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TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:17 pm
by Rumbler101
Hi,

Is there an easier way to understand this part of the manual? It's pretty deep and involved. I'd like to get more out of the 303 but the basics stuff is the easiest part of the manual and then after that it's *woosh* :lol: .

Any particular video tutorials available to explain the utmost basics?

Thanks.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:34 pm
by Z
The TB-303 is a b***h to program and the manual doesn't explain it very well. Here's a video that was just uploaded - jump to 12:20 for programming basics:

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:03 pm
by Rumbler101
Z wrote:The TB-303 is a b***h to program and the manual doesn't explain it very well. Here's a video that was just uploaded - jump to 12:20 for programming basics:

Alright, but what would you say apart from creating a sequence, is good to know in the 303? The more advanced features and where's the best place to learn them? The manual is dreadful.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:03 pm
by Z
Rumbler101 wrote:Alright, but what would you say apart from creating a sequence, is good to know in the 303? The more advanced features and where's the best place to learn them? The manual is dreadful.


The TB-303 is a pretty basic synthesizer. Other than mastering its complex sequencing method, there's not much else to know.

Is there something in specific you're looking for? I've got a 303, but I don't use it much. Mine has the Kenton CV Input kit which allows it to be sequenced externally. There's also the Social Entropy Quicksilver chip which adds additional features and optional MIDI In & Out (I don't have Quicksilver installed on mine).

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:08 pm
by Rumbler101
Not anything in particular.

With the sequencing method, what do you mean exactly? If I were to be more specific then I’m wondering how to get it working with my MMT-8 and 909 in Song Mode I suppose; changing patterns etc. Still do go into detail about the sequencing method though please :).

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:36 pm
by madtheory
Isn't the thing with the 303 to kinda use it as a random sequencer? Bang stuff in, see what comes out; leave the batteries out for a bit to corrupt it, etc. etc.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:32 pm
by Rumbler101
Yeah pretty much. I just wanted to master it a little more really if there is anything extra/cool to learn.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:16 pm
by meatballfulton
Rumbler101 wrote: I’m wondering how to get it working with my MMT-8 and 909 in Song Mode I suppose; changing patterns etc.


The 303 is not a MIDI device and as far as I know no MIDI conversion kits (like DevilFish) provide pattern switching.

You are talking about a real 303, right? If you are talking about the recent Roland Boutique TB-03, that does have MIDI.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:38 am
by Rumbler101
I am talking about a real 303 yes.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:19 am
by Z
Rumbler101 wrote:I am talking about a real 303 yes.


For starters, you'll need a device that will convert MIDI into 24ppq DIN Sync. I use vintage Roland SBX-10 and Korg KMS-30 for that, but there are modern devices that can do it such as the Roland SBX-1 and the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

The TB-303 does have "song mode" (TRACK). You can program up to 7 songs/tracks. I've never done that myself and don't know of anyone who has. Most people just program a pattern or two and tweak away - Of course, that's not what is was original intended to do.

Re: TB-303 Intermediate Course and Advanced Course

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:40 am
by Rumbler101
Z wrote:
Rumbler101 wrote:I am talking about a real 303 yes.


For starters, you'll need a device that will convert MIDI into 24ppq DIN Sync. I use vintage Roland SBX-10 and Korg KMS-30 for that, but there are modern devices that can do it such as the Roland SBX-1 and the Arturia BeatStep Pro.

The TB-303 does have "song mode" (TRACK). You can program up to 7 songs/tracks. I've never done that myself and don't know of anyone who has. Most people just program a pattern or two and tweak away - Of course, that's not what is was original intended to do.

Yeah the 303’s “Track Mode” is pretty rudimentary. Not as advanced as the 909’s mode.

Thanks.