The Japanese engineer oversaw the TB-303, TR-808 and TR-909.
The esteemed engineer was behind iconic equipment such the TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines and the TB-303 bassline synthesiser. Born in 1930, Kakehashi founded Roland in Osaka in 1972. The company's products, such as its drum machines and synthesisers, were instrumental in the development of house, techno and hip-hop. He was officially recognised for his contributions to music technology with a Technical Grammy in 2013.
Many have responded to Kakehashi's death with online tributes.
RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi of Roland. The man responsible for the 101, 303, 808, 909 and many other beloved machines we use to make our music.— erol alkan (@erolalkan) April 1, 2017
RIP Legend Ikutaro Kakehashi. Founder, Roland. on his watch:— Ghostly (@ghostly) April 1, 2017
The System 700, The TB-303, The TR-808 and TR-909, Jupiter-8 & D-50, more. pic.twitter.com/NLSkDbpHzm