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One of a kind ! a Must Have
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 !
With That House Music, You Can't Go Wrong...
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...
The holy grail of house
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.