Inspired by the TB-303 BassLine synth, the TB-3 has a touchpad that can be used to create monophonic basslines and sequences. It contains a bank of 26 TB-303 sounds (Bank A) that are modelled on the original's circuitry, and a selection of new synth leads, basses and effects are spread over three further banks.
The fact that the TB-3 can do more than just 303 sounds is a big plus point (there are also stacked/unison and detuned 303 patches which simply weren't possible to create on the original) and the TB-3 integrates nicely with your DAW. Don't forget that it can operate as a 2-in/2-out USB audio/MIDI interface as well.
Value for money:
Decent build quality, a reasonably versatile sound engine and some tweakable filters and effects make this feel like it's worth the cash.
There is a lingering sense of (possibly irrational) disappointment that the TB-3 isn't analogue, and edits you make to the sounds can't be saved.
Acid bassline lovers who are willing to accept Roland's argument that analogue isn't the way forward and want a fast and fun music-making experience.45 Stars
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