I think it’s fair to say at this point Roland did create a proper modern day replacement for the TB-303. The TB-3 is a box we can bring out and toss around and while it doesn’t sound quite as good as the original it is far more versitile. Back in the day if I wanted to create a random pattern on a real 303 I would have to take the batteries in and out. On the TB-3 you hold the [PTN SELECT] and press [SCATTER].
“Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play. The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.” – rolandus.com
The greatest acid house track of all time is Acid Tracks by Phuture. They have never played in NYC. That changes tonight as they will take the stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Verboten.
“Yes there may have been Acid recordings before Phuture – Acid Tracks but this is the one that really propelled the Acid style in chicago clubs, this was originally created and played at the music box by Ron Hardy in 1985 2 years before its release… and they don’t come better than this” – Leroy Skibone
One of the greatest acid tracks ever by Tyree Cooper. Recorded in 1987. Two TB-303s in actions here. He’s from Chicago and now lives in Berlin.
“A fan of both house music and hiphop back in the 80s, the young producer sought to combine elements from both genres into the genre that soon went on to become known as Hiphouse. It eventually lead to the release of the now legendary ‘Turn Up The Bass’ in 1989, a track that –along with Fast Eddie’s ‘Yo Yo Get Funky amongst others’ is widely considered to be an all-time (hip-)house classic.” – beatsandbeyond.com
I’m chatting with a friend of mine Mark Hawkins on Skype and he’s sending me some links to his latest Acid tracks. I figured I haven’t posted yet today so I share with you as he shares with me. I met Mark when I was living in Berlin. He helped me out quite a bit getting around and showing me the ropes. He’s done plenty of releases on labels such as Djax-Up-Beats, Automatic Records, Southwark, Feinwerk, Wavescape and more. We are discussing how we both miss Berlin. He’s thinking about moving back.
“you can see on my soundcloud profile that I have the first steps of my new live thing too” – Mark Hawkins
I first heard Acid House at club Mars in the late 80s. I believe the first Acid record I bought was from Fast Eddie called Acid Thunder. I bought my first Roland TB-303 from Rogue Music in New York City for $300. I later bought another one and used them live. They eventually were stolen and since then I used various soft versions such as the Audiorealism ABL.
“If you’re interested in the early history of ROLAND, the Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and the TB-303 Bassline, you’ll enjoy this 20-minute video. The TB-303 and its design are described in depth, and many examples of popular music made with the machine are presented. Director: Nate Harrison” – Jack Time
I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?
Take a listen:
That took about 15 minutes to put together and it was true fun. So what applications did I use to create this?
The Roland TR-808 and TB-303 appear in my tune courtesy of Audiorealism’s fantastic new iPhone app simply called technoBox. You could compare it to Propellerhead’s now long gone Re-Birth. Here’s a hint: when in TB-303 mode hit Shift-Gate for a random pattern!
My vocal stuttering away saying, “Yeah. Yeah. Make the music baby!” was recorded and played back by a super fun and simple application called Tapestri. You record some vocals and touch the waveform to play at whatever point.
The synth effects in my Acid track come from Pure Profit’s Andriod FX. They also make BtBx but I think they hit a more useful mark with this nice application. You drag on the screen to make pitch and noises. There is a full info screen where you can tweak this little synth’s sound until your pleased.
All three of these apps make me super happy. If your a electronic musician go grab them: Aciiiiid!
I really like all of AudioRealism’s plug-ins. They sound really good and have features like randomize which I covet. I gave an artist endorsement to the original ABL and I am happy to see they have updated this excellent Roland TB-303 clone. If your doing any kind of modern music the swing parameter is really import (ex. minimal techno). I recently did a post about swing you can check out here: Global Groove and Swing parameters in Ableton Live. So what else did that add? Take a look:
Since 2003 ABL has established its sound as the industry standard. In 2007 ABL2 achieves important improvements in several key areas. Amongst new features the most important thing is the sound: The bass is improved for less muddiness. The filter has been improved to incorporate subtile nonlinear effects for additional squelch. The distortion unit has been improved with less aliasing. The controls have been calibrated to better match the response of the original. Moreover several new features are present: The new pattern analyzer which can be used to edit patterns and will even detect patterns from audio files. – audiorealism.se
It’s 95 Euro, Upgrade your old one for 25 Euro. VST 2.4 for PC, Audio Units and VST for Mac OS X.