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The Sound that Gave Birth to a Movement  

Some instruments are so groundbreaking, they create entire musical genres. Roland’s TB-303 is one of these influential instruments, but it wasn’t always seen that way. 

When Roland released the TB-303 Bass Line in 1981 it was marketed as a computerized bass machine to simulate a bass guitar. However, as its unique history has shown, inventive electronic musicians soon discovered the 303. They often came across one second-hand, finding a world of uses for the little silver box and its fluid low end.   

Using the 303 in new ways, DJ Pierre and Phuture pioneered what came to be known as acid. This new style helped form a host of other electronic music genres. The iconic sounds of the 303 remain inseparable from dance music, and they form the foundation of countless historic recordings.

Learn more about the history of the Roland TB-303 Bass Line.Available within Roland Cloud Manager

Continuing the Legacy 

Roland Cloud's TB-303 Software Bass Synthesizer takes the classic instrument to the next level. Utilizing the same ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) modeling as the Roland JUNO-106, JUPITER-8, and others from our Legendary series, the virtual TB-303 captures the hypnotic tone of the original hardware and forms the perfect complement to the TR-909 and other instruments in Roland Cloud.  

Like the Roland TR-808 and its influence on hip-hop, the TB-303 played an essential role in the development of the late ‘80s-early ‘90s rave culture. It is safe to say electronic music as we know it would not exist without this unassuming musical device. The 303 hooked producers with its ability to continually shapeshift and transform grooves in real time. There hasn’t been anything like it since, and now it’s yours to enjoy as part of a Roland Cloud subscription. 

The TB-303: Refined and Reimagined

Edit Window

The 303’s new editing window is one of the most striking features. For the first time, you can create and edit patterns with a visual interface. With the ability to see the DNA of a preset pattern, you can edit a variation, or start from scratch then step-edit a new pattern, using up to 6 octaves withuser-defined scales, accents, slides, pitch manipulation, and more. The new randomize/generate functions create an endless supply of classic 303 patterns. Exploring the 303 has never been this easy.

64 Patches and Patterns Per Bank

For the first time, the TB-303 can hold up to 64 patterns and 64 patches per bank. The 8 variations of a pattern are still accessible on the faceplate. Plus, with 32 preset patterns and 48 unique sounds, the 303 arrives prepared with sonic templates for you to explore. 

5 Play Modes

With five new play modes (Forward / Reverse / FWD&REV / Invert / Random) Roland Cloud’s TB-303 widens the ability to experiment. These new functions allow sonic alchemists to twist and turn the bass, changing direction at will.  

The Secret Panel 

A hidden panel on the far-right corner of the 303 unlocks of a variety of new tone-coloring features. Explore the expanded circuit modification via the new VCF trim, Vintage Condition, and Master Tune knobs.The onboard effects, including distortion and delay with tempo-sync, are sure to inspire fresh ideas.  

Virtual Acid: TB-303 for a New Generation   

Roland Cloud’s TB-303 provides the means to emulate the past or pave brave new pathways. It is an instrument with a proud history of shaking up the status quo and defying expectations. Use the TB-303 to leave an imprint on tomorrow’s sounds and become part of a lasting legacy. 

Available within Roland Cloud Manager

Praise for the Legendary TB-303

"Few electronic musical instruments have made an impact as big as the TB-303."

-DJ Tech Tools

"One of the first boxes to define the sound of electronic dance music was the Roland TB-303 Bassline"

-The Guardian

"The 303, as electronic music fans know, went on to become a huge part of the Chicago house sound, and the essential bedrock of acid house."

-MN2S

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SPECIFICATIONS

Maximum Polyphony
1 voice
Tone Generator
WAVEFORM (Saw, Square)
TUNING
CUT OFF FREQ
RESONANCE
ENV MOD
DECAY
ACCENT
MASTER TUNE
CONDITION
VCF TRIM
Drive
TYPE (OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, DRIVE, COMPRESSOR)
TONE
DEPTH
Delay
TYPE (DELAY, PAN DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS)
TIME
LEVEL
TEMPO SYNC
Step Sequencer
16 steps
8 (1 - 8) variations per 1 pattern
SHUFFLE
SCALE (1/8T, 1/16T ,1/16, 1/32)
PLAY MODE (FORWARD, REVERSE, FWD&REV, INVERT, RANDOM)
RANDOMIZER (GENERATE, MODIFY)
Tune
430.0Hz--450.0Hz
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Memories Per Bank
64 patterns
64 patches
*User can make new user banks..
Plug-in Formats
VSTi 2.4 (64 bit) * Windows only
VSTi 3.6 (64 bit)
AU
AAX

System Requirements (Mac OS)

Operating System
Mac OS X 10.12
Mac OS X 10.13
Mac OS X 10.14
Host Applications
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
AAX compatible
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo or better
RAM
4 GB or greater
Hard Disk
100 MB or greater
Display Resolution and Colors
1,280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or greater
Other
Internet connection required to authenticate software

System Requirements (Windows)

Operating System
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 7 SP1
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8.1
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 10

* This does not work with the Windows(R) RT.
* This does not work with the Windows(R) Phone.
* This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Applications
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
AAX compatible
CPU
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo or better
RAM
4 GB or greater
Hard Disk
100 MB or greater
Display Resolution and Colors
1,280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or greater
Other
Internet connection required to authenticate software

* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the TB-303 Software Bass Line, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the TB-303 Software Bass Line based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements.

This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.

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About the Legendary Series


Authentic recreations of legendary Roland analog and digital synthesizers with ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) and DCB (Digital Circuit Behavior) technology, including the JUNO-106, TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, JUPITER-8, and JX-3P. These classic instruments are some of the most popular synths in Roland’s catalog.

Available within Roland Cloud Manager