Tiptop Audio - BD909 Bass Drum Generator

The Tiptop Audio - BD909 TR909 Bass Drum Generator is the first completely faithful recreation of a sound that is among the most known one in electronic music: that is, the kick drum of the Roland TR-909. The makers were careful enough to integrate the module into modern a modular environment as well.

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The Tiptop Audio - BD909 TR909 Bass Drum Generator is the first completely faithful recreation of a sound that is among the most known one in electronic music: that is, the kick drum of the Roland TR-909. The makers were careful enough to integrate the module into modern a modular environment as well.

The Tiptop Audio - BD909 TR909 Bass Drum Generator is a recreation of Roland's TR-909 analog bass drum sound generator adapted for modular synthesizer use. The front panel contains all of the controls found on the original TR-909 drum machine, allowing you full control over the sound’s volume levels to mix with other drums and accent levels, decay tune and the envelope attack and decay segments. In addition to those original controls the manufacturers have also added new controls, further enhancing this legendary sound generator. The name might be misleading because, yes in some knob positions you will get the classic 909 kick, but there is way more in there, it's really a little bass drum lab with a lot of sweet spots. it can go low, high/smooth/harsh, and anywhere in between; it can also go weird with the vc inputs. If you are used to the bd808 then this will take a bit to get used to because it is a different beast, although with some adjustment you might get close sounds. the pcb is very dense with a lot of circuitry and it wasn't easy to fit all that in there but it sure was worth the challenge. Features: output level - 0 - 10v original 909 attack control extended 909 decay control for more umphhh New controls for the oscillator tuning: attack tune decay tune - these two will have an effect on each other which makes it really cool global oscillator tune control - this sets an offset for the oscillator, sets the starting frequency for the envelope vc-tune with attenuator (can go over a wide range) overload knob - might not be everyone's cup of tea, what it does is overload the sine shapers which adds harmonics and some extra punch, it's an aggressive effect. vc - overload - can be cv or even audio accent in - can be with a pulse or cv 0 - 5v accent attenuator The sound of the BD909. The BD909 really shines when it is played alongside a nice big bass line. Most of the energy of the BD909 is centered in the mid range of the sonic spectrum, the result being that there is headroom for deep low bass lines to fill up

The Tiptop Audio - BD909 TR909 Bass Drum Generator is a recreation of Roland's TR-909 analog bass drum sound generator adapted for modular synthesizer use. The front panel contains all of the controls found on the original TR-909 drum machine, allowing you full control over the sound’s volume levels to mix with other drums and accent levels, decay tune and the envelope attack and decay segments. In addition to those original controls the manufacturers have also added new controls, further enhancing this legendary sound generator. 


The name might be misleading because, yes in some knob positions you will get the classic 909 kick, but there is way more in there, it's really a little bass drum lab with a lot of sweet spots. it can go low, high/smooth/harsh, and anywhere in between; it can also go weird with the vc inputs. If you are used to the bd808 then this will take a bit to get used to because it is a different beast, although with some adjustment you might get close sounds. the pcb is very dense with a lot of circuitry and it wasn't easy to fit all that in there but it sure was worth the challenge.

Features:

  • output level - 0 - 10v
  • original 909 attack control
  • extended 909 decay control for more umphhh

New controls for the oscillator tuning:

  • attack tune
  • decay tune - these two will have an effect on each other which makes it really cool
  • global oscillator tune control - this sets an offset for the oscillator, sets the starting frequency for the envelope
  • vc-tune with attenuator (can go over a wide range)
  • overload knob - might not be everyone's cup of tea, what it does is overload the sine shapers which adds harmonics and some extra punch, it's an aggressive effect.
  • vc - overload - can be cv or even audio
  • accent in - can be with a pulse or cv 0 - 5v
  • accent attenuator

The sound of the BD909.

The BD909 really shines when it is played alongside a nice big bass line. Most of the energy of the BD909 is centered in the mid range of the sonic spectrum, the result being that there is headroom for deep low bass lines to fill up the lower end without “fighting” the bass drum in the mix. This quality of the BD909 makes it a real joy to work and mix with. Try mixing two Z3000’s set to 30-50HZ into the Z2040 with a snappy envelope from the Z4000 to the Z2040 FM IN.

Set the Z2040 frequency very low so it creates a bass line and mix that with the BD909; you get a great-feeling groove that is full of energy. 

the lower end without “fighting” the bass drum in the mix. This quality of the BD909 makes it a real joy to work and mix with. Try mixing two Z3000’s set to 30-50HZ into the Z2040 with a snappy envelope from the Z4000 to the Z2040 FM IN. Set the Z2040 frequency very low so it creates a bass line and mix that with the BD909; you get a great-feeling groove that is full of energy.

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Width (HP) 8
Depth (mm) 35
Skiff friendly Yes
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