Behringer Rhythm Designer RD-9

Behringer RD-9 (formerly RD-909) enhanced clone of iconic Roland TR-909 drum machine still eludes production


1st UPDATE: 8/9/2019 – I question any information from Behringer, at this point I would not set your 2019 Holiday list in cement, it may be 2020 before this drum machine actually materializes for the average person.
2nd UPDATE: 9/20/2019 – Now that the Behringer RD-8 is shipping, available and arriving in user hands, interest and traffic has picked up significantly for the RD-9. Obviously the RD-8 and RD-9 are very similar drum machines, so if you want a clue of what to expect, head over to our Behringer RD-8 page and watch some videos.

3rd UPDATE: 1/18/2020 – Wow, Behringer has real chutzpah announcing their TR606 clone the RD-6. Would be a real slap if they delivered it before the RD-9…

As I mentioned on the Uptown Oscillators RD-8 page “Behringer has a real abusive marketing strategy announcing products years before actual release and even worse teasing every inch of the way. Seems like a bad plan to me.

I didn’t think Behringer could do worse than the RD-8 rollout, but here we are. I think it’s safe to say Beringer’s RD-9 rollout is even worse.

Hopefully, Behringer has learned their lesson. Build a concept synth/drum machine if you have to wave your flag. Announce there are no plans to make a production model. Announce production models the day you ship them to resellers. Also, I think everyone expects a few rough edges in firmware, but nonetheless firmware debuggers should be ready to pounce on day 1 as well.

As more information becomes available, I will keep you updated.


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Behringer RD-9 aka RD-909


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  • 10 original drum sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom, Mid Tom, High Tom, Rim-Shot, Hand-Clap, Cymbal, Open-Hat, Closed-Hat
  • Complete control over voice dynamics with per voice accent and flam
  • 64-step sequencer with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs with continuously variable swing
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
  • Integrated dual mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 10 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 16 authentic step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Unique Auto Scroll feature for extremely easy operation
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-Track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program