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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Roland TR-09 and TB-03 Sync Tested by Innerclock Systems

Long time readers of MATRIXSYNTH will be familiar with Innerclock Systems' litmus tests. For those of you not familiar with Innerclock Systems, they pretty much are the authority when it comes to sync. They manufacture a number of dedicated hardware sync boxes. Well, they just took the new Roland TR-09 and TB-03 through their paces. You can find the results here. I won't ruin the results for you, but I will quote their take on the sound of the units compared to the originals:

"We only had 24 hours with these new toys from Roland. This post is primarily focused on timing and external sync performance but I had a few other observations. They sound great. Really. I’ve given up on the 1:1 audio comparisons with the originals because they are just so close. Being over 30 years old and analogue (hats and cymbals excluded on the TR-909) virtually every TR-909 and TB-303 sound slightly different anyway. In a mix or over a PA it’s never going to be an issue. These are light years ahead of the MC-303/MC-505/MC-909 period of the late 90′s thankfully."

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