9 foot drum machine anyone?

Recently a group of hardcore Roland 909 fans have undertaken the task of replicating a 9 foot 909 drum machine. This project although to be seen occuring place in someone back yard, is one which has been taken seriously. Make no mistake this required alot of patience, planning and expertise. The team is question are Brendan McCarthy, Sam Healy, Dave Hartmann and James Rutherford

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The shell of the drum machine is constructed out of wood, whilst a tensile steel and aluminium frame supports it. The knobs are also custom made in line with the original model. In total there are dozen PD-8 drum trigger pads fitted , which run into the  TD-12. The TD-12 works as the brain in coordinating the circuitry and also provides MIDI functionality so it to be connected to a TR-8, thus allowing it to function as a legendary TR-808. The assembly we are told is straight forward assuming you know what you are doing.

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Details of its construction process throughout can be seen here.

9ft-909 – Initial sound check from RAY on Vimeo.