"Nothing is like the original so we’re not even going to touch that, but I have to say that the offspring of the [TB-303](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tb-303) embodies most of the qualities that I loved from the original. Lately the TB-3 has become my most enjoyable piece of gear to play with in the studio. I love the smoothness that it brings to my acid patterns but when I wanna get rough this bad boy can handle that too. This little machine has found its way into most of my productions of late." From [Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/)more
Don't let people tell you, that the TB-3 does not sound like a TB-303! ... because it does! The TB-3 comes really close to the original. Roland sampled the sonic behavior of each component of a real TB-303 and reproduced it in software. This is way more accurate than traditional virtual analog technology. Please read up on ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior), before you say anything against the TB-3. Still, if you have a trained ear and put it next to the original TB-303, you may hear slight differences.
Not easy (or impossible?) to modify
This machine is all digital. I've seen nobody adding a bass boost or other modifications to it, so far.
Easy to use, good in live setting
The TB-3 is easy to use. Pattern programming is way easier than on the original TB-303. I found that the TB-3 comes really handy in live settings. With the newer firmware, you can assign the selection of the sound (waveform and effect) directly to a pattern. So you do not need to dial it in when playing, it's right there!
Fun, but not the most intuitive machine. Kind of hate the touch screen. Roland should have given the user more control over effects and synths. I mean when you look at how complicated some of their gear has been, they could have allowed for some program changes to be tweaked by power users, while still maintaining an easy UI for people who just want to jam.
Just like I could never have obtained an 808 or 909, I highly doubt I would have gotten a Roland 303 or ceven a clone- ever. But this thing... this was MADE for me. It's almost too easy to program 16/32 steps of pure 303 bliss. And there are still hundreds of sounds left in memory to freak on.
This little box allows me to bring an old-school element to my work that was delivered by many of my favorite artists from back in the day. The classic "Acid" sound oozes out of this little guy with every note and gushes when you crank the resonance knob. I initially had reservations about the touchpad interface, but have since come to appreciate how streamlined it is, especially considering how notoriously difficult to program the original TB-303 is said to be. All said and done, the TB-3 is a lot of fun to work with and I am looking forward to hearing what I can squeeze out of it.
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I love the sounds in this little fellow and initially I thought the touch screen interface was intriguing but I have found it hard to actually play. If you put the time into it I am sure this unit would reward you but I haven't done that and have moved on to easier pastures for my bass sounds. Still glad I bought it though.
I traded some gear to acquire one of these neat little sub synth/sequencer. The TB 3 is a modern take on the vintage TB 303, so naturally it has the original TB 303 sounds in its banks. However, the TB 3 has other sounds in its banks alongside these original sounds. You can play the TB 3 in 4 different modes, along with a step sequencer and a live sequencer.