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This rare Roland TB-303 sounds like no other

How well do you think you know the Roland TB-303? Din Sync’s very own Paul Barker compares four of the most sought-after acid line-makers, with some rather interesting results.

There are four known iterations of the 303 that came to market during its short run between 1981 and 1984: types A, B, C and D. More information on that subject can be found on the Analogue Renaissance website.

On this particular test bench are two Din Sync RE-303 models alongside two originals. One of these is a type C, while the other is unknown and carries what appears to be a very early serial number - a prototype, perhaps?

Check out the video below for the full rundown. Paul is very keen to stress that this is by no means a scientific comparison, but it’s plain to hear that there is something very different going on with the envelope in the ‘unknown’ model.

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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