Behringer has announced that their RD-9 Rhythm Designer – a new drum machine design, based on the classic Roland TR-909, is now shipping:
“RD-9 is now finally shipping. We’re sorry that it has taken much longer than we had anticipated but Covid plus the current global supply chain challenges didn’t make it easier.
Compared to the earlier version, the RD-9 has been completely redesigned with many new features added. We’re very proud of the RD-9 and can’t wait to hear all your feedback.
We also like to thank the many wonderful beta testers who helped us with valuable feature suggestions and to ensure the product is now in perfect shape.
Please be aware that it’ll take some time to fill the huge backorders we have on hand. Thank you for all your patience and support.”
The RD-9 was originally announced in 2017, as the RD-909 drum machine. We shared an early look at the drum machine in 2018, with a preview from Knobcon:
At that time, Behringer was still calling it the RD-909 and positioning it as more of a 909 clone.
In late 2018, company head Uli Behringer announced that the RD-909 would be coming in early 2019, with a target price of $299. The company delayed the release multiple times, though, attributing the most recent delay to the MIDI problems that users encountered with the company’s RD-8 drum machine.
In January of this year, Behringer re-introduced the drum machine as the RD-9, and shared this official overview:
The Behringer RD-9 Drum Machine is clearly inspired by the Roland TR-909, but it updates the design with modern features like USB MIDI; incorporates some standard mods, like additional tuning parameters; and adds effects like the Wave Designer and a filter.
It also offers ‘Authentic’ and ‘Enhanced’ modes:
- 11 drum sounds with additional parameters and global accent capability
- 64-step drum sequencer supports poly-meter, step-repeat, note-repeat, real-time triggering, track-mute and track-solo
- 10 independent analog outputs for external processing or recording your rhythms as multi-track audio
- Integrated FX bus features Wave Designer and dual-mode Analog Filter with per voice assignment
- Live recording, editing and playback of analog filter cutoff via automation
- Storage of up to 16 songs and 256 patterns, all of which can be imported/exported during playback for unlimited songs and patterns
- Pattern Mode allows arrangement of patterns into full songs and setting number of repeats per song part
- Song Mode allows chaining songs together for live sets and expanded compositions
- Auto Scroll feature enables improvisation in all modes
- MIDI In/Out/ Thru plus USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
- Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
- Encoder for editing parameters such as Tempo, Swing, Probability, Flam and Random
- LED display for easy editing of program parameters
- Headphone and main outputs on 1/4″ connectors
Pricing and Availability
The RD-9 is shipping now, priced at $349 USD.
Note: While the company has announced that the RD-9 is shipping, it’s likely to take months to become widely available, because of backorders and current manufacturing limitations.