Roland MC-909 Sample Pack


Don Solaris Soundset aka “Drums And Stuff” for MC-909

Here is an expansion pack for your Roland MC-909. The only requirement for this sound pack is that your MC-909 has 128MB of RAM and that you have a card with capacity of 128MB. If your MC-909 has more than 128MB of RAM it is ok, but if it has less, then i’m sorry.

Before installing this package please backup your own patches and samples. Instructions are in the Roland’s manual. So what’s in the package? A lot! For start, 1092 samples total! With 69 rhythm sets and samples originating from 27 vintage drum machines. You now finally the got whole history of electronic drums covered on your MC-909. The following drum machines (and some synths) were sampled for this sound pack:

  • Akai XE8
  • Alesis HR-16
  • Alesis HR-16B
  • Boss DR-55
  • Casio PT-30
  • Casio RZ-1
  • E-MU Drumulator
  • E-MU SP12
  • Fujitone IIIB
  • Kawai XD5
  • Korg DDD1
  • Linn 9000
  • Linndrum LN1
  • Nord Wave
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Roland TR-66
  • Roland TR-505
  • Roland TR-606
  • Roland TR-626
  • Roland TR-707
  • Roland TR-727
  • Roland TR-808
  • Roland TR-909
  • Roland CR-8000
  • Yamaha RX-5
  • Yamaha RX-11
  • Yamaha RX-21
  • Yamaha SY-35
  • Yamaha SY-85

As mentioned earlier there are 69 rhythm sets. Of those 69, 54 feature drums, 8 feature jingles, 4 feature cuts, 2 feature robot voices and 1 features ambient noises. Let’s explain them in more detail or just click on the demo below.

54 drums sets. Well that’s pretty straight forward. You get full sets sampled from machines, i.e. a TR-606 will feature sounds from TR-606 and will be titled TR-606 accordingly. If sampled source has more than 16 sounds then they are split into parts, so for example you get HR-16 set1 and HR-16 set2. Then there is a third kind of rhythm sets which feature grouped instruments, such as kicks, snares, hats, etc. Notice: these are no doubles (from existing drum machines) but different drum samples, sampled from TR-909, TR-808 and other various sources – think of it as compilation of kicks, snare, hats etc. Makes things much easier when composing. Just Transpose the track and you have a new kick hitting without need to change the rhythm set.

Then there are 8 sets called ST jingles. These are various jingles taken from Amiga 500 computer Sound Tracker ST00-ST99 sample collection which is in public domain. These are made of vocal phrases, funny noises, stabs, etc. They are really old, think 1989, 1990, which i thought it would be fun to have. And they are raw gritty 8 bit samples.

There are 4 sets called Cuts. These come from TV/radio sources. Mostly made of random phrases, chatter, etc. I have included some legendary samples in here, just for fun, and you can hear some of those in the demo. Hint: Bomb The Bass.

There are 2 sets called Robot. These are, as its name suggests various Robot talk phrases. Which i thought wold be cool for all the techno heads and sound experimenters.

Then there is one special set called Atmospheres. These are various ambient noises which i’ve either generated or recorded in field during some work in the early 2000s that never managed to end on a sample CD (which i’ve planned back then but never finished it). So here is their premiere for the first time. You can hear some of them in the demo as well.

BONUS: Extra 48 patches. Since i know a thing or two about programming Roland JD/JV engine i couldn’t resist to program a couple of patches for you!! I have also included some cool samples in here which are also available thru patch selection.

Is it worth the money? Put it in this perspective. Average Dance card for MC-909 cost around 100 notes, delivers around 800 samples and 24 drum sets. This set cost 39 notes and delivers around 1100 sampled and 54 drum sets.

Installation instructions:
Put a new 128MB card into your MC-909. Got to disk utility and Format it. Once you do that, connect MC-909 to your computer via USB cable. When prompted, choose Menu/USB. Press the button that points to Memory Card. Connection should be established. Now go to your computer. Extract the archive that you received into the folder on the card called ROLAND. Computer will ask you if you want to overwrite the content. Choose YES TO ALL. And that’s it. Disconnect MC-909 from computer and reboot it. If still unsure, here is a video that shows you how to install.

Having problems after installing this soundset?
Backup your patches and samples. Then do a FACTORY RESET of the unit. This will solve most of your problems. I wrote these instructions with the latest OS installed in MC-909.  So if you have any issues while installing this set via different operating system on the machine and you are missing patches etc. please make sure to check a few of these important things. Do you have the latest 1.23 OS in your MC-909? If not i suggest you download it from Roland’s website and install it into your machine before proceeding with installing my soundset. Use the following procedure to display the current Operating System Version:

1. Press MENU. 2. Select “SYSTEM” and press ENTER. 3. Press F6 “System Info.” 4. While holding SHIFT, press and release button 1, 7, 8 and 9 under the PART MIXER. 5. Press F5 “Test Mode” to display the “PROG. Version.” 6. Turn the unit off and back on to return to the normal mode.

Second thing: since i made the video with the Windows XP and  perhaps some different operating systems might behave differently or have some extra features while copying data please check: is there snd909.svd file on your card inside SND folder? If you are missing patches, please manually copy it from my ZIP file and overwrite the existing snd909.svd on your card. Third thing: do you have a TMP folder on your card? Please remove that folder, now place the card into MC-909 and boot the machine. Do patches now load? Feel free to ask if you have any extra problems i will be glad to help. If you are on a Mac and experiencing missing patches in this soundset, and you tried everything above, and they still don’t appear, please try to transfer this soundset via Windows machine. Sorry this isn’t my problem, probably has to do with OSX file ownership thing and i don’t think i can help much in here, but i know that transferring via Windows machine works perfectly – because we can see that in the video.

We accept PayPal only for two reasons: 1) You are protected 2) We are protected. As soon as the payment has been cleared, by manual process i will provide you a download link to your registered PayPal email address. PLEASE don’t send me questions “just paid, where is my order?”. As I’ve explained, orders are processed manually, which means I might not be at the computer at exact same moment. In order to purchase, just click Buy Now button and you will be forwarded to the PayPal Site. Your order is 100% secure and covered by PayPal Buyer Protection. Discounts: we do no have such things as discounts, however if you are a professional with 100+ credits on Discogs, or work in known studio/facility just submit your info for verification and in most cases you will get our soundset for free.

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MC-909 Don Solaris Soundset
39.00 EUR

Comments (60)

  1. Aaron

    Hi, the demo sounds great. Are these files in .wav format so that, for example, I can use them in my Elektron Octatrack?

    • Don Solaris

      Samples are already in wav format. 🙂 Get the package, extract the archive, they are located in ROLAND/SMPL/ folder and there you have it, all the wavs from this soundset in their pure form.

  2. Keith S

    I already have a smart media card with over 700 patterns and a few samples. Will I still have to format the card,or get a new card? Would any data be lost or overwritten by buying the sample pack?

    • Don Solaris

      Safest thing would be to buy another SM card and install my soundset there. Luckily these cards don’t cost a fortune.

  3. Gabriel

    Could you please tell me if this set is compatible with the MC-808 as well?

    • Don Solaris

      I have no clue. Perhaps better to ask some MC-808 owner can they normally import their MC-909 memory cards. Because if they can load MC-909 data into MC-808 then the answer is yes.

  4. Vertical_gizmo

    Would like to buy this,however im only looking for .wavs for use with sampling,can you let me know if this will be available in wav format?Cheers

    • Don Solaris

      Samples are already in wav format. 🙂 Get the package, they are located in ROLAND/SMPL/ folder, extract the archive and there you have it, all the wavs from this soundset in their pure form.

  5. Karelian

    I have 272MB DIMM installed in my MC-909 so do I still need a 128MB SmartMedia card? If this Sample Pack is WAV:s so cant I just transfer them via USB to my MC-909?

  6. Hi! im about to buy an mc 909 after finding this pack 🙂 i have one lined up from ebay my question now is this:
    The mc909 comes stock with 16mb Ram correct? this means that i should buy a 128 internal ram card + a 128mb minimum SD card right?
    many thanks.

  7. Timothy Morrow

    How much is this soundset in U.S. Dollars. Thank U. Nice sounding soundset.

  8. MPC3000LE

    Hello Don,

    in the first Post i read that the samples are available as pure wave forms. Did you applied any additional specific MC-909 effect programming to them. I really like some sounds and i want to use them in my Samplers (MPC and EMU Ultra).

    Thank you very much.

  9. MPC3000LE

    Ah i forgot to ask a question 😉

    can i use the MC-909 Patches in my JD990 (with additional conversion / translation)?

  10. Maciek

    First of all, great sounding pack, judging by the attached videos. 🙂

    Question: if I ever decide to sell my MC-909, am I allowed to pass the SM card with your sample pack to the next owner (of course, it would mean I would stop using the pack)?

    • Don Solaris

      Sure! Just let him know he should not share it or give it away.

      • Maciek

        Thank you for your response. Do you, perhaps, know how much space is left on the 128MB SM card after copying all the files from your sample pack?

        • Maciek

          Oh, I’ve just noticed in your video that the unpacked archive size is aproximately 76 MB. That should leave about 50MB available on the SM card.

  11. Rolf

    Hey, very great Sample Pack and the Bonus Samples are great. Can you make another Sample Pack with new Synthsounds? That where great.

  12. Steve

    How many patterns that are ‘.mcs files’ in the pack please?

  13. richard weidner

    Don,i am doing something WRONG. i have tried a million different ways to load your files onto the 909

    • Don Solaris

      Well in that case i’m afraid you have a faulty unit or a faulty card. I have sold several dozen sets and not one single complaint as you can see. Also i provided video instruction above that was made on the actual unit.

  14. richard weidner

    i figured it out. all three computers i tried never asked about replacing the folder. i realized i had double folders, deleted what was duplicated and now i have your patterns and stuff on the card.
    took a while to figure it out. i must’ve extracted / copied files two dozen times

  15. andrea

    it’ still available ?

  16. John

    Got it Don…these look great! Thanks for all your hard work!

  17. Ted

    Is this set still available to purchase?

  18. Hi. In the video, except the drums playing instruments. Patches of musical instruments are also included in the kit?

  19. Francesco Sancricca

    Where is TR-909 Drum Set?

    • Don Solaris

      The “TR-909” patch that you are looking for is not one single TR-909 drum set but several different drum sets called: Kicks, Snares, Hats, etc. Because TR-909 and TR-808 allows tune, decay, pitch etc, for each their instrument and have too many sounds and variations for one single drum set.

      Because of that, they have been split into several different drum sets which are called: Kicks, Snares, Hats, etc. Drum set called “Kicks” contains all TR-909 kicks, all TR-808 kicks, and lot of their variations + extras. Drum set called Hats contains all TR-909 hats, all TR-808 hats and many others.

  20. Mika

    Hello Don Solaris,
    I’m interrested in this sample pack to use with my Pioneer DJS 1000 sampler,
    this device accept only sample in wav or aiff format with a frequancy of 44.1khz.
    Are your samples in this format?


    • Don Solaris

      Samples are in 44.1kHz .wav format, all numbered in Roland MC-909 format data, that means the filenames are 0001.wav 0002.wav etc. Not too practical for other devices. You will be better by getting MC-909 than a Pioneer if you want to use this soundset. Just my 0.05 cents.

  21. Lee

    Hi I just installed this sound pack and followed all orders but I could load patterns not other patches or samples how can I solve this?

  22. Elliot

    Sorry if this has been answered already but is this MAC compatible? Also do you have any more sample packs for the 909 specifically for PAD sounds? Thanks

  23. Alex Seminick

    Just got my 909 the other day and I really thought it couldn’t get better….wild I’m already being proven wrong. Thank you for your hard work.

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