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Behringer “re-introduces” the RD-9 drum machine: “Priced to suit people’s pockets, without being pocket-sized”

GEAR 2021: Even by Behringer’s standards, the RD-9 - a new version of Roland’s TR-909 drum machine - has been a long time coming, but it looks like it’s finally about to be released.

A new video “re-introduces” the product, which features “custom-made” analogue components. It’s described as being “priced to suit people’s pockets, without being pocket-sized” - a subtle way of distinguishing it from Roland’s downsized and digital TR-09, perhaps?

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As well as offering an authentic mode that promises to accurately emulate the original 909, the RD-9 also has an ‘enhanced’ mode that offers several additional features. These include the ability to adjust the pitch and pitch depth of the bass drum, and a tuning control for the hi-hat.

There’s also enhanced connectivity, which should make it easy to slot the RD-9 into contemporary setups.

A price has still to be confirmed, but we’d expect it to be around $349/£299, the same as the TR-808-emulating RD-8. It should be shipping within the next couple of months.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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