Behringer head honcho Uli Behringer says that their Roland TR-909 clone, the RD-909, is coming in early 2019, with a target price of $299:
We have now entered TMS or Tool Made Sample stage which is one stage before pre-production.
We have now built 10 units for final testing to ensure everything is perfect.
What you cannot see on the current artwork is that we have added even more functionality. One of our engineers came up with a brilliant idea to allow the sequencer also modulate the Analog Filter and Wave Designer.
We still need to ask for your patience as it will still take several more months to ship the product. The guys here are very excited and work hard to speed up as much as possible!
We’re still targeting US$ 299 retail (depending on import tariffs).
Here’s another look at the ‘tool made samples’. These are advanced-stage prototypes, made using the same sort of materials and tools that will be used in production:
Here’s an overview of the RD-909 from Knobcon. This was an earlier prototype of the RD-909:
What do you think of a 909 drum machine for $299? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!