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!"more
In [this article](http://thequietus.com/articles/12640-simian-mobile-disco-interview-live-dance-music), James ford says, "Our set up is based around, instrument wise, three analogue synths - the big Analogue Systems modular synth, that Jas spends most of his time in front of, and two smaller ones - a Dave Smith Prophet and a Doepfer Dark Energy, and then the [Roland] 909 for drums."more
“We bought the 909 in 1984, the year it came out, and I’ve been using it ever since,” admits Smith. “It was the first drum machine I plugged in when we started playing live again in 1992. It’s not something we like doing, taking vintage instruments around with us, but the sound is so fantastic, particularly the kick drum. The sound of that over a PA is something else.”more
Personnel Phil Collins – vocals, Roland TR-909 David Frank – Roland Alpha Juno, Mini Moog bass, Oberheim DMX Daryl Stuermer – guitars The Phenix Horns Don Myrick – saxophone Louis Satterfield – trombone Michael Harris – trumpet Rahmlee Michael Davis – trumpet Arranged by Tom Tom 84more
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, [SH-101](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-sh-101-synthesizer), [TB-303](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tb-303), and my [Ensoniq SQ-80](http://equipboard.com/items/ensoniq-sq-80).”more
"One of the first drum machines I ever touched was a Roland TR-909. So to have access to that history in the INTEGRA-7, and their history of all their synths from the old JUNOs on down, it’s just pretty amazing and cool to have all that at your fingertips. It’s a JP-80, and it also has every SRX board. It’s like your best sound modules, all in one."more
In [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/in-pictures-joris-voorns-home-studio-238489/3), Joris says, “When I started, techno was still pretty big, so I decided that I needed to have a 909. I bought the 808 as well, but the 909 has a much tougher sound on the floor. I don’t use it much now - apart from the odd sample here and there.”more
Here’s another gem to add to the massive list of Record Store Day 2013 releases: a dual 7-inch flexi disc set that pays tribute to the Roland TR-909 drum machine. On April 20, the reissue experts at Get On Down — the folks behind last year’s gorgeous Illmatic box sets — will drop a package that reportedly features a 20-page booklet; the sounds of the 1980s rhythm-maker; narration and insight from Philadelphia rap icon Schoolly D (“one of the machine’s early masters in the mid-’80s,” as Get On Down puts it); and instrumental remakes of the drum tracks on two cuts from Schoolly D’s self-titled 1986 debut.more
«This drum machine is kind of a big deal for me. It had a huge role in a lot of tracks that made me love house and techno. Back then I thought those guys making beats like that were wizards – Paul Johnson, to name one that has recognisable shuffly beats – and for the first two years I was trying to recreate those beats manually by moving little slices of sounds on an audio channel. Ha! One day while touring in Japan I went to that famous synth store in Tokyo called FiveG, I switched on a 909 and made a beat in two minutes. It sounded so special, full of life and violence, like all those tracks I adored… It even made me blush to realise I had this power in my hands, and from that day on I started seeing my heroes as talented artists, and not as wizards full of unexplained magical powers ahaha. I tried many of the clones that are on the market, and even if they all have interesting sounding features it’s the only old drum machine where I find no clone to be remotely close to the power and personality of the original. I like how the sounds phase and naturally compress themselves when played on top of each other with different velocity. If you recorded each output separately and played back the whole beat on your computer it would have an entirely different feeling. I recorded a lot of jams like that, just playing with the decay, muting and fading the different sounds. Maybe one day I’ll release an EP made only like »more
Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a partially analog, partially sample-based, drum machine introduced by the Japanese Roland Corporation in 1983. The brainchild of Tadao Kikumoto, the engineer behind the Roland TB-303, it features a 16-step step sequencer and a drum kit that aimed for realism and cost-effectiveness. It is fully programmable, and like its predecessor, the TR-808, it can store entire songs with multiple sections, as opposed to simply storing patterns. It was the first MIDI-equipped drum machine. Around 10,000 units were produced. All drums except for the hi-hats and cymbals are synthetically generated; there is an oscillator circuit with a dedicated filter and envelope curve. The hi-hats and cymbals are 6-bit samples, compressed and combined with a volume envelope curve (and tuning) to allow slight modification. Thanks to the analog circuitry, various aspects of the drum sound can be modified (pitch, attack, decay). There is also a feature called "accent"—a primitive means of humanizing the drumbeat. In a simplified model of a drummer and a kit, the loudness of the sound created would basically depend on the velocity at which the drummer hits a given part of the kit. A human drummer can emphasize certain notes by playing them louder, and the accent parameter provides a means to boost a particular step. Part of the charm of the TR-909 comes from its 16-step sequencer — the 16 buttons along the bottom of the interface correspond to the 16th notes of a single bar in 4/4 meter. For example, punching the buttons 1, 5, 9 and 13 on the bass drum part would create a simple "four to the floor" beat. Multiple patterns can be grouped or chained together which allows the user to create drum patterns that are longer than one bar in length or, alternatively, create drum patterns in compound meters outside of 3/4 or 4/4. While the sequencer is running, a light runs from step 1 to step 16. This machine is used most of the common dance tracks and you can almost say that this is the standard House and Techno beatbox. Used: Almost in every Experience track! like... Everybody in the Place Wind It Up This machine can been seen in many Prodigy Experience videos and sometimes Liam uses it in live shows.more
"A 909 on its own sounds crap. It sounds like a toy. I think a lot of people are quite disappointed these days when they buy a 909 and they think it’s going to be like this magic thing where they hit the bass drum and it goes [makes explosion sound], you know the speakers explode and something like that happens. You have to treat it. You have to push it. You have to find good preamps or some bit of gear to push it through, to give it that sound that people really really like."more
This vintage drum machine worth any penny I have spent to purchase it. There is only one Kick like the 909. Probably the most powerfull kick of all time. My second favorite instrument are the Hi Hats. It's sounds so Techno-ish. The clap is also excellent, especially through a good combination of effects (reverb/delay). The Toms can be shaped easily and can be a great melodic addition in any tracks. We can also do great things with the snares, so snappy and rich! It's possible to sample all the instruments separately & decently but you will loose the unique feel of the machine. This baby swings !
Funny enough it's home to one of, if not, the most iconic Hi Hat ever to appear on a house track. Still, if you have the luxury of comparing them, no one 909 sounds exactly the same. Mine has been recapped, re-power supplied and pumped up to bring that little bit extra when I use it live. The snare sounds like an Uzi and the hats cut through like noones bizznizz. I'd kill to protect this box. And believe me, I'm so not joking...
Along with the TR808 the 909 is a complete legend, i have owned 2 of these, my first once was bought from Italy in 2001 and again its all over my early single releases, theres not a lot you can say about this amazing instrument, its a real performers machine, the sounds can be emulated pretty well but you can't get away from the fact that its all in that tactile interface and knob laden panel, just an absolute dream of an instrument and made to last until hell freezes over.