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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 Instrument that Gave Birth to a Movement  

Some instruments are so groundbreaking, they create entire musical genres—the electric guitar and the Hammond organ being shining examples. 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 traditional bass guitar. However, as its unique history has shown, inventive electronic musicians soon discovered the 303. They often came across one second-hand; and, these creative musicians found a world of uses for the little silver box and its recognizably fluid low end.   

By using the 303 in new ways, these pioneers of early house music inadvertently created a sound that came to be known as acid. This new sound 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.

An Authentic Evolution with Expanded Features 

Dig into the digital version of the fabled Roland TB-303. The tidy feel and massive sound of the original are here—from the iconic interface to the six highly playable knobs, it achieves that signature crunch and squelch. The software 303 retains the flow and functionality of the original design while adding a multitude of new features which surely would have turned heads back in the day. 

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 with user-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.  

Click on the image below to download this graphic tour of the TB-303 as a hi-res PDF!

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.  

More Memory and Manipulation   

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. 

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. 

ALL-NEW KEY FEATURES

  • 64 patterns per bank 
  • 64 patches per bank 
  • 8 variations per pattern  
  • 48 preset patches and 32 preset patterns included 
  • New graphic edit window for step input, pattern edit and pattern creation  
  • Circuit modification via the new VCF Trim, Vintage Condition, and Master Tune knobs 
  • Condition knob adjusts the age and condition of the virtual hardware 
  • Tone knobs for tuning, cutoff frequency, filter resonance, filter envelope, envelope decay, and accent  
  • Effects control for overdrive and delay with tempo sync 
  • Pattern drag and drop of MIDI/audio data to DAW  
  • 5 play modes: Forward, Reverse, Fwd & Rev, Invert, and Random 
  • 6-octave spread (C0 to C6) 
  • Position locking to DAW 
 

 

Specs

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) i5 or better
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 100 MB or more
Display Resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to Authenticate this software.

System Requirements (Windows)

Operating System Operating System:
Microsoft(R)Windows(R)7 SP1
Microsoft(R)Windows(R)8/8.1
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) i5 or better
RAM 4 GB or more
Hard Disk 100 MB or more
Display Resolution and Colors 1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to Authenticate this 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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Support

TB-303 Software Bass Line Owner's Manual (English)

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