System Settings Playing/Recording a Pattern Adjusting

TB-03
English
Bass Line
Owner’s Manual
Introduction
In order to use this device correctly, please carefully read “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” and “IMPORTANT NOTES” (the “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” leaflet) before use.
After reading, keep these instructions at hand for immediate reference.
Playing/Recording a Pattern
The TB-03 is a sound module that uses cutting-edge modeling technology to faithfully model the Roland
TB-303 which went on sale in 1982. In addition to its compact size, it allows battery-powered operation and
contains a small speaker. You’ll be able to enjoy full-fledged TB-303 sound anywhere.
* The TB-03 can operate on batteries or on USB bus power. If you are using batteries, insert four AA batteries,
making sure that the batteries are oriented correctly.
* If you handle batteries improperly, you risk explosion and fluid leakage. Make sure that you carefully
observe all of the items related to batteries that are listed in “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” and “IMPORTANT
NOTES” (leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”).
* When turning the unit over, be careful so as to protect the buttons and knobs from damage. Also, handle
the unit carefully; do not drop it.
* When the batteries run low, the “Bt.Lo” blinks in the display. Replace the battery as soon as possible.
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Using the TB-03 in conjunction with the DK-01 Boutique Dock (accessory)
Controller
Connecting Your Equipment
* To prevent malfunction and equipment failure, always turn down the volume, and turn off all the units
before making any connections.
A
B
C
D
E
F
J
: Square wave
2 [TUNING] knob
Tuning
3 [CUT OFF FREQ] knob
Filter cutoff (brightness of the sound)
4 [RESONANCE] knob
Filter resonance (distinctive character)
5 [ENV MOD] knob
Envelope modulation (tonal change)
Adjusts the overdrive.
Turning this knob fully left turns it off.
The overdrive type can be selected in the system settings.
Sets the delay time and feedback.
Turning the [FEEDBACK] knob fully left turns it off.
The delay type can be selected in the system settings.
* When reverb is selected, these knobs adjust the “reverb time” and “dry:
wet.” Turning the [FEEDBACK] knob fully left turns it off.
1.Hold down the 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] button that you want to clear, and press the 15 [PATTERN CLEAR]
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “PATTERN PLAY.”
C PHONES jack
Connect headphones (sold separately) here.
Selecting a pattern
1.Use the 11 [PATT. GROUP] knob to select a pattern group (I–IV).
D OUTPUT jack
Connect this jack to your amp or monitor speakers.
Pattern group “I” is selected regardless of whether you select numbers 1 or 2.
2.Use the 23 24 PATT. SECTION [A][B] buttons to select a pattern section (A,
MIDI OUT
MIDI IN
MIDI device
TB-03
G TRIGGER IN jack *1
You can use a mini-plug (mono) cable to connect this to a device that’s equipped with a TRIGGER OUT jack
(such as the TR-09). If a plug is inserted into this jack, the TB-03 is disconnected from its internal clock, so that its
steps advance each time a trigger pulse is received at this jack.
H CV OUTPUT jack *1
You can use a mini-plug (mono) cable to connect this jack to an analog synthesizer that’s equipped with CV/
GATE input jacks.
The pitch that is played by the TB-03 is output from this jack without change. The pitch is output in the range of
-1 V–+7 V. This supports OCT/V (Hz/V is not supported).
I GATE OUTPUT jack *1
This jack outputs note-on/off signals. During note-on, +12 V is output.
Playing patterns consecutively
When selecting a pattern, you can select multiple patterns by pressing two buttons at the same time. The
patterns you’ve selected will play consecutively. The currently-playing pattern blinks.
Playing a pattern
1.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button to play/stop a pattern.
Pattern transpose
1.Hold down the 18 [PITCH MODE] button and then press the 19 keyboard button.
Setting the tempo
In pattern play mode, the display shows the tempo.
You can press the 13 [TEMPO] button to see the two digits of the tempo value below the decimal point.
*1Do not use a “stereo mini-plug” cable; it won’t work correctly.
Turning the Power On
J [POWER] switch
This turns the power on/off.
* After you’ve made connections correctly, be sure to turn on the power in the order of the TB-03 first, and
then the connected system. Powering-on in the incorrect order may cause malfunctions or damage. When
turning the power off, power-off the connected system first, and then the TB-03.
* Before turning the unit on/off, always be sure to turn the volume down. Even with the volume turned down,
you might hear some sound when switching the unit on/off. However, this is normal and does not indicate
a malfunction.
to enter the notes.
* Entering the TIE: Hold down one of the 19 [1]–[8] buttons and tap the 26 [TAP] button.
When you finish entering the first measure, the metronome stops and the pattern plays as a loop.
If the timing was not entered as you intended, re-do the procedure from step 3.
button.
Pattern Write (Step Recording Mode)
To use a triplet grid
By default, each step is a 16th note, but by holding down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and pressing the 22 [
button you can use a triplet grid (each step is an 8th note triplet).
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Changing the number of steps in a pattern
1.Hold down the [FUNCTION] button and press the 21 [STEP] button the number of times that you want
to specify.
Example: If you want there to be eight steps, press the button eight times.
The display shows the number of steps.
* You can also change the number of steps in the pattern by holding down the 20 [TIME MODE] button and
turning the 14 [VALUE] knob (1–16).
1.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and turn the 14 [VALUE] knob to select “NoDE.”
2.Release the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
3.Use the 14 [VALUE] knob to select “StEP.”
4.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
Selecting PATTERN WRITE mode
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “PATTERN WRITE.”
Selecting a pattern
You’re in pitch entry mode.
2.Use the 19 keyboard buttons to enter the pitches.
Clearing a pattern
Example: In the case of the following notes, enter pitches in the order “C, C, D#, C…”
& Refer to “Pattern Playback”–”Selecting a pattern”
1.Hold down the 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] button that you want to clear, and press the 15 [PATTERN CLEAR]
button.
Step recording
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C
C
G F D
The display shows a number (1, 2, 3…) in the order of the notes that you enter; you can use the 14 [VALUE]
knob to select a number.
3.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
Entering octave-up or octave-down pitches
Shift the octave up or down by pressing (or holding down) 22 [TRANSPOSE UP] or 21 [TRANSPOSE DOWN],
then press a 19 keyboard button (Lit: ± 1 octave, Blink: ± 2 octaves).
1.Press the 18 [PITCH MODE] button so it’s lit.
You’re in step recording entry mode.
2.Use the buttons and the 14 [VALUE] knob to enter performance data into the steps.
The display shows the current step number (1–16). You can also use the 14 [VALUE] knob to move to a
different step.
* Even during step recording, you can play back the pattern by pressing the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
Checking the pitches
1.Press the 18 [PITCH MODE] button so it’s lit.
2.Press the 26 [TAP] button to check the pitch of each note.
3.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
If the pitches were not entered as you intended, re-enter them starting with step 1 of “Entering the pitches.”
* Note that when you re-enter the pitches, the accent and slide data you entered are lost.
Setting the shuffle
Entering the timing
If you long-press the 13 [TEMPO] button, the shuffle value is displayed.
You can set the shuffle setting by holding down the 13 [TEMPO] button and turning the 14 [VALUE] knob
(-50–0–50, 0=Shuffle off ).
1.Press the 20 [TIME MODE] button so it’s lit.
Controller
Explanation
14 [VALUE] knob
Moves between steps.
19 Keyboard buttons
Enter a note and proceed to the next step.
21 [DOWN] button
Shift the octave up/down.
Lit: ± 1 octave
Blink: ± 2 octaves
22 [UP] button
20
The display shows the step number; you can use the 14 [VALUE] knob to select the step.
When you’ve finished entering all of the steps (16 steps by default), the 20 [TIME MODE] button goes dark.
Checking the time
Rest
Note
[TIME MODE] + 22 [UP] button
Example: In the case of the following notes, enter “7, 6, 7, 6…” in that order.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
While you hold down this button,
the note, tie, and rest are shown
by the lit buttons.
[TIME MODE] button
You’re in time entry mode.
2.Use the note selector 21 [7](note), 22 [6](tie), and 23 [—](rest) buttons to enter the timing.
Hold down the 20 [TIME MODE] button and turn the 14 [VALUE] knob to change the number of steps in the
pattern (1–16).
* This change in the number of steps is temporary; it is not saved. If you want to save the change, change the
number of steps in “pattern write” mode.
What is “step”?
Each pattern is divided into 16 grid locations called “steps.” One step is a 16th note long ( ).
Select “step recording mode” in system settings
In TB-303 original mode, you enter the notes of a pattern using separate operations to specify the pitch and the
timing. Enter the pitches first.
1.Press the 18 [PITCH MODE] button so it’s lit.
You can use the 14 [VALUE] knob to adjust the tempo.
Temporarily changing the number of steps in a pattern
This is the step recording mode that was newly added on the TB-03. You’ll enter notes, rests, accents, and
slides/ties while watching the step number in the display.
Entering the pitches
B, C).
You can press the [A] and [B] buttons simultaneously to select C (both [A] and
[B] are lit).
3.Use the 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] buttons to select a pattern.
F MIDI connectors
You can synchronize the TB-03 with other MIDI device by using a
commercially available MIDI cable to make connections.
The metronome sounds.
4.In time with the sound of the metronome, press the 26 [TAP] button at the timing at which you want
Clearing a pattern
Selecting PATTERN PLAY mode
B [VOLUME] knob
Adjusts the volume.
Setting the shuffle
Decay (duration of the sound)
What are patterns and tracks?
A “pattern” is performance data that divides a measure into 16 steps.
The TB-03 has 96 “patterns” and seven “tracks” in which patterns can be arranged.
2.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
3.Press the 15 [PATTERN CLEAR] button.
While the tempo is shown, you can use the 14 [VALUE] knob to adjust the tempo.
Strength of accents you’ve input in the pattern
Pattern Playback
* Before you continue, complete the steps for “Entering the pitches.”
1.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
below the decimal point.
7 [ACCENT] knob
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1.Press the [PITCH MODE] button 18 so it’s lit.
2.Press the 26 [TAP] button to check each note. If you want to add an accent, hold down the 26 [TAP]
Tap Write (Entering Timing in Real Time)
In pattern write mode, the display shows the step number, but you can press the 13 [TEMPO] button to make
the tempo appear for three seconds.
While the tempo is shown, you can press the 13 [TEMPO] button to see the two digits of the tempo value
6 [DECAY] knob
9 DELAY [TIME]/
10 [FEEDBACK] knob
Entering accents and slides
3.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
& Refer to “Pattern Playback”–”Setting the shuffle”
8 [OVERDRIVE] knob
A Micro USB (O) port
Use a commercially available USB 2.0 cable (A-microB) to connect this
port to your computer.
It can be used to transfer USB MIDI and USB audio data. You must install
the USB driver when connecting the TB-03 to your computer. Download the USB driver from the Roland
website. For details, refer to Readme.htm which is included in the download.
& http://www.roland.com/support/
* Do not use a micro USB cable that is designed only for charging a device. Charge-only cables cannot
transmit data.
: Saw wave,
* You can also check by pressing the 16 [RUN/STOP] button to play/stop the pattern.
If the notes were not entered as you intended, re-enter them starting with step 1 of “Entering the timing.”
button and press the 23 [ACCENT] button. If you want to add a slide, hold down the 26 [TAP] button
and press the 24 [SLIDE] button.
Setting the tempo
Explanation
1 [WAVEFORM] switch
You can also play the TB-03 via MIDI or USB. For details, refer to “Connecting Your Equipment.”
E MIX IN jack
This is the audio input jack. Sound from the connected device is output
from the OUTPUT jack and PHONES jack.
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “PATTERN WRITE.”
& Refer to “Pattern Playback”–”Selecting a pattern”
Adjusting the Sound
Playing the TB-03 via MIDI or USB
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Selecting PATTERN WRITE mode
Selecting a pattern
& For installation/removal/angle adjustment, refer to the DK-01’s Owner’s Manual.
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3.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
Pattern Write (TB-303 Original Mode)
Original mode and step recording mode
The TB-03 has two pattern write modes.
“Original mode” reproduces the pattern write operation of the TB-303, and “step recording mode” is newly
added on the TB-03. You can use the system setting “Step Recording Mode” to switch between these modes.
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Tie
Enters a tie and proceeds to the next step.
[TIME MODE] + 23 [ACCENT] button Enters a rest and proceeds to the next step.
23 [ACCENT] button
Enters an accent on/off (the step does not advance).
24 [SLIDE] button
Enters a slide on/off (the step does not advance).
3.To exit the step recording, press the 17 [FUNCTION] button.
* For details on the following operations, refer to “Pattern Write (TB-303 Original Mode).”
55 Using a triplet grid
55 Changing the number of steps in the pattern
1.Press the 20 [TIME MODE] button so it’s lit.
2.Press the 26 [TAP] button to check the data of each note.
Playing/Editing a Track
System Settings
1.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and turn the 14 [VALUE] knob to select a parameter.
Track Write
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1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “TRACK WRITE.”
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When you release the 17 [FUNCTION] button, the parameter is finalized and the value is
displayed.
2.Use the 14 [VALUE] knob to set the value.
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Selecting TRACK WRITE mode
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3.Press the 17 [FUNCTION] button, to exit the system settings.
Selecting a track
1.Use the 11 [TRACK] knob to select a track (1–7).
Track Playback
Parameter
CH
MIDI Channel 1–16, OFF Specifies the MIDI transmit/receive channel (1–16, OFF).
Value
The display shows the measure number.
AUtO
The pattern group that can be written to a track
The pattern group that can be written to a track is the group that is selected
by the [TRACK] knob. For example in the case of tracks 1 and 2, the pattern
group is “I.”
You can arrange patterns to create a track for a song.
Display
SYnC
MIDI Clock
Source
Int
OFF
Writing a track
Selecting TRACK PLAY mode
A.OFF
1.Use the 15 [BAR RESET] button to return to measure 1.
2.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “TRACK PLAY.”
Selecting a track
dENO
Auto Off
LED Demo
Loop-playback occurs during track write. The pattern that plays at this time is the pattern that was written
into measure 1.
3.Use the 23 24 PATT. SECTION [A][B] buttons and the 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] buttons to select the pattern
1.Use the 11 [TRACK] knob to select a track (1–7).
The display shows the measure number.
30 (min)
OFF
1 (min)
3 (min)
10 (min)
that is entered at measure 1.
If you want to write with transposition, hold down the 18 [PITCH MODE] button and press a 19 keyboard
button to specify the transposition key.
4.Press the 26 [WRITE/NEXT] button.
Playing a track
1.Use the 15 [BAR RESET] button to return to measure 1.
2.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button to play/stop a track.
OrG
NoDE
The pattern is entered, and you proceed to measure 2.
5.Repeat steps 3–4 to enter up to one measure before the last measure.
Playing tracks consecutively
If you use the 11 [TRACK] knob to select a track (1–7) while a track is playing, the next track is played
Step
Recording
Mode
6.Select the pattern for the last measure.
7.Press the 15 [D.C.] button, and then press the 26 [WRITE / NEXT] button.
consecutively after the last measure (D.C. measure) of the track has played.
StEP
D.C. (Da Capo) is entered.
8.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button to exit the track write.
Functions in Track Mode
You can use the following functions in either track play or write mode.
Od
Overdrive
Type
Making Corrections
Recalling a measure number
D. Typ Delay Type
If you entered something by mistake, you can correct it as follows.
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “TRACK WRITE.”
1.Turn the 14 [VALUE] knob to specify the measure number.
Using the [FUNCTION] button to recall a measure number
1.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and use the numeric buttons ([1]–[9], [0], [100], [200]) to specify
the measure number.
2.Recall the measure number as described in “Recalling a measure number.”
3.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
4.Use the 23 24 PATT. SECTION [A][B] buttons and the 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] buttons to re-select the pattern.
d. SnC
Delay Tempo
Sync
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Tape
diGi
Rev
OFF
SynC
Explanation
If MIDI clock is being input to the MIDI IN connector or the USB
port, the TB-03’s tempo will automatically synchronize to MIDI clock
(default).
The TB-03 operates at the tempo specified on the unit itself. Choose
the “INTERNAL” setting if you don’t want to synchronize to an external
device.
The power does not turn off automatically.
The power turns off automatically after 30 minutes (default).
* Auto Off does not occur while USB-connected.
Specifies the time until the LED DEMO is shown (default: 3).
This is original mode, which reproduces the TB-303’s pattern write
operation (default setting).
This mode uses a unique concept in which pitch and timing (time) are
entered using separate processes, and requires practice in order to
enter the phrase that you intend. Although this mode requires complex
operation, it can result in some remarkable phrases being created by
accident, so please try using it.
This is step recording mode, which was newly added on the TB-03.
You can enter notes while watching the step number in the display.
Compared with original mode, this mode makes it easier to enter
the phrase that you intend. We recommend that beginners start by
learning this mode.
This is the high-gain overdrive sound of the BOSS OD-2.
This gives a basic, traditional distortion sound.
Produces a distortion sound with both the smoothness of an overdrive
along with a deep distortion.
Tape Echo
Digital Delay
Reverb
Delay time is synchronized to the tempo (default: off ).
Entering D.C. (Da Capo)
Pressing the 15 [D.C.] button enters D.C. (Da Capo) at the current measure.
Entering
Measure
number
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55
101
Order to press
numeric buttons
[100] 0 [3] 0 [1]
[5] 0 [5]
[100] 0 [1]
(Segno)
Pressing the 25 [ ] (Segno) button enters (Segno) at the current measure.
5.Press the 26 [WRITE/NEXT] button.
Example setting:
Display *1
6.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
Lit: [100], [3], Blink: [1]
Lit/Blink: [5]
Lit: [100], Blink: [1]
Delete
*1When you press the [FUNCTION] button, the lit or blinking state of the numeric buttons indicates the
current measure number.
55 The 10s and 100s places are lit, and the 1s place is blinking.
55 If the measure number consists of repeated digits such as 55 or 33, the lit and blinking states alternate at
each beat.
Here’s how to delete one measure from the patterns in the track.
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “TRACK WRITE.”
2.As described in “Recalling a measure number,” move to the
measure that you want to delete.
3.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and press the 19
Setting the tempo
In track play/write mode, the display shows the measure number, but you can press the 13 [TEMPO] button to
make the tempo appear for three seconds.
While the tempo is shown, you can press the 13 [TEMPO] button to see the two digits of the tempo value
below the decimal point.
While the tempo is shown, you can use the 14 [VALUE] knob to adjust the tempo.
[DELETE] (C #) button.
Restoring the Factory Settings (Factory Reset)
Insert
Here’s how to return the TB-03 to its factory-set state.
1.While holding down the 19 [2] button, turn on the power.
You can insert patterns into the track.
1.Turn the 12 [MODE] knob to set to “TRACK WRITE.”
The 26 [TAP] button blinks.
If you decide to cancel the factory reset, turn off the power.
2.Press the 26 [TAP] button to execute the factory reset.
2.As described in “Recalling a measure number,” move to
Setting the shuffle
the measure at which you want to insert.
Example: If you select measure 4, the pattern is inserted
between measure 3 and measure 4.
3.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and press the 19 [INS] (D#) button.
& Refer to “Pattern Playback”–”Setting the shuffle.”
Indication of D.C. (Da Capo/last measure)
What is D.C. (Da Capo)?
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When playback reaches the end of the measure that is
specified as D.C., playback returns to the first measure of the
track.
1.Hold down the 17 [FUNCTION] button and press the 15 [D.C.] button.
The number of the measure specified as D.C. is displayed.
D.C.
3.When all buttons blink, turn the TB-03’s power off, then on again.
Data Backup/Restore
4.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
5.Use the 23 24 PATT. SECTION [A][B] buttons and 19 PATTERN [1]–[8] buttons to select the pattern that
Backup
you want to insert.
1.Connect your computer to the TB-03’s USB port via USB cable.
2.While holding down the 16 [RUN/STOP] button, turn on the power.
3.Open the “TB-03” drive on your computer.
6.Press the 26 [WRITE/NEXT] button.
7.Press the 16 [RUN/STOP] button.
(Segno) indication
The backup files are located in the “BACKUP” folder of the “TB-03” drive.
4.Copy the backup files into your computer.
5.After copying is completed, eject the USB drive and then disconnect the USB cable.
What are D.S. (Dal Segno) and (Segno)?
If you press the 26 [D.S.] (Dal Segno) button during playback,
Windows
Right-click on the “TB-03” icon in “Computer” and execute “Eject.”
the playback jumps to the measure that is specified as (Segno).
1.Hold down the [FUNCTION] button and press the 25 [
(Segno) button.
The number of the measure specified as
]
(Segno) is displayed.
Viewing the transpose setting
Regardless of whether you are playing back or stopped, pressing the 18 [PITCH MODE] button makes a 19
keyboard button light to indicate the transpose setting of the current measure.
Main Specifications Roland TB-03: Bass Line
Power Supply
Current Draw
Dimensions
Weight
Accessories
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, USB bus power
500 mA (USB bus power)
308 (W) x 130 (D) x 52 (H) mm
12-1/8 (W) x 5-1/8 (D) x 2-1/16 (H) inches
940 g (including batteries, excluding
2 lbs 2 oz
Boutique Dock)
Boutique Dock: DK-01, Owner’s Manual, DK-01 Owner’s Manual, Leaflet “USING THE UNIT
SAFELY,” Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
* This document explains the specifications of the product at the time that the document was issued. For the
latest information, refer to the Roland website.
Mac OS
Drag the “TB-03” icon to the Trash icon in the Dock.
6.Turn the TB-03 power off.
Restore
1.As described in the procedure for “Backup” Step 1–3, open the “TB-03” drive on your computer.
2.Copy the TB-03 backup files into the “BACKUP” folder of the “TB-03” drive.
3.After copying is completed, eject the USB drive and then press the 26 [TAP] button.
4.After the LEDs have completely stopped blinking, turn off the power.
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