The Steda Electronics project to clone the Roland TR-909 is complete and kits are now available for preorder. The SR-909 is a dead ringer for the classic drum machine and sounds spot-on.
There’s an enduring fascination with these old Roland drum machines. Steda Electronics has been working on their “exact replica” version of the TR-909 for some time. We saw their first demos back in June and they’ve been in touch to say that they are ready to start taking cash for their authentically reproduced SR-909 Steda Rhythm box.
Steda Electronics is supplying the SR-909 in kit form. You can purchase the motherboard and sequencer board, a partial kit or the whole kit including the case. You can choose between the classic cream case or have it in black all silk-screened and ready to go. The biggest departure from the original is that they are using black buttons rather than white and you can choose the colour of the button LEDs. According to the BOM the SR-909 has 12 outputs, one for each drum sound and there’s also a MIDI board.
Judging by their latest demo video I think it sounds fabulous:
It’s a pre-silk screened version obviously. Here’s how the proper case looks next to an original:
They are taking preorders via DIYStudioToys.com for $909 (nice touch) and expect to ship on the 15th October. Price after that will be $1,100. Sounds like a fun machine to build.
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- Steda SR-909 with TR-909 case: Steda Electronics