Behringer RD-909 is an affordable Roland TR-909 replica
The Behringer RD-909 is the latest in their range of legendary analog remakes, and they’ve just announced the retail price.
We recently covered the announcement of Behringer’s most recent legendary Drum Machine replica, the Roland TR-909. Behringer have just announced that they have launched the pre-production stage of their new analog drum machine. This means we have official images of the final layout of the new Behringer RD-909, alongside the projected retail price.
Firstly, let’s have a look at some of the feature additions that Behringer will be adding to the classic drum machine’s design. The new Behringer RD-909 sees a new drive and pitch parameter on the Bass Drum and what look like a tune parameter to the Hi-hat channel. The original TR-909 had a row of grid lines above the sequencer pads, which Behringer have done away with in favour of some more advanced controls such as note-repeat and auto-roll each with varying settings.
The RD-909 introduces some random and varying probability controls to the classic TR-909 design, through shift functions on the sequencer pads.
What is the Wave Designer?
In our previous article announcing the Behringer RD-909 we mentioned the introduction of a feature going by a teaser image that Behringer had posted on their Facebook page. Well, we have some more clarity on what the Wave Designer actually is. It’s an emulation of SPL’s legendary Transient Designer effect which allows you to shape the classic sound of the TR-909 without any outboard gear or software processing.
The official retail price on the Behringer RD-909 is projected at USD $299 (Around R4200 Excl. duties), and they are yet to announce a release date, however their aim is to be shipping the unit by mid 2019.
We recently covered the teaser release of the Behringer RD-909, check that out here.
Here’s Uli Behringer’s official announcement thread on Gearslutz.