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Roland TR-909

Roland TR-909

That kick, that snare, that clap, that rim-shot... well maybe not that rim-shot! It is pretty special running this beatbox live in a mix, that kick on its own will be making thousands of clubbers dance each weekend!
For years I made do (like most people) with samples of this machine but you just don't get that 'tweakability' with samples, messing around with the knobs while this thing is running is all part of the fun.

The sounds can be triggered using MIDI, which is how I use it and it can be externally synced using Sync24, a signal on tape or to MIDI clock. Patterns can be stored on a memory cartridge if you fill its own memory and loads of individual outs make it a very versatile box of tricks.

As with the TR808, after you have listened to so many tracks that use one of these and have given you a great deal of enjoyment, actually owning and using one yourself is pretty cool, it does give you a real buzz.