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Roland TR-09 Rhythm Composer

The Legendary TR-909 Sound 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.

Roland TR-09 key 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.
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment.
  • Compatible with optional K-25m Keyboard Unit.

909 Power via Roland’s ACB Technology

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 recognise 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.

USB Audio Interface for Direct Recording to Your DAW

Via its USB port, the TR-09 also functions as a high-quality 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.

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.

Roland TR-09 Rhythm Composer Specifications

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
STOP/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 jack: Mono miniature phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
MIX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: Micro-B type (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)
Expected battery life under continuous use
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours
* This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.

 

Accessories
Owner's Manual
DK-01 Owner's Manual
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

 

Size and Weight:
Width: 308 mm / 12-1/8 inches
Depth: 130 mm / 5-1/8 inches
Height: 51 mm / 2-1/16 inches
Weight: 980 g / 2 lbs 3 oz

The TR-09 Box Includes:
(1) Roland TR-09 Rhythm Composer
(1) TR-09 Owner's Manual
(1) DK-01 Owner's Manual
(1) Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
(4) Alkaline batteries (AA, LR6)