Sonic XTC lets us know that their new monophonic bass line synthesizer, B-Line 303, captures the vibe and sound of classic EDM and Acid techno music synthesizers from the 70′s and 80′s. They say that B-Line 303 can easily dial up the classic Acid bass sound with all the squelch and buzz of the original classics, giving producers the unique ability to shape their sound with sub oscillators, distortion, distortion intensity, and built in Waveshaper unit. B-Line 303 comes with 14 presets to get you started but has room for up to 64 user presets. In order to create the entire Acid bass sound experience, B-Line 303 comes equipped with a Stereo “Doppler” Chorus effect and a Stereo Echo effect.
In the beginning of the song B-Line 303 sounds like your standard Roland TB 303. In the middle of the song it sounds like a Roland SH-101. At the end of the song the B-Line 303 gives you a glimpse of why we think it is special! Only used Deep 606, Deep Mono, and B-Line 303 to create this track. Side chain compression on the Deep 606 kick only external effect used.
- 64 user presets
- 14 custom presets
- Midi automation
- Doppler Chorus, Stereo Echo effect
- VST 2.4 effect
The Roland TR-505 is a little programmable digital drum machine from 1986. This demo shows some of AnalogAudio1′s own patterns.
Accent is programmable. It’s some kind of mini-combination of a TR-707 and TR-727 since it has percussion sounds in addition. It has similar sounds. It has MIDI but no single outputs and no Roland SYNC-Interface. Shuffle functions available.
A cheap (budget) drum machine. It features 16 drum tones which unfortunately, are only mediocre samples. Its memory contains 48 patterns and 6 songs. Unlike its TR cousins it does not have individual drum tone outputs. There is no drum tone editing capability either. It does however feature extensive MIDI implementation, even the pads will transmit MIDI data. The 505 works well with a computer and sequencer or as a stand alone drum machine. It is extremely basic and unexciting but does make a good starter or play-along drum machine.
Roland keyboard specialist Ed Diaz demonstrates the Roland V-Combo VR-09 Performance Keyboard at Kraft Music.
About the keyboard in Roland’s own words:
Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines—organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel—provide all the essential tones you need, right under your fingertips. The powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great features include an onboard looper, a drum section stocked with a library of rhythms for practice and jamming, and more. With its versatile sound selection, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians.
- Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians
- Light and mobile; battery or AC power
- Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
- SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus newly developed transistor-type ‘60s organ tone
- Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
- Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls
- Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory
- Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad
Movie demonstrating the Roland MIDI system, with MKB-300, MKS-80, MKS-30, TR-707, MSQ100 and MPU-401 and IBM PC with Personal Composer.
Video by Tom Gjertsen, Gustring Studio, Music by Brynjulf Blix. Narration by Kjell Kjær.
The Roland TR-707 is a classic programmable digital drum machine from 1985. This demo shows some of my own patterns and the programming.
Accent is programmable. It has MIDI and also the Roland SYNC-Interface. It has single outputs for the drum sounds. It also has a little built in mixer, which is very nice. The TR-707 has fifteen digitally sampled sounds and also shuffle functions.
The TR-707 was a staple in early house music, particularly with acid house. It was also used in the eighties in pop music.
Roland today introduced Axial – an official Roland sound library download site.
The site offers a variety of free sound libraries.
According to the company, “Axial is your home for an ever-expanding selection of unique and exciting new sounds for your Roland instruments.”
Axial currently features free sound libraries for these synths:
- Gaia SH-01
The Roland TR-707 is a classic programmable digital drum machine from 1985.
Accent is programmable. It has MIDI and also the Roland SYNC-Interface. It has single outputs for the drum sounds. The TR-707 has fifteen digitally sampled sounds and also shuffle functions.
The TR-707 was a staple in early house music, particularly with acid house.
A very underrated drum machine! It resembles the popular TR-909, and better yet, its hi-hat, cymbals, and clap sound almost identical to the TR-909! The TR-707 is a great source for cheap 909 samples. It has some other cool features too such as its Matrix display which clearly maps out your pattern for you in an easy to read display panel. It also features both MIDI in/out and DIN sync control – the best of both worlds. Why this unit even has individual outputs for each of its drum tones!
For programming, it features a shuffle and flam effect and its programming abilities are very impressive. But it does have its limitations, the only adjustment you can make to each drum tone is volume. And all of its other drum tones are boring (especially ride, kick and snare).
One of the typical keyboard-based setups that were used in the ’80s for ballads.
Moog Minimoog: synth bass
Roland TR-808: drum machine
Yamaha DX7: electric piano
This video demonstrates how a Garageband song created collaboratively using sample loops of Sweet Home Alabama on a mac and an ipad Garageband easily converted into a series of Roland MC-808 compatible sample loops and transferred quickly onto the MC-808.
1. The song is put together collaboratively using Garageband on the Mac and iPad
2. The samples are then extracted from the song using the fixed1t Garageband Archive audio sample extractor
The samples are then reviewed to check their type using the fixed1t audio samples data lister
The Samples are then converted into WAV, little endian files and renamed in line with the MC-808 fast sample loading convention, using the fixed1t Garageband to MC-808 sample convertor.
The video then shows you have to get the sample quickly onto the MC-808 and play them.
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Sounds for Synth has release a new soundbank, Juno 2013, for TAL-U-NO-LX containing 200 presets.
The soundbank is made with all electronic music genres in mind, drawing its main inspiration from Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. It features drifting keys and arpeggios, hypnotic techno lines together with lush, atmospheric pads and big basses, plus retro sounding 16th and 8th note basslines.
Here are some audio demos from the patch library: