roland 303

Roland, the music hardware manufacturer out of Japan, has long been one of the leaders in synthesizers worldwide. And perhaps its most famous line of products, popularized by the early house and techno legends in Detroit and Chicago, has to be its TB and TR bass and drum synthesizers, including the now famous TR-808 (if you’ve heard any rap album from the last 30 years. chances are you’ve heard the 808) and 909 drum machines and the TB-303 bass synth that made Acid House the pill-poppin’ party blast it was in the late 80s.

These still remain relevant today, and you can hear their sounds across the entire spectrum of electronic music available to us in the new millennium. But have you ever wondered how they work? How does someone take that confusing mass of grey and black above and actually have it make interesting sounds?

Well we’ve found an instructional video like none other. Watch as this Japanese girl in traditional dress frolics across her 727 and 707 drum machines and 303 bass synth to create some retro tunes on the fly. She is even joined by her cat to ensure this video becomes an instant internet classic. Peep it!


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