Behringer today shared an update on their long-delayed RD-9, a new drum machine based on the classic Roland TR-909.
Originally announced in 2017, the RD-9 builds on the original 909 by adding additional tone controls and USB MIDI connectivity. Behringer has said previously that they delayed the release of the RD-9 until they could resolve the MIDI problems of their RD-8, since the units share much of their firmware code.
Here’s what Behringer has to say about the RD-9:
“The RD-9 is a fresh new take on an iconic classic, fitted with our own custom made analogue components which have been carefully engineered and developed, giving a truly authentic sound. All whilst introducing new performance features, controls, and connectivity with modern-day musicians and producers in mind.
For those wanting to stay as true to the original sound as possible, the RD-9 offers both an enhanced mode and authentic mode, allowing the option to bypass newly introduced functions.
The RD-9 introduces the ability to control your tones even more by introducing pitch and pitch depth control of the bass drum and, also pitch control of the hi-hat. 3 controls never found on the original, however play a big part in helping you further dial in your desired sound.
This modern-day approach to this absolute classic gives you the best of both worlds. New sound or old sound? Enhanced mode or Authentic mode? The RD-9 lets you decide.”
Behringer says that they expect to begin shipping the RD-9 in the March-April 2021 timeframe.