The TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer is here. Following hot on the heels of the legendary TR-808, Roland Cloud is proud to bring you the software adaption of one of the most recognizable instruments in electronic dance music, the TR-909 Rhythm Composer! Analog-Digital Hybrid, Before It Was Even a Thing.
In 1983, Roland followed the massively influential TR-808 with the TR-909. Only around 10,000 were made, but the influence of this machine is heard, and felt, to this very day. Digital samples of “real drums” had become fashionable, but these sounds were not tweakable and, let’s be honest, still didn’t sound like real drums. So, Roland took a hybrid approach that used analog circuitry for the kick, snare, hi-hat, clap, and toms, and used digital sampling for the cymbals. The result was one of the most beloved and influential musical instruments ever made. It’s the sound you hear in your head when you think of speaker-pummeling, floor-shaking dance music.