Roland TR-09 Rhythm Performer

 
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Introducing the Roland TR-09: The Legendary TR-909 Sound Now in the Palm of Your Hand!

The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard—and felt—more than three decades after it was launched. Now, the 909 sound is available as part of the Roland Boutique series in the form of the TR-09. Featuring the same front-panel layout and user interface of the original, the TR-09 is powered by Roland’s ACB technology, delivering the speaker-pummelling power of the TR-909 in a super-affordable and portable format.

Offering precise control over an array of drum parameters and the ability to keep playing when switching modes, the TR-09 may be compact, but it still has the power to move people. Studio sessions are well catered for too, with four separate outputs via USB audio, external instrument control via a trigger output, and USB MIDI.

The original TR-909 blended analog kick, snare, and tom drums with six-bit samples for the hi-hats and cymbals. This hybrid approach to sound generation meant that the 909 sounded like no other drum machine. Accurately recreating such an influential sound while retaining the ability to edit and tweak the various parameters is only possible via Roland’s ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, which is also found in the popular AIRA series.

Classic TR-REC Sequencer with Enhanced
Functions Dedicated TR-909 users will recognize the classic TR-REC style of programming found in the TR-09, with a choice of Step or Tap write modes. You can even change modes while the pattern continues  playing, something not possible on the original. The TR-09 sequencer has 16 steps, and each has 16 sub-steps so you can fine-tune your performances. And just like the original TR-909, the Shuffle/Flam   parameter can be selected using the buttons—but if you need greater control, simply use the display and rotary encoder to perfect your pattern.

Connect with External Gear
The TR-09 is designed to easily connect with other gear. The main stereo mini-jack output can also be reconfigured to send the selected instrument to the right channel, with the other instruments output to the left. A mix input routes external audio through the main outputs, while the trigger output lets the TR-09 drive vintage analog synths such as the SH-101 or JX-3P, or modern gear like the current SYSTEM-500 modular series. Sync and control other gear via standard MIDI ports or USB, and even send the audio of four individual drum parts via USB to continue working in your favorite DAW.   

Battery or USB Bus Power
Some of the best music is made away from the studio, so the Roland Boutique series runs on 4 x AA batteries, ready for when inspiration strikes. Alternatively, you can power the TR-09 with USB bus power. USB Audio Interface for Direct Recording to Your DAW Via its USB port, the TR-09 also functions as a high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface, providing a simple and reliable way of recording directly to your DAW application. You can even send individual drums to separate channels, thanks to the TR-09’s four discrete outputs over USB. Saving your favorite settings and sequencer patterns is easy too, via the USB data backup function.

Features:
  • Ultra-compact recreation of the iconic TR-909 drum machine   
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-909
  • Hands-on control over many parameters, including tune, level, decay, etc.  
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • Continue playing beats even while switching between write and play modes
  • Four separate outputs via USB audio
  • Trigger output for controlling external instruments equipped with trigger input
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • 24-bit/96 kHz stereo IN/OUT USB audio interface
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional K-25m Keyboard Unit 909 Power via Roland’s ACB Technology   


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Things You Will Get:

  • TR-09 Rhythm Performer
  • Owner's Manual

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5.0

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5.0

So much fun in a small package

By 

from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

Just recently got to sit down and play with thing and it is incredibly fun. It's really hard to believe all the things you can do with such a small instrument. Sequence drums and tweak them on the fly, the TR-09 has lots to offer and is surprisingly very easy to use.

 
5.0

Compact beat machine

By 

from Lombard, IL

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Great sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live performance
    • Studio recording

    This beat machine can produce a wide variety of sounds. It's packed with all the original sounds from the TR-909 but with more options and adjustability to dial in the exact sound you're looking for. Use it to make beats on the fly or use it in the studio and record your signature style.

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    5.0

    TR909 is back!

    By 

    from Cincinnati, OH

    Staff Reviewer

    These were always great back in the day..and still are with this new module! Fun, exciting and still can take you back! Pair it up with the other Roland modules and you can get REALLY creative!!!

     
    5.0

    Great Classic Drum Machine!

    By 

    from sam ash nyc

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • easy to use
    • fun to play
    • sounds great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • demoing
      • recording

      This drum machine is too cool. All of the classic features with modern upgrades. Easy to use and fun to play! I would recommend to a friend.

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      Dimensions 1.84"H x 12"W x 5.12"D
      Weight 2.13 lbs.
      Warranty Info:

      The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.