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Iconic TB-303 synth is now available on Roland Cloud

Roland has announced the addition of the TB-303 to its ranks of software recreations within the Legendary series on Roland Cloud.

The news just so happened to fall on 303-day, and the Japanese giant kicked off proceedings with a mini-documentary, featuring DJ Pierre of acid house-pioneers Phuture.

This new softsynth iteration of the TB-303 utilises the same ACB technology as its hardware synth sibling, the TB-03, and you’re able to store 64 patterns and 64 patches per bank, while eight variations of a pattern are still accessible on the faceplate. 

Not content with being a straight-up recreation of the acid-line dribbling synth, there is a new hidden panel, which unlocks a variety of new tone-tweaking features, including new VCF trim, Vintage Condition, and Master Tune knobs. These are joined by onboard effects, such as distortion and delay with tempo-sync.

You can get hold of the TB-303 by subscribing to the Roland Cloud service from $19.95/£18.50/€21.00 per month. More information can be found on the Roland website.

New key features 

  • 64 patterns per bank
  • 64 patches per bank
  • 8 variations per pattern 
  • 48 preset patches and 32 preset patterns included
  • New graphic edit window for step input, pattern edit and pattern creation 
  • Circuit modification via the new VCF Trim, Vintage Condition, and Master Tune knobs
  • Condition knob adjusts the age and condition of the virtual hardware
  • Tone knobs for tuning, cutoff frequency, filter resonance, filter envelope, envelope decay, and accent 
  • Effects control for overdrive and delay with tempo sync
  • Pattern drag and drop of MIDI/audio data to DAW 
  • 5 play modes: Forward, Reverse, Fwd & Rev, Invert, and Random
  • 6-octave spread (C0 to C6)
  • Position locking to DAW
Simon Arblaster
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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