** Bass Line synthesizer with true analog circuitry for bass and groove sounds, authentic reproduction of the original Roland TB-303 circuitry with matched transistors ** read more
- Fully analogue signal...
** Bass Line synthesizer with true analog circuitry for bass and groove sounds, authentic reproduction of the original Roland TB-303 circuitry with matched transistors **
- Fully analogue signal path from VCO, VCF and VCA
- VCO switchable between sawtooth and square waveforms
- 4 Pole low pass filter with resonance
- VCF Envelope Intensity and Envelope Decay adjustable
- Adjustable accent
- Integrated distortion with tone control
- 16-Step sequencer with 250 pattern memory slots
- Poly-chain up to 16 devices
- Audio input for sound processing external sources: 3.5 mm jack
- Sync In & CV / Gate Outputs: 3.5 mm jack
- Stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm jack
- Line output: 6.3 mm jack
- USB-MIDI and MIDI In / Out
- Colours: silver (TD-3-SR), red (TD-3-RD), blue (TD-3-BU)
- Power adapter included (9V DC)
- 3-Year Warranty Program (Warranty details can be found at musictribe.com)
- Links: https://www.behringer.com
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So far... NOT a TB, but awesome nonetheless
Just opened it up and connected it to my studio this weekend. Overall the sound quality is great for the price. It does not sound like a TB-303, but I do feel like it has it's own personality, and if you like that acid sound, this is a better option than paying multiple thousands of dollars for the original. The added distortion is noisy through my mixer, but adds that grit that everyone loves from a TB-303 run through distortion.
after spending some time with this guy...
I really love it. I don't miss the extra sequencer functionality of the bass bot and the sound to my ear is good if not spot on. TB303s vary anyway. It distorts better than the bassbot with the inbuilt ds1 or a stomp or even a plugin. Knobs are not too stiff or too loose. Slide and accent feel good to my ears. Clock sync is easy to set and works great from all 3 sources. Even takes start/stop messages well over USB from a DAW. I really see myself selling my bassbot and xoxbox and getting a few more of these. the form factor is traditional like the bassbot mk1 I have so I'll actually be saving space as well as money. I don't think I'll sell my freebass as it fits in a rack and has blendable saw and square... and has shit resale. I'll do a little more comparison, but my son and I made a cool little acid loop last night layering 2 tracks of TD3 (I did the 1st pass, he did the 2nd) and its working for me. My unit's distortion is not terribly noisy at full gain, although the whole unit has a smidge of self-noise. If I recall that's true of originals though.... the self noise is a smidge higher than the bassbot and xox, but you have to really listen for it. More apparent on headphones with the td3 soloed. At less than the price of a traditional 'dinner and a movie' date? Uli's 303 clone is a no-brainer. If you just want the classic in the traditional form factor with no bells and whistles apart from MIDI, CV/gate outs, analog clock in and a DS1 then this is for you. Roland won't make another one so hats of to Behringer for making a cheap little 303 that does the business well enough for most people's needs. Nothing against the TB3 and TB03 roland, but you went digital and added features, inflated the price beyond plugin pricing.... meh. Is it dead on? I dunno, I don't have access to a 303 anymore, but its great in its own right and versus the xox/bassbot/roland buy in its a no-brainer if you wanna do some acid. And yes, I'm sure the Avalon is spot on, but its more than 10 times the cost and in the mix you'll never care.
My only concern is build quality, but its not like cyclone didn't resort to SMDs and cheap pots so in the affordable clone game this is still the clear winner. If it dies I can afford another one noproblem.
90's Acid Trance is alive and well!
This little box sounds amazing. While I've never used a TD-303, I've heard plenty on records, and I'd say this is super close right out of the box!
A few points: 1) The TD-3 sounds like 90% of the original TB-303, but lacks some of the original's squelchier tones. However, with the TD-3's included distortion circuit, it makes up for it and can covers more, albeit different, sonic ground than the TB-303.
2) It's just as hard to program as the original, but with using the free Behringer SynthTribe software, it becomes much easier– the software includes an intuitive visual sequencer.
3) The TD-3 will create random patterns, too– something the TB-303 didn't offer (afaik). In addition, there is a convenient and free website: https://303patterns.com/#initial-setup that offers a visual sequencer as well as random pattern generator.
Bottom line – Is it worth it? YES! For $109-149, depending, the TD-3 is well worth the price, and in an improvement on the original– it's available in a rainbow of colors!
It's a lot of fun.
I've never wanted a 303, just didn't see anything like this fitting my style, but this was so cheap I bought one and it's a lot of fun!
You don't have to make acid with. The squarewave is square but can get funky, especially if you drop some acid on it. The sawwave is buzzy like a saw. It doesn't smell bad. It's small and plastic and a piece of crap to program. But that crappy programming actually makes for some interesting happy accidents. Playing with this makes me want an MC-202. Thanks Obama.