At Knobcon 2018, we talked with Behringer about their upcoming RD-909 drum machine, an updated clone of the classic Roland TR-909.
Behringer was showing their initial 3D-printed model for the RD-909, which is used in the process of validating their design choices and for testing out the ‘feel’ of the box. It has circuit boards in it – but they were not demoing it because the circuity and firmware are are still early in development.
Behringer was showing the RD-909 to get feedback on their initial design.
RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-909 Features (preliminary):
- Recreation of one of the most sought after and influential drum machines
- 10 original drum sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom, Mid Tom, High Tom, Rim-Shot, Hand-Clap, Cymbal, Open-Hat, Closed-Hat
- Complete control over voice dynamics with per voice accent and flam
- 64-step sequencer with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs with continuously variable swing
- Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
- Integrated dual mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
- 10 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
- Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
- 16 authentic step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
- Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
- Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
- Unique Auto Scroll feature for extremely easy operation
- Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
- Per-Track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
- Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
- Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
- 3-Year Warranty Program
Note: These are preliminary and subject to change. Behringer published these on their site last year, but has since taken down the page.
They were also showing a pre-production sample of their RD-808 808 clone, which was playable:
Additional details on pricing and availability are still to be announced.