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.
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.
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