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Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9  ·  Source: Behringer

At last, the full official details have arrived on the long-awaited RD-9 along with confirmation of the highly anticipated price of $349/€349.

RD-9 Rhythm Designer

We’ve been talking about this drum machine for a long time and have made plenty of assumptions about its features. However, the RD-9 now has its own product page on the Behringer website and the full details are in.

The tag line is that it’s a classic analog/digital drum machine with 10 drum sounds, 64-step sequencer, Wave Designer, and Dual-Mode Filter. You get 11 sounds in total with all the drum sounds being analog generated and the cymbals being sample-based. It can handle up to 10 simultaneous voices; the Roland TR-909 did 12 I believe.

The Bass drum gets two extra knobs for Pitch and Pitch Depth which sets the frequency of the Bass drum and the amount the pitch is affected by the pitch envelope. The hi-hats also get a bit of tuning control otherwise, the individual drum sound controls mirror the familiar layout and functionality of the TR-909.

Behringer RD-9

Behringer RD-9

In terms of new features they all seem to follow those in the RD-8. So, we’ve seen the Wave Designer, High and Low-Pass filter, the step-repeat, note-repeat, and probability options before. MIDI and USB along with a whole bunch of individual outputs, CV, and trigger outputs were fully expected. What we haven’t seen before is the ability to turn off the enhancements to enable an “authentic” mode – that’s pretty interesting. While the extra features are useful when compared to the original 909 I confess that I was expecting more of a departure or advancement over the RD-8 enhancements.

The price was announced on Facebook as $349 which is exactly what we thought it would be. It looks like a solid machine, exactly what we’ve been waiting for with no additional surprises.

Pre-orders are open now with our affiliate partner, Thomann.

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8 responses to “Behringer RD-9 Rhythm Designer full details and price”

  1. AJ says:

    The mention of turning of “enhanced mode” and enabling “authentic mode” is right in the video around 1:04

    • Robin Vincent says:

      Yes, and I pointed that out. You might be misreading what I said so I’ve added the word “before” just to make it clearer.

  2. JP says:

    (As I always say whenever there’s the latest outbreak of fawning over TR-808/909 sounds, clones, etc…)

    I remember both when they originally came out and thought the sounds were absolutely terrible. My opinion hasn’t changed.

  3. More 80s throwaway junk, please says:

    Been waiting for this coming out, but it’s the CR-78 I want the most. If that’s out by the end of the year, we’ll have had the 808, 909, 606, CR78 all analogue, all good, all cheap. Who’d have predicted that 5 years ago?

  4. Just a thought says:

    If you’re reading about the RD9, you might have a TR-09 or TR-08? To the best of my knowledge the Roland ones are discontinued and seem to be going up in price when sold second hand. They were discounting both a few years ago. The RD9 is probably now the only 909 you’ll be able to get, other than the TR8s (which does a good ACB 909). The RD9 is probably the only analogue 909, but those who bought the TR-09 are seeing prices rise as the popularity of the 909 sound grows. It would be good to see a YouTube face off TR-09/TR8s and the Behringer RD9

    • Robin Vincent says:

      There are at least 2 boutique makers of 909 drum machines – DinSync and Steda Electronics – and a whole bunch of Eurorack modules so the RD-9 is pretty far from the only option on the table.

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