Campaign to bring back Roland TB-303
acidtechno.co.uk & acid909.co.uk have launched on Facebook a campaign to get Roland to bring back into production the iconic Roland TB-303
What is the TB-303 and what was its importance?
It was a synthesizer that was produced between 1982 and 1984 by Roland. It was promoted to alongside the TR-606 drum machine. They produced 10000 units in 18 months. Its had a defining role in the development contemporary dance music. Even today many musicians try to have its unique sound in their music.
It was originally designed for guitarists to have bass accompaniment while playing by themselves, but never took off due to the difficulty of programming the device, and didnt sound like a bass guitar. It took off when DJs and producers in Chicago used it to develop the hugely popular house music genre in a new direction. Acid house was born. The unique sound of the TB-303 created the iconic Acidline\acid squelch sound.
Its popularity started in 1985 when DJ Peirre picked one up and started experimenting with it and sent it to the legendary Ron Hardy.
The unique sound is mainly due its low pass filter. Roland made their ‘ladder’ style filter that it utilized unique by using a 3-pole 18db filter instead of 24db that the Moog used.
This little silver box of magic has a very heavy following and is very highly respected within the electronic music industry. It still a lot of music which is produced by this musical instrument and still a dedicated movement trying to simulate the sound through clones and software, but very few if any give the true authentic sound of the original.
Very few musical instruments if any have created entire genres of music like the 303 has & had such an influence on modern music.