MATRIXSYNTH: Super Rare Vintage TBS-303 MKII Bassline Mono Synth (TB-303 clone+) SN 0399058 w/ Original Box

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Super Rare Vintage TBS-303 MKII Bassline Mono Synth (TB-303 clone+) SN 0399058 w/ Original Box

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I've only seen one of these go up for sale back in 2007. Note the font under TBS in the upper left matches Sequential Circuits font.

Details form the listing: "What happens when you take the basic analog synthesis engine of Roland's classic TB-303 bassline, add MIDI control, and put it in a seriously heavy-duty tabletop housing?

You end up with TBS Musical Instruments TBS-303 MKII!

These are extremely rare. My guess is this is one of the very few of these that were ever sold to the US.

Per the creator's website--

The following list represents some of the main features of the TBS-303 MarkII :

Analogue circuitry is nearly equivalent to the original
Fully discrete oscillator and filter section
Build-in MIDI interface requires no external SYNC24 syncbox
Slides programmable via Note overlap
Accents programmable via MIDI note-ON velocity value (>100)
User selectable MIDI channel
Better that the original ; 'Heavy-duty' housing and professional potentiometers
The TBS-303 is on purpose build in a desktop type housing to make real time filter-control by hand easier.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 250 x 170 x 65mm

Additional cool features:

External audio input
Infinite accent button
Infinite slide/portamento button

Please check the website for additional info and audio samples.

The sound of this box is quite awesome. The top-mounted slide/accent buttons allow for additional realtime creativity. The external input lets you use this in ways that no original TB-303 can. Best of all, the MIDI implementation gives you all kinds of sequencing possibilities that you didn't have with the original.

Sure, you can make it sound just like a TB-303-- or you can use it in new and creative ways."

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