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Roland TR-09 boutique

 Rhythm Composer (2016)



OVERVIEW The digital portable remake of the iconic Roland TR-909 (Tadao Kikumoto) in a limited edition called "boutique" with  ACB – Analog Circuit Behavior technology at  24 bit / 96 kHz which emulates both analog and digital PCM samples (hi hat, ride e crash).
Of course years have passed and Roland also added some extra features like USB, more memory and total accent.

PERCUSSION Like the original beast, the Tr09 features basically 11 percussions with pots for tweaking:

Analog family:
- Bass Drum : tune sets the pitch  / decay sets the lenght / attack adds a click at the beginning 
- Low tom : 
pitch sets the tuning  / decay sets the relative lenght
- High tom : 
pitch same as low tom but with different range  / decay sets the relative lenght
- Mid tom : pitch same as low tom but with different range / decay sets the relative lenght
- Handclap : 
no controls
- Snare Drum : tune sets the pitch / tone emphasizes the VCF filter and the total decay / snappy sets the amount of white noise
- Rim Shot : 
no controls

Digital family:
- Hi-Hat (open) : decay makes a long open sound / tune sets the pitch 
- Hi-Hat (close):  channel-shared with opened hihat circuit they canno be played at same time 
- Crash : tune sets the pitch of the sample 
- Ride : tune sets the pitch of the sample


Sequencer & Memory

SEQUENCER  famous 16 steps or tapping method. with internal or external clock sync.
There are 3 main sequencer functions that enhance the pattern groove:
- ACCENT: makes a specific step louder for a single instruments or all
- SHUFFLE: swings the beat for a more human rhythms
- FLAME: adds a syncope on a step. It does not apply to: rimshot, claps, hihats, crash and ride.

MEMORY 96 patterns (2 banks x 3 groups x 16 patterns) and 8 Tracks (2 banks x 4 tracks)

 Technical Data

Roland TR-09 Specs

Memory User Memory
Patterns: 96 (2 banks x 3 groups x 16 patterns)
Tracks: 8 (2 banks x 4 tracks)
Kit: 1
Steps 16 steps with 16 sub steps
Instruments Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Low Tom
Mid Tom
Hi Tom
Rim Shot
Hand Clap
Closed/Open Hi Hat
Crash Cymbal
Ride Cymbal
Controllers Volume knob
Start button
Sop/Cont button
Last Step button
Scale button
Shuffle/Flam button
Clear button
Instrument Select button
Shift button
Total Accent knob
Tempo dial
Track 1-4 buttons
Pattern 1-3 buttons
Comp button
Tempo button
Back button
FWD button
Available Meas button
Cycle/Guide button
Menu button
Enter button
Main keys 1-16 (16 step buttons)
Bass Drum: Tune, Level, Attack, Decay knobs
Snare Drum: Tune, Level, Tone, Snappy knobs
Low/Mid/Hi Tom: Tune, Level, Decay knobs
Rim/Clap: Level knob
Hi Hat: Level, CH Decay, OH Decay knob
Crash Cymbal: Level, Crash Tune knob
Ride Cymbal: Level, Ride Tune knob
Effects Compressor
Indicators 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
Scale LED
Connectors Trigger Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm mono
Phones: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo
Output: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo
Mix In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo
MIDI In/Out: 2x 5-pin DIN
USB Port: micro-USB (Type-B, Audio/MIDI)
Power Supply Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
USB bus power
Current Draw 500 mA (USB bus power)
Battery Life (approx.) Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours
Dimensions (W x D x H) 12.1 x 5.1 x 2.0" / 30.8 x 13.0 x 5.1 cm
Weight 34.6 oz / 980.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14 x 7.1 x 3.8"

Roland TR09

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