The Roland tr-909 prototype drum machine with a row of switches for each individual drum. Tadao Kikumoto later decided to only use a single row of switches and share them between drum sounds. Tadao also decided to remove the giant 3.2 Farad capacitors that allowed the drum machine to produce the amazing 10HZ kick drum waves. These design changes pretty much killed the appeal of the tr-909 thus limiting it to sales to less than 10,000 units.
Doepfer, trying to cash in on Tadao’s genius, later tried to copy the original 909 design and released the Schaltwerk in 1997.
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