The Beatbox 9 is a simplified simulation of the Roland™ TR-909 Rhythm Composer, a partially analog, partially sample-based programmable drum machine. It provides eleven drum sounds that combine synthesized and sampled waveforms. Unlike the Beatbox 8, no pair of drum sounds share instrument channels; all eleven sounds are simultaneously playable. You can edit nine of the drum sounds and set the volume of each of the eleven in the master output mix or in their individual outputs for separate processing and mixing. You can program the Beatbox 9 through note tracks or internal patterns. Each of its four pattern banks can store up to seven patterns. Each pattern can store up to 64 steps for each of the eleven drum sounds. You can define the step duration to equal a 16th, 32nd, 8th triplet or 16th triplet note. Hits can be accented for individual drum sounds. Patterns are always programmed in step mode one instrument at a time. You can play the Beatbox 9 through pattern and note tracks, even simultaneously. The Beatbox 9 provides more realistic sounds than the Beatbox 8 and excels at producing classic pop drum loops. Note: Like the Beatbox 8, the Beatbox 9 also has a power switch. There isn’t an interface element for it and it doesn’t switch off the display, only the sound output. You can automate it in record mode, with the “Tracks” top bar menu, the device context menu and the “Add Track” time-line tools menu. Look for “Beatbox 9 > Master > Power”. Using this feature is nevertheless deprecated, as it will be removed from the next version of the application.

Beatbox 9
Figure 7.4: The Beatbox 9.

The interface of the Beatbox 9 is divided in three sections: the instrument section, the pattern section and the step sequencer section.

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