instead of letting you use those buttons.

    2. Yep – if they can’t put the effort into audio or video demos, they probably won’t put effort into making and maintaining a good app.

    1. The problem isn’t with the developers. They come up with really cool stuff like TC-11 and Audulus and Lemur, and then people go apeshit over apps that mimic 80’s gear.

  1. Best thing my mate did was flog is ipad and he bought his first real drum machine.The tr8.
    Loves it ,and great to see what he learnt via software helping him with hardware.
    The sonic difference is the deal breaker on softsynths etc

      1. …don’t talk about things YOU don’t know! It’s not a controller, it’s a standalone Drummachine. Not analogue, but cool for it’s price.

        1. The TR-8 is a specialized micro computer inside a drum machine-shaped box. By changing the code in the TR8 Roland can add features and extend the sound set. If someone doesn’t like iPads or computers running softsynths, that’s cool, but don’t kid yourself that a dedicated computer designed to look like a keyboard or drum box is better. It can be but isn’t always.

      2. The tr8 is no more a soft synth tha, a midibox SiD, Acess Virus, waldorf etc . All of which sound amazing. The DSPs are dedicated to the machine unlike running a sound through you computers motherboard which isnt.

  2. i can see the benefits of someone learning tactile control and hardware manipulation, and the workflow of hardware with a tr-8 etc…. sure, but i don’t know if i’d toss an iPad for it… you would have to be pretty specialized at what you are trying to accomplish, as just a musical possibility instrument, the iPad offers so much from the great fx abilities to new paradigms of melodic creation, to a variety of sound engines etc…and that’s before you get to the bonus add ons like, i don’t know, being able to browse, stream, watch movies, get email, etc….. but of course having a dedicated interface in front of you is going to force you to learn it more then tapping on a screen…

  3. Will people ever get sick of the endless 808 and 909 recreations? I know I am. It’s like imagination ended, the day those machines were “rediscovered” by today’s retro-ironic hipsters.

    1. Well the 808 and 909 are iconic machines, they define house and electro. They are easy to use and instantly recognizable so I believe remakes and emulations will be around for a while.

  4. As an owner of an iPad AND an Access Virus TI, I can safely say that the Virus is a specialized soft synth. It’s a VERY good one, but that is what it is. The iPad is an amazing musical platform, and once you get over the normal overpriced status of Apple products, it’s a very cheap platform to work with too. I don’t expect an iPad synth to sound like the Virus, but I have some that cost me $5 that are not a whole hell of a lot less awesome than my nearly $3,000 Virus. It’s a no brainer, really. Tons of sound devices at your hands for much less than the cost of a top synth like the Virus. Go ahead and bust the bank on two or three synths. I’ll enjoy the dozens of soft synths I have while you are doing it.

  5. Respect to the awakening community here, for their posts. Overcoming conservatism & the past, to embrace the creative potential of the iPad. But, if papa stopped rolling like a stone & bought me some hardware, I too will surely be happy to have knobs to play with 😎

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