Roland Boutique TR-09, TB-03 and VP-03 Roland has unveiled three additions to its Boutique series – the TR-09 Rhythm Composer, TB-03 Bass Line and VP-03 Vocoder, Powered by Roland’s advanced ACB (Analogue Circuit Behaviour) technology, each recreates the sound, interface, and operation of classic Roland products, and brings enhanced features and modern connectivity.

The TR-09 (Street US$399) offers the power of Roland’s iconic TR-909 drum machine in a compact and affordable format. It recreates the influential hybrid sound of its predecessor using ACB, complete with the familiar 16-step TR-Rec programming style and a choice of Step or Tap write modes. The TR-09 also offers greater flexibility than the original for fine-tuning of parameters and switch modes without interrupting beats. It’s also designed for easy connectivity to external gear, with a choice of Midi, USB and trigger ports giving control over vintage analogue synths, modular gear, and DAWs.

Inspired by Roland’s TB-303 Bass Line Synth, the TB-03 (US$349) uses ACB to fully capture the authentic sound and character of the original. The new four-digit LED supports enhanced programming, while rotary dials give hands-on control over tuning, cut-off, resonance, envelope mod, decay and accent. Saw and square waveforms are present, alongside new overdrive, delay and reverb effects. In addition to the original’s Pitch and Time write modes, there’s an all-new Step mode and fine tempo control, and sequences can continue playing while switching modes. Ports for external gear include a dedicated trigger input to drive the internal sequencer, plus Midi In/Out, USB and CV/Gate for control over analogue gear, modular synths and DAWs.

The compact VP-03 (US$349) takes cues from the VP-330 Vocoder Plus, using ACB tech to emulate the original’s fusion of synthesised sound and human voice. True to the VP-330, the VP-03 has vocoder, human voice and string sound sources onboard. It also includes a gooseneck XLR microphone, and can be paired with the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit for enhanced performance. New features include 16 Chord Memory set-ups for one-finger chord playback, plus a Voice Step Sequencer for dynamic rhythmic effects. Alongside line and headphones outs, the VP-03 also includes Midi I/O for connecting with other devices and 24-bit DAW audio interface capability via a Micro USB connector.

Intended for flexible use on stage, in the studio, or at home, all three new Roland Boutique units run on four AA batteries or USB bus power, ready for when inspiration strikes. Each module also includes a powered mini-speaker, a convenient feature for monitoring sound on the go.

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