Wednesday, November 15, 2006

x0xb0x | TB303 clone

The TB303 (Transistor Bass) was introduced by Roland in the early 1982's. Invented by Tadao Kikumoto, at that time the 303 was not expensive, only about £215. The small plastic-piece was intended to emulate a real bass player. Roland stopped producing them 18 months after releasing it. They'd produced about 20.000 copies alltogether (TB303+TR303 as these boxes was released and offered to the market at the same time). Nowdays, hardly several items on ebay, used equipment stocks sale some, and a safe price for the box in good condition is fluctuating around $700.

"Hello, my name is Limor & I'm an engineer."
Introducting the x0xb0x. It is not just another MIDI-controlled TB-303 clone. x0xb0x is a full reproduction of the original Roland synthesizer, with fully functional sequencer. These sick enthusiasts Deutsch engineers sourced all of the original components, even though "it took 6 months of harrassing people on the phone, but we tracked down all the original transistors. Just deciding on which potentiometers to go with took three solid weeks of searching through catalogs". Now, starting at $315.00 via Adafruit Industries. But of cource, this kit is in such high demand, you have to get on the waiting list to purchase it.

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