Boys Noize talks about that despite being able to make the "acid" sound with plugins, the original TB-303 has a character that cannot quite be replicated. "You can make acid with a lot of plugins too. I think the filters of the 303 are what really make it special. I haven't heard any one going as soft. And then what I like to do is put the 303 through a distortion pedal, which in this case is an OTO pedal."more
The Only One !
Play It Again For Moby, selecting a piano sound is also an intuitive process, and he is reluctant to offer any reasons why he might have chosen one sound source rather than any other. "Sometimes I use acoustic piano Everything Is Right As I browsed through the sleeve notes on Moby's albums I noticed that the gear lists documented in the 1995 release Everything Is Wrong are almost identical to his current setup. Could it really be possible that this successful musician had no spare cash to spend on new studio gear during the last four years? "From Everything Is Wrong until now I've bought a vocoder and a new sampler and that's about it. On the one hand I'd love to get a bunch of new equipment, but on the other hand there's something to be said for working with equipment with which I'm comfortable. I'm thinking that at some point I will actually switch over and get a full Pro Tools setup and start doing things more in the computer, but for this record I didn't feel compelled to do that." MOBY GEAR Apple Mac running Steinberg Cubase sequencer. Soundcraft Spirit 24:8:2 desk. Alesis ADAT digital multitracks. SAMPLERS Akai S950. Akai S1000. Akai S3000. Akai S3200. SYNTHS/KEYBOARDS Casio CZ101. Emu Proformance piano module. Oberheim Matrix 1000. Roland Juno 106. Roland Jupiter 6. Serge Modular Synth. Waldorf Pulse Plus. Yamaha SY22. Yamaha SY35. Yamaha SY85. PROCESSORS Dbx 160XT Compressor. Eventide DSP4000. Soundlab Vocoder. Yamaha SPX900. SEQUENCERS & DRUM MACHINES Roland TB303. Roland TR606. Roland TR909. Roland TR808. OTHER EQUIPMENT Hafler Pro 5000 Power Amp. Technics 1200 turntables. Ibanez Electric Guitar. Fender Precision Bass. , sometimes I use the Pro Piano -- it doesn't really matter to me where I get the sounds from. The main piano on this song I think was the Emu Proformance piano module, but there are two pianos on there and the other one, I think, is off an old Yamaha synth." Following the piano chords, Moby introduced the main drum part, programmed on a Roland TR909. To complement the drums a sampled breakbeat taken from a hip-hop record was laid on top, with its tempo adjusted to suit the song's rhythm. Moby: "I never time-stretch really. I don't care about changing the pitch. If I have a drum sample and want it to be a little bit faster, I just speed it up and sacrifice the original pitch. I've never understood why people worry so much about maintaining the original pitch. If you slow it down the pitch gets lower, if you speed it up the pitch gets higher -- big deal!" Surprisingly, all the string pad parts of 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?', which can be heard washing into the first verse behind the vocal, were played on Moby's ageing Yamaha SY22 and SY85 synths. Moby's basic, yet effective approach to his string arrangement is mirrored by his minimal use of effects on the track. "The only effects I use are an SPX900 reverb on the piano and the vocals, and a little bit of delay when the verse comes back in and after the first chorus." A second vocal line used in a 'question and answer' style (repeating 'Why does my heart...' after the main line) is introduced after the first chorus, with a grungy sound achieved by resampling the main line at a lower bandwidth before passing it through a high-pass filter. This work was done when Moby made the original sample several years before. The part was finally treated to some delay and heavy EQ during the mix. The last main element to be added to the composition was the simple sub-bass line which underpins the track. This part was also played by Moby, this time using a Roland Juno 106 synth. Arrangement Having assembled the basic elements of 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?', Moby's next move was to concentrate on the song's arrangement. "Compositionally it's quite a simple song. The verses are four chords -- A minor, E minor, G major, D major -- then the chorus is C major to A minor and then F major to C major, and that's pretty much the whole song. So once I had the basics written it was just a matter of arranging it and adding little elements, like in the second verse a ride cymbal is introduced and there's the second call-and-response vocal." Through the process of working by himself in just one location, Moby could switch back and forth between writing, arranging and mixing without worrying about studio time or the schedules of producers, musicians and engineers. Moby explains the method. "The subtle arrangement stuff tends to take me a long time until I'm really happy with it. In most cases on this record I would work on something and develop it as an idea and then work on it over the next couple of months -- just fine-tuning it. The difference between the finished version of a song and the original version of the song can be really marginal. 'Natural Blues' took me about a year to work on but the finished version sounds almost identical to the original." It may seem strange that songs which have so few basic elements and a minimal production require such a long period of arrangement time, but Moby's reasons for taking his time have developed from 15 years of working almost exclusively by himself. "I recognise that my perspective on a piece of music will change drastically over time. Sometimes I'll work on a piece and think it's the greatest thing I've ever done then go back to it a week later and think it's terrible -- and vice versa. In terms of evaluating my work, I have to build in quite a lot of time, because my objectivity can be compromised quite easily. If I give myself a couple of months after everything's done that's enough to figure out whether things are as good or as bad as I imagined them to be."more
In this [article from *Trash Audio*](http://trashaudio.com/2013/06/workspace-environment-venetian-snares/), Venetian describes his ideal work station: "A big perfect room with maybe a [Funktion-One](http://equipboard.com/items/funktion-one-ff6000-dj-mixer) system for mains, or something clear and bangin. An old building with loads of empty rooms to use as reverbs. For about a year I had a good setup at an ex girlfriend’s place at her kitchen table. A laptop and a few little synths like an [SE-1](http://equipboard.com/items/studio-electronics-se-1), a 303, one of those little original Evolvers and a [Sid Station](http://equipboard.com/items/sid-station). I liked that setup, was mobile."more
Cant get enough of it, even though we don't use that much anymore
"So in taking the Jacques Greene project live you’ve expanded the music out over hardware equipment, with two people performing it. Can you run us through the equipment you are using? We’re running an AKAI MPC as the main clock for our drum machines and sequencers, as well as a sampler/MIDI sequencer. We have this modern analog clone of the Roland TR-808 called the Acidlab Miami as well as a TR-909 running the bulk of the drums during the show. Andrew plays a lot of the main chords and melodies on his Akai Miniak, and we also have a Dave Smith Tetra, two racks of analog modular synthesizer and a Roland TB-303. The entire rig runs through a board and a bunch of effect pedals. Yes it’s as complicated and as occasionally frustrating as it sounds."more
"To me, bits of gear like the Atari, the [S950](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-s950-midi-digital-sampler) and the (TB-)303 are just as ground breaking and important as the [Telecaster](http://equipboard.com/items/fender-telecaster) and the [Vox](http://equipboard.com/items/vox-ac30-guitar-combo-amp) amp." - [Fat Boy Slim](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/interview-fatboy-slim-on-going-digital-as-a-dj-and-as-a-producer-546858).more
Nick Taylor asks Ceephax in this [article from *Smart Shanghai*](http://www.smartshanghai.com/articles/nightlife/inside-the-dayglo-mind-of-ceephax-acid) “OK some nerdy gear questions. How much kit you bringing over to Shanghai? Is it not a huge pain in the arse to travel with all that stuff?” To which Ceephax replies “I'm bringing my flotilla of Roland hardware [TR-707](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-707-rhythm-composer), [TR-909](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-909-rhythm-composer), [SH-101](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-sh-101-synthesizer), TB-303, and my [Ensoniq SQ-80](http://equipboard.com/items/ensoniq-sq-80).”more
During a studio tour with Future Music Magazine, Steve Mac says [@ 10:30] about his Roland TB-303: “My battered TB-303. I recently had some of the buttons replaced on it, they were double triggering. We still use it every now and then. I did a couple of tracks recently with it. That's why the sit in the corner, you pull them out every now and again."more
According to a [blog post](http://www.rolandus.com/blog/2013/03/28/tb-303-acid-flashback/) on Roland's site: "...notoriously difficult to program and producing a less-than-authentic acoustic sound, the 303 was swiftly relegated to a curiosity in second-hand music stores, where it languished for years—right up until Phuture, a trio of under-funded Chicago musicians, picked one up for a giveaway price and set about experimenting." This instrument eventually gave them the "303" addition to their name.more
Roland TB-303 Bass Line About: Liam Howlett have had several of these over the years. There has been at least two competitions with Liams 303 as a prize for winner. I bet he still has at least one. He has it connected to the Kenton MIDI Box which converts the CV signal into MIDI. Links: Roland TB-303 Bassline - Exclusive pictures, patterns, free e-mail aliasing, tuning and modifications, emulators, samples, midi sequences, links. World Of The TB-303 - Includes reviews, articles, advice, patches, links; details on the new MC-303. Acid.ch- TB-303 modification page, TB-303 link list, aluminium cases for the TB-303. Bass Line Land- A site dedicated to the famous Roland TB-303 including sounds, manual, schematics, original sales brochure, emulators, and more. The Creators of Electronic Dance Music! - TB-303 TR-909, the tools for Dance Music! Devil Fish- Modifications for the TB-303 Kristofers TB-303 - page - Explanation of what a TB-303 is Realm of TB303- A personal page about the BassLine with some pictures. Review Page: Roland TB-303 - ROLAND TB-303 BassLine The TB-303 Operation Manual - Full manual online (also downloadable in ZIP format). Liam: "I like the 303, but so many people used it in the acid house days. When I use it, I really overload the mixer so I get a distorted bass line instead. Usually when you program the 303 you've got things like Slide and Accent. Well, you don't get that with MIDI, you just get the basic sound. Sometimes I'd prefer to get an old sequencer box instead of using MIDI so I could get the true synth sound." Release Date:1982 Price: $1200 (about) Gear info: This is the most famous acid machine! 303 is a little silver box. It looks very simply and weak, but you can do so damn cool acid sounds with it! If there is a tune with lots of wicked resonations you can definitely hear 303! In fact this is nowadays pretty expensive machine, but if you wanted to make some good acid resonations this is the right machine for you! Used: Claustrophobic Sting Firestarter Funky Shit Used in many live tracks (Lose Your Mind, Acid Break and Lyrical Terrorists) Stand Upmore
At around 2:00 in this video, Robert talks about the 303. In [this interview](http://change-underground.com/robert-babicz-we-are-all-human), for change-underground.com, it reads: "Robert, there aren’t many people whose careers can be so closely linked to a specific piece of hardware, but there is no doubt the Roland TB-303 is intrinsically aligned to your music. How did this love affair start? And will this be a love that lasts forever? This love affair started when I first listen to phuture-acid trax, because I was crying, I thought this is intergalactic super dance. So this special sound got deep into my own music, even after 25 years… I still love that sound and use it my babiczstyle."more
This silver box is badass ! I bought it 15 years ago and this bassline and I are totaly in symbiosis. I bought and tried many clones but noone of them equals its acid feel. My dream is to get another one. It's the most loved machine of all my collection. I'm using it in 99% of all my tracks. It's value will keep rising.
Acrid Abeyance, Pergon, Unknown Structure were made with original TB's. I bought them very cheap (haha) in the late 80's, early 90's. And I made a lot of records and live gigs with it. Pure or with stompboxes or other fx. It always sounds just phatt. For me it has also the best sequencer with the acc / slide programming.