Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline Synthesizer

Model #TB-3

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Specifications

General Information

Instruments Preset Patches: 134
Sequencer User Patterns: 64
Maximum Step: 32 Steps (each pattern)
Scatter Preset: 8
Controllers Touchpad, Cutoff knob, Resonance knob, Accent knob, Effect knob
Display 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Connectors PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: USB type B (Audio/MIDI)
DC IN jack
Power Supply AC adaptor, or obtained via USB port (USB bus power)
Current Draw 500mA
Dimensions (WxDxH) 240 x 173 x 57mm (9.45 x 6.81 x 2.24")
Weight 820g (28.92 oz)
Expert Reviews
Musicradar.34204703
20 February 2014
9.0/10

The Touch Bassline name on the front of the TB-3 perfectly sums up what this box is about: you play the touchpad to create monophonic basslines and sequences.

Sound on sound.34678444
28 April 2014

Roland finally did it — or rather they did something similar. The sound is convincing, but the interface is rather left‑field. Despite a few shortcomings, though, the TB3 represents good value for money.

  • +

    Believable 303 sounds., It isn't just a TB303 clone., Includes effects and a wider range of sounds than expected., Not expensive., Can serve as a 24‑bit audio and MIDI interface.

  • -

    Some vital 303 controls are less accessible than they should be., It isn't just a TB303 clone!, Touchpad doesn't convince., Currently there's no response to glide over MIDI, therefore pattern output cannot be reproduced accurately.

Music tech magazine.34752241
14 February 2014

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User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
5 August 2017
2.0/10

2 others also tried...but the sounds are just NOT worth it.there are far better sounding stuff out therein hardware...this is bottom of the list garbage.

Sweetwater.34753460
11 March 2016
10/10

This thing is so much fun! It's got more options than the original and more sounds and effects. My Sweetwater sales rep was extremely helpful and answered all my questions prior to purchase. Just get one!

Sweetwater.34753460
29 April 2016
10/10

This thing and my Elektron machines go together like peanut butter and jelly! Unreal sounds!

B h photo.32817553
17 January 2016
10/10

It took me a few days to transition from my keyboard synth, but the TB-3 has unsurpassed tone diversity. I mainly use it in production but I might fit it into my performance rig. Now I'm eyeing the accompanying drum machine from Roland!!Great gear!

Sweetwater.34753460
10 January 2016
10/10

Yes, it isn't a 303. It is better in almost every way. I know it is sacrilege to say, but it sounds BETTER than a 303. I can't tell you how much fun I've had re-creating acid classics with this. It is like having a 303 and a bank of effects all at your fingertips.

Sweetwater.34753460
21 October 2015
10/10

What so great about this synth is you punch in a simple bassline into in and choose the sound you want and then tweak the filter and you get the sound . i got mine one month after i got the TR8 and together is like Batman and Robin.

Sweetwater.34753460
24 May 2015
9.0/10

I love the TB-3. It's really something. Endless fun and enjoyment.

Sweetwater.34753460
18 January 2015
10/10

If you want a 303 but with all of todays modern features, then this is for you. Ive listened to many comparisons between this and a TB303 and can't really tell the difference, some people can and if you really care about that 1% difference then maybe you should look into one of the much more...

Sweetwater.34753460
16 December 2014
10/10

I'm so glad they made this again and put some of the old sounds in it from the TB-303 I will be using this in lot of my songs grate job Roland

Audiofanzine.32871410
15 November 2014
10/10

Monophonic synth TB 303 types. No keyboard but a touchpad, and an internal sequence that extends to a C0 C6 but if the sequence with an external keyboard can play a C0 C8.

Product Highlights
  • Digital
  • Sequencer
7.0/10
Average Expert Score
8.2/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline Synthesizer
  • AC Adaptor
  • Leaflet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Roland 1 Year Parts and 90 Day Labor Limited Warranty
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