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Roland TB-03

17-Jun-2024

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Roland TB-03



Category:  Products / synthesisers / modeling synthesisers

Added: 24-Nov-23  |  Author: admin

New price: £330  |   S/H price: £200 - £250


Roland TB-03



The battery-powered TB-03 is a direct descendant of the famous TB-303 Bass Line Synth. The layout and controls are unchanged, so it works just like the original. It sounds like it too, thanks to Roland’s advanced ACB technology that recreates the hypnotic liquid grooves of the magic silver box. But the new TB-03 goes even further, with several enhancements not found on the original model. The four-digit LED display makes programming easier and more accurate, while overdrive and delay effects let you unleash a twisted, tribal wall of sound to send the crowd into a frenzy. Back in the studio, the TB-03 can send control information via MIDI or its USB port, the latter of which also functions as a audio interface.



 



So says the Roland website... and for a while, along with the AIRA series TB-3, Roland had two modelling emulations of the TB-303 which were both good - offering slightly different additional features - and both functioning as a USB audio interface albeit with Line-level input only & no Mic pre-amp/s. But then Behringer came along and released a 100% analog, circuit-accurate TB-303 clone for way less money which also included CV & Gate OUT & semi-modular Filter & Sync inputs and in some ways ruined it all for Roland. Yes their TB-03 runs off batteries but Behringer's all-analog 303 clone is just so cheap it's hard for Roland to compete.



 



I summary in any buyers-guide type situation, we'd say go for the Behringer clone, but remember the Roland TB-03 does also give you a line input only USB audio interface.



 



 



 

The K-25m keyboard unit



 





 



Like all the Boutique range, the TB-03 can be used as a tabletop module triggered from any 3rd party MIDI keyboard controller or directly from any DAW external MIDI track. Obviously as the TB-03 copies the TB-303 Bassline, its patterns can be created using the built-in step sequencer with its classic Slide and other step functions, and most people will use the TB-03 that way or trigger it from a DAW track. However a further option is to add the optional K-25m keyboard unit which connects to any of the Boutique modules using an included ribbon cable & then you have the option to play the TB-03 from dedicated keys if required.



 



The K-25m is a 25-key, velocity sensitive keyboard designed for use with the Roland Boutique series. Measuring less than 12″ across, the K-25m acts as a dock for any Roland Boutique module, and once in place the module can be tilted at two different angles for easier viewing and sound programming, or can be laid completely flat.



 



The K-25m retails at around £95 from most music tech suppliers.



 



 



 



 



 



 













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