Roland’s 909 day (yep, the ninth of September!) was hotly anticipated around the world. In a 24 hour live streamed event, a huge range of thirty new pieces of equipment were revealed including, of course, a replacement for Roland’s legendary TR-909 drum machine. This pencil-case sized piece of kit uses Roland’s analog circuit behaviour technology to digitally emulate the original TR-909’s analogue sounds. Here’s an interesting video that situates the new TR-09 alongside the original TR-909, and also the TR-8 (released in 2014) which also contains the TR-909 sounds:

Alongside a new range of Waza-inspired Boss amplifiers (the Katana range), other products that stood out to us included a new range-topping V-Drums kits (the TD50K and TD50KV), a new trigger system for a 22″ bass drum (the KD-A22) and a stunning new digital grand piano (the GP-607).

The popular FP piano range is also extended with a new addition, the FP90; there’s a new and intriguing microphone processing kit for use with acoustic cajons (the EC-1oM; following on from Roland’s EC-10 earlier in the year), and synth fans will be loving the new System-8 plug-out synthesiser. There are many other items and the full list can be viewed here.

Finally, perhaps the most colourful product is Roland’s new DJ-808, a state-of-the-art DJ controller with a 4-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and Serato DJ integration. This is the first piece of technology produced by Roland through their collaboration with Serato. It draws from Roland’s well established AIRA design and integrates seamlessly with many of the other instruments within that range too.

It will be interesting to see what DJs and producers make of the DJ-808. Within education, it will almost certainly find a place as an instrument that brings together many of the key technologies and processes needed to produce a mix quickly.

All of Roland’s new 909 day instruments are available from us here at UCan Play. We are here to answer your questions and chat further about how these new instruments can empower your playing and teaching. Preferential educational prices are available to all students, teachers and lecturers working within the education sector here in the UK.