behringer Classic Analog/Digital Drum Machine RD-9 User Guide

behringer Classic AnalogDigital Drum Machine RD-9 User Guide

Important Safety Instructions


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Caution These service instructions are for use by qualified service personnel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operation instructions. Repairs have to be performed by qualified service personnel.

  1. Read these instructions.
  2. Keep these instructions.
  3. Heed all warnings.
  4. Follow all instructions.
  5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
  6. Clean only with dry cloth.
  7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
  10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
  11. Use only attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
  12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
  13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
  14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
  15. The apparatus shall be connected to a MAINS socket outlet with a protective earthing connection.
  16. Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
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  18. Do not install in a confined space, such as a book case or similar unit.
  19. Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, on the apparatus.
  20. 20. Please keep the environmental aspects of battery disposal in mind. Batteries must be disposed-of at a battery collection point.
  21. This apparatus may be used in tropical and moderate climates up to 45°C.


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RD-9 Hook-up

Upon receipt of your Behringer RD-9, visit the website and download the latest updater application. Connect your unit as above and run the downloaded application to update your unit to the latest firmware.

RD-9 Controls


Volume Section

  1. MASTER – Controls the main output level.
  2. PHONES – Adjusts the headphones level. Note, the headphones signal is taken before the wave designer and filter bus for monitoring purposes.FX SECTIONAnalog Filter
  3. CUTOFF – Adjusts the cutoff frequency of the filter.
  4. HPF – Toggle the filter between High Pass Filter (HPF) and Low Pass Filter (LPF).
  5. ON – Engages the filter when illuminated.
  6. RESONANCE – Adjusts the resonance of the filter. This emphasises the frequencies around the cutoff point.Wave Designer
  7. ATTACK – Controls the attack portion of the wave designer circuit. Turn counter clockwise (CCW) to reduce the attack portion of the signal and clockwise (CW) to enhance the attack.
  8. SIG – Shows that signal is present in the wave designer circuit.
  9. SEND – Activates the wave designer assignment menu. The button is illuminated when one or more voices are assigned to this bus.
  10. SUSTAIN – Controls the sustain portion of the wave designer circuit.Turn CCW to reduce the sustain portion of the signal and turn CW to lengthen the sustain.Edit Section
  11. SAVE – Save a song or pattern to a memory location.
  12. COPY – Copy a song or pattern to another memory location.
  13. ERASE – Delete the selected song or pattern.
  14. DUMP – Performs a MIDI SysEx Dump of pattern/song.Mode Section
  15. SONG – Enter song mode. Cue 1 of 16 songs.
  16. PATTERN – Enter pattern mode. Use the 16 available patterns to build your song.
  17. STEP – Shows each available step for the selected voice (up to 64 steps per pattern).Sync Section
  18. CYCLE – Cycles through the various SYNC options. Internal, MIDI, USB or External Clock.
  19. INTERNAL – The unit is the sync master.
  20. MIDI – Sync is taken from MIDI in port.
  21. USB – Sync is taken from the USB port.
  22. TRIG – Sync is taken from the External Clock input.Playback Controls

  23. TAP/HOLD – Tap tempo of the pattern. Hold for quick macro control.
  24. DISPLAY – Multi function 4-character display.
  25. RECORD – Enable record mode.
  26. STOP – Stops the currently-playing song or pattern.
  27. PLAY/PAUSE – Play or pause the current song or pattern.
  28. DATA – Encoder for data editing.
  29. DATA MODE – Cycles through the various Data Modes: Tempo, Swing, Probability and Flam.
  30. TEMPO – Adjust the tempo when selected with the DATA encoder.
  31. SWING – Adjust the swing or shuffle feeling when selected with the DATA encoder.
  32. PROB – Adjust the probability of a step.
  33. FLAM – Adjust the flam width.Auto Scroll Section
  34. AUTO SCROLL – Step mode: keep play head visible.Pattern Mode: advance song when loop expires.
  35. BANKS 16/32/48/64 – White shows bank position of play head incurrent pattern. Blue shows currently-viewed bank position.
  36. Position move left – Step Mode: choose viewed bank position.Pattern Mode: choose play head position within selected song.
  37. LENGTH – Step mode: set the length of the selected pattern.Pattern Mode: set number of repeats for selected part within the song.
  38. Position move right – Step Mode: choose viewed bank position.Pattern Mode = choose play head position within selected song.Step & Note Repeat Section
  39. 1 – Step or Note repeat of a value of 1.
  40. 2 – Step or Note repeat of a value of 2.
  41. 4 – Step or Note repeat of a value of 4.
  42. 8 – Step or Note repeat of a value of 8.
  43. STEP REPEAT – Repeats the step by the selected value.
  44. NOTE REPEAT – Repeats the note by the selected value or single shot.
  45. TRIGGER – Trigger the selected drum sound or trigger the note/step repeat when either of these modes are engaged.
  46. 1/2/4/8 – Indicates the number of repeats selected.Track Control and Settings
  47. MUTE – Activates mute menu.
  48. SOLO – Activates solo menu.
  49. STEP BUTTONS – Used to input step information into patterns.  These also perform various system tasks when used in conjunction with the SETTINGS button or for deeper editing.
  50. SETTINGS – Used in combination with the STEP BUTTONS to select different operational modes (see user manual for more details).
  51. AUTOFILL – Select and add a fill pattern.Voice Control
  52. LEVEL – Level control for the 9 voices plus Accent.
  53. TUNE – Controls the pitch envelope depth applied to the bass drum, changes the pitch of the drum sound for the snare/toms and controls the frequency of the hats, ride and crash.
  54. ATTACK – Controls the Attack portion of the bass drum sound.
  55. DECAY – Changes the decay time of the voice. Turn CCW for shorter, CW for longer.
  56. TONE – Applies a filter to the voice, reducing the high frequencies as you turn CCW.
  57. SNAPPY – Adjust the amount of snap to the snare sound. Turning CW increases snap.
  58. VOICE SELECT – Selects the voice for editing patterns, wave designer/filter, soloing or mute.
  59. PITCH DEPTH – Sets how much the pitch envelope affects the bass drum oscillator.
  60. PITCH – Sets the frequency of the bass drum oscillator.
  61. CH DECAY – Changes the decay time of the closed hat voice. Turn CCW for shorter, CW for longer.
  62. OH DECAY – Changes the decay time of the open hat voice. Turn CCW for shorter, CW for longer.
  63. CRASH TUNE – Changes the pitch of the crash voice.
  64. RIDE TUNE – Changes the pitch of the ride voice.Rear Panel connections
  65. POWER – Connect the supplied PSU and engage power switch to turn on.
  66. PHONES – Connect headphones via 6.35 mm (¼”) TRS connector.
  67. MONO – Main output via 6.35 mm (¼”) TRS connector.
  68. RETURN – Sums audio post filter bus.
  69. USB – Connect to a computer for updates and DAW control.
  70. MIDI IN – Accepts MIDI data from an external MIDI device such asa sequencer or DAW.
  71. MIDI OUT – Output of MIDI data to an external MIDI device.
  72. MIDI THRU – A direct output of the MIDI in to chain to other devices.
  73. RIDE INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Ride.
  74. CRASHINDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Crash.
  75. HI HAT INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Hi Hat.
  76. CLAP INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Hand Clap
  77. RIM SHOT INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Rim Shot.
  78. HI TOM INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the High Tom.
  79. MID TOM INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Mid Tom.
  80. LOW TOM INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Low Tom.
  81. SNARE INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Snare Drum.
  82. BASS INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT – Unbalanced output of the Bass Drum.
  83. TRIGGER OUT 1 – +5 V 2 ms pulse to trigger external devices.
  84. TRIGGER OUT 2 – +5 V 2 ms pulse to trigger external devices.
  85. TRIGGER OUT 3 – +5 V 2 ms pulse to trigger external devices.
  86. CLOCK IN – SYNC to external device transmitting clock information.
  87. CLOCK OUT – SYNC external devices to the Rhythm Designer.



Number of sounds




Bass drum, Snare drum, Low tom, Mid tom, Hi tom, Rim shot, Clap

Digital (Sampling)

Closed hat, Open hat , Crash, Ride

Number of simultaneous voices


Sound controls


Bass drum

Tune, level, attack, decay, pitch, pitch depth

Snare drum

Tune, level, tone, snappy
Low, mid, hi tom

Level, tuning, decay

Rim shot / clap

Hi hat

Tune, level, ch decay, oh decay


Crash level, ride level, crash tune, ride tune

Select buttons

11 Voice select buttons




1 x 1/4″ TRS, stereo, 8 Ω impedance


1 x 1/4″ TRS, servo-balanced

Voice out

10 x 1/4″ TS, unbalanced

MIDI In, Out & Thru

3 x 5-pin DIN
Trigger outs

3 x +5 V, 2 ms pulse

Sync in / out

2 x 1/8″ TRS (Tip is clock and Ring is the start message)

Class compliant USB 2.0, type B

Supported operating systems

Windows 7 or higher Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
Volume controls

Master, phones

Return (Input)

1 x 1/4″ TRS, balanced

Wave Designer


10 voices, independently assignable



-15 to +15 dB, adjustable


-24 to +24 dB, adjustable
Send button

On/off, switchable



Analog Filter


State variable, 12 dB slope

10 Hz – 15 kHz, adjustable


0 – 10, adjustable
HPF button

LPF / HPF mode, switchable

On button

On / off, switchable

Sync Section

Mode selector

INT / MIDI / USB / TRIG, selectable

Sequencer Section

Edit buttons

Save, copy, erase and dump

Mode buttons

Song, pattern and step

Encoder for data editing

Playback controls

Tap / hold, record, stop, play / pause
Data mode

Tempo / swing / prob / flam, selectable

Auto scroll

On / off, rewind, length (16 / 32 / 48 / 64, selectable), fast forward


On / off, repeat division (1 / 2 / 4 / 8, selectable), step repeat, note repeat


Mute / solo, selectable

Step buttons

16 step enter buttons



Enter settings mode, use step buttons to select operation.



Enter autofill selection mode

Songs / Storage

Song mode

Chain any of the 16 songs together for full sets

Pattern / Storage


16 songs, 16 patterns each

64 steps

Power Supply

External power adapter

18 V DC, 1000 mA

Power consumption

14.4 W typical


Operating temperature range

5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)


Dimensions (H x W x D)

78 x 477 x 264 mm (3.1 x 18.8 x 10.4″)


3.0 kg (6.6 lbs)

Other important information

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  3. Power Connections. Before plugging the unit into a power socket, please make sure you are using the correct mains voltage for your particular model. Faulty fuses must be replaced with fuses of the same type and rating without exception


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RD-9This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. this device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Important information:hanges or modifications to the equipment not expressly approved by Music Tribe can void the user’s authority to use the equipment.

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