The 909 you can play online

Fire up a classic beatbox right now

Picture the scene: you’re at your desk, bored out of your mind with work when what you really want to be doing is fashioning beats on a Roland TR-909 style drum machine. What do you do?

Thanks to Andre Michelle, there’s no need to skulk out of the office and head home to your studio, for he’s created an extremely diverting online drum machine that goes by the name of the FL909. There’s no need to install anything – just browse to the webpage and start playing.

This is just one of the many little musical trinkets that are available in what Andre calls his Laboratory. Other delights include a flanger and a wavepole synthesizer.

Andre has also revealed that he’s working on a new online audio application – you can sign up for testing of a private beta if you want to find out what it’s all about. A teaser screenshot indicates that this will feature emulations of some classic Roland synths and stomp boxes, so it could be well worth keeping an eye on.

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