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The sound of Acid House was defined by Roland’s TB-303 analogue bass machine.
The TB-303’s looping 16-step sequencer with glides and accents, coupled with up to four-octave note jumps, plus the super-squelchy 24dB resonant filter and saw/square waves, gave it a uniquely aggressive sound, especially when driven hard onto tape or when sent through guitar amps or pedals.
The 303’s saw/square sound, with a slowly swept cutoff and sweeping resonance, was perfectly suited to dance music.
303 acid-style bass
Hear it on: Phuture - Acid Trax; 808 State - Flow Coma; The KLF - What Time Is Love