Propellerhead Software ReBirth RB-338 (1997)
Modelled on Roland’s vaunted TB-303 synth and TR-808 and 909 drum machines, this one was an instant dance music hit!
1 Discontinued in 2005, Propellerhead made ReBirth freely available before offering an iOS version in Apple’s App Store. Though they gave the original their blessing, Roland changed their minds shortly after the release of the iOS version, as seen here.
2 The desktop version is still quite usable, although it’s been all but aged out by OS upgrades. However, if you paid for the iOS version, you should still be able to use it on your pre-iOS 11 devices. Here, we’ve tapped in a basic four-to-the-floor kick drum beat on the 808.
3 Next, we go down to the TR-909 and add snares on the backbeat, then dial in a bit of Delay in the Mix panel just to the right. Using the top TB-303’s Step button, we walk through the pattern, adding notes and tweaking the synth parameters, and perhaps adding some distortion in the mixer.