The original version might have been released almost 25 years ago, but Propellerhead’s Roland-aping ReBirth software still holds a special place in many computer musicians’ hearts.
Take Sam Battle (AKA Look Mum No Computer), for example. In fact, he was so taken with ReBirth when he fired it up on an old ‘90s Mac that he decided to set about creating a hardware controller for it.
The original version of ReBirth emulated two Roland TB-303 Bassline synths and a TR-808 drum machine, with a 909 emulation being added as part of the version 2.0 update. Look Mum No Computer’s bespoke hardware gives the user control of all these devices, turning ReBirth into a semi-physical acid-making monster.
In the video above, Battle shows you how we went about designing and building the controller, which he says he made “just for funsies”.