The first 100% authentic TR-909 emulation finally comes to DAWs
Roland just released the first-ever 100% authentic plugin emulation of their highly sought-after TR-909, available on the Roland Cloud.
The TR-909 became famous for being Roland’s first analog-digital hybrid drum machine. Introducing, what was at the time, “state-of-the-art” digital samples into the already famous analog design of its predecessors. It never quite managed to steal the spotlight away from the TR-808, however it remains an icon in synthesizer and drum machine history thanks to great artists such as Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy and Faithless.
Thanks to Roland’s “next-generation” circuit modelling technology, they’ve managed to digitally recreate the original circuit of the TR-909. breathing new life into the tried-and-trusted sound. Roland have resampled the legendary sample memory from the original TR-909, giving it that extra level of authenticity.
Aside from the original features, there are some exciting new ones – in-line with the new Roland recreations.
The new recreation of the TR-909 introduces a handy expandable sequencer view, allowing you to widen your view to access all eight tracks in your sequencer simultaneously. You have control over the swing, adjustable flams and sub-steps, for creating evolving patterns. The “last-step” feature also allows for very interesting polyrhythm patterns, which can be dragged and dropped into your DAW for easy editing.
Roland have also introduced a very interesting feature, specifically for TR-8S owners. Now you have the ability to send patterns and other information between the TR-909 software plugin and TR-8S Rhythm Performer. They’ve also built both systems around the ability to control all the parameters of the TR-909 software via the TR-8S panel.
If you’re keen to try out the software, Roland is offering a 30-day FREE trial. If you’re a Roland Cloud monthly subscriber, you should have access. Otherwise you’re looking at USD $19.95 (Around R240) for a full membership, giving you access to all of Roland’s legendary software recreations.