Roland TR-09 the Missing Manual – A user’s guide to the TR-09 Rhythm Composer

A USER’S GUIDE TO THE ROLAND TR-09 Rhythm Composer
THE MISSING MANUAL
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PDF FORMAT – Version 0.1 November 2017

This is user’s guide number five – The User’s Guide to the Roland TR-09
I’ve collected all of the information I can about the TR-09 Rhythm Composer and compiled it into a PDF document for you which is in the form, and in the spirit of the original TR-909 manual.

I started doing these because the first leaflet style manuals which arrived with my Roland Boutique synths were too small to read, and so abbreviated that I was left feeling a little underwhelmed. I wanted more. So I learned more, and tried a bunch of things and eventually took my notebooks and turned them into the missing manuals for these lovely little things.

I hope they open a world for you, and guide you through the features, and serves you as a reference guide for things you forget, or wonder about.

At the end there is both a “patch memo” intended for transcribing your settings for the sounds, as well as a “pattern” memo” which is meant to allow us to transcribe the actual patterns we write. I hope these are useful to you, and make writing beats, and sharing ideas easier, and more fun.

PLAY LIVE! Join me.
I LOVE YOU.

Sunshine Jones
Nov 1st 2017
San Francisco, California

50 Comments

  1. Dan Isaac:

    Thank you, Sir! Your manuals are a welcomed blessing!! Thank you, thank you!

  2. Wingo Shackleford:

    Dude, you ROCK!

  3. Joseph Lepkowski:

    Awesome ! I like how your continuing your great work against the road map manuals of what should have been.

  4. Andre Ezer:

    Roland should seriously pay you for this. That’s how much better they are than the originals

  5. Dan Isaac:

    ^^^ what he said ^^^

  6. Raja Azar:

    Oh my god thank you!!!!!!!!

  7. Jake Cadigal:

    Thank you!!

  8. Steffen Waldow:

    You‘re the best! ♥

  9. Sunshine:

    @Andre & @Dan – You guys are sweet. I wouldn’t take money if they offered it. I do this for love.

  10. Dan Isaac:

    Dude…. you fucking rock!

  11. Harry Callahan:

    Do you have one for the vp-03?

  12. Gary Gill:

    Sunshine u r awesome!

  13. Xavier Case Corrick:

    Thank you!

  14. Sunshine:

    @HARRY CALLAHAN – I don’t have the VP-03. If I did I would absolutely plan on writing one. Love that thing.

  15. Mike Smith:

    Wow thank you so much.

  16. Robert D. Grijalva:

    A thousand likes!

    Now, if somebody would be willing to do the same for the TB-03 and the TR-08 boutiques that I also happen to own. (Hint, Hint).

  17. Sunshine:

    TR-08 is planned. I give you my word.
    I would love to do one for the VP-03 and for the TB-03 but I don’t have those… if I did, I would. I don’t think it’s right for me to attempt to write or re write a manual for something I don’t have.

  18. Rick Martinez:

    Thank you!!!!

  19. Robert D. Grijalva:

    Printed and 3 hole punched. Ready to go into a binder whenever I get home today

  20. Brad Ashwell:

    Thanks for doing this!

  21. Vincent Salas:

    I don’t think I could possibly love Sunshine Jones more. And then I do!

  22. Alberto Marín:

    Thanks

  23. Arthur Kerrey:

    That’s a lot of work, thank you heaps !

  24. Joost Houter:

    Thanks!

  25. Neil Fox:

    Thanks for what you do to help the music grow

  26. Mister P:

    Thank you so much for all your manuals which I have also in hard copy. Really generous of you!

  27. Jonny Ellis:

    This is incredible, you have done a very good deed and should reward yourself today, thanks so much…

  28. Chris Rawlinson:

    Legend. What a gent

  29. Dante Pettus:

    Please do this for the TR-08

  30. Eric Bliedtner:

    Awesome!!!

  31. Björn Ellebrecht:

    Thanks, the manual is very professional

  32. Sunshine:

    @Dante Pettus – It’s planned. I will as soon as I can.

  33. Dante Pettus:

    Thank you. That small fine print is crazy. It doesn’t even give a full explanation either.

  34. Jorge Martins:

    Awesome!! Thanks bud.

  35. Jean-FrançoisSylvain:

    Thank you so much, something I can actually read without a magnifier!

  36. Simon James Dodson:

    Legend!

  37. Marc Davidson:

    Thank you for your kind endeavour. Most appreciated.

  38. Simon James Dodson:

    Any chance of any other manuals for the Boutique and Aira Range?

  39. Sunshine:

    @Simon – I’ve done the JU-06, JP-08, JX-03, SE-02 and the TR-09.
    The TR-08 and SH-01A are planned (SH-01A in the works)
    See them all in the non-fiction category of this site:
    http://sunshine-jones.com/category/nonfiction/

  40. Basimathieu:

    Thank you! Very great and useful manual!

  41. Simon James Dodson:

    You are legend! Niice work. I have enough Roland manuals to wallpaper my stairs and landing!

  42. Scotty James:

    love this, thank you!!

  43. Pedro Monza:

    GIVE THAT MAN A MEDAL!

  44. Sunshine:

    @Pedro – The only medal I want is for YOU to make music. Play Live! Join me!!!

  45. Christoph Marek:

    thank you!!!

  46. What you did transcend the passion for music, it’s true love.
    Thank you.

  47. homie:

    thank you so much

  48. Thanks so much for this! If you ever find time for a D-05 manual I’d be eternally grateful! :-)

  49. Sunshine:

    @Gary – I would love to illustrate and rewrite the manual for the D-05, but I haven’t got one, so I wouldn’t even begin to attempt a manual for something which wasn’t right in front of me.

    On the other hand, isn’t the software for the D-50 and the D-05 exactly the same? Maybe just grab the old school manual and you’re there? fingers crossed.

  50. Josh:

    Thanks again – just picked up a TR-09, after the TR-08, and a year after selling the TR-8 thinking samples in a Rytm would be enough. I was going to build a Nava, and still may, but was impressed enough with the TR-08 to get the 909 too.

    Would be awesome to have TR-08 and SH-01a guides too, but I know they are a lot of work. It’s amazing how simple the TR-8 is in comparison. Interface design has come along way since 1980.

    Was just in SF (my stomping grounds), but missed your show in Santa Cruz. Maybe next time.

    And there is a ton of D-50 stuff out there. Google Cult of D-50.

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