6 thoughts on “Roland TR-909 Drum Machine Video Tutorial

  1. I actually wish the TR-909 didn’t cost so much. It has a good sound, it has a bunch out outs on the back, and it also has some features useful in my studio: Notably, it should be a good sync master. It has tape sync, so I can synchronize it to my Portastudio.

    My question: I know the 909’s little brother (the 707) had issues with issuing MIDI sync (or was it transmitting MIDI notes) while being a tape sync slave. Does the 909 have the same issue? I think this is an issue fixed in the 4.0 eprom.

    All of this is moot; I would consider buying one for $500, but for $3000, I can get a brand new TR-09 ($400), a QX5 for tape sync ($50 or so used; note that there is no new hardware which supports tape sync), a Drumbrute Impact (if nothing else, it’s a really nice sequencer for $300, and, yes I like its sounds), a Korg Kross 61 for a decent full-sized keybed and pretty much any “bread and butter sound” ($750), a really good reverb (Big Sky/Eventide Space/Empress Reverb/Ventris Dual Reverb/OTO Machines BAM; price varies but let’s call it $500), another good synthesizer for $500 (Blofeld, Roland JD-Xi, SE-02, 0-Coast, or Moog Minitaur), and a Tascam DP32-SD Portastudio ($500).

  2. Manufacturers are just picking up on the fact we need eight outs on serious music gear as most studios are of course built around mixing desks and seperate outputs are necessary for seperation.Even akais Mpc Live has only six outs.
    We are seeing a return to form with the Roland Tr8s. Give us outs on gear and you will sell more.

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