The TR-808 is a classic drum machine that uses analog synthesis to create its sounds. The sounds have a very pure quality and are closer to the sound of the CR-series of Roland drum machines, as opposed to its popular successor, the TR-909. The TR...
"What I did with the 808 is that I took out the trigger signal from the clap drum into the SH-101, which is also has an extra distortion and filter. What I love is when you add just a little bit of desk distortion on the 808. I really love the sound of an 808 being distorted just a little bit. The clap drum triggers the notes of the SH-101. So you can just go on load and play any notes, and then it will play the pattern of the thing which is the same thing - it's pretty cool."more
The Roland TR-808 can be seen in this photo of Richie Hawtin performing live as Plastikman. Also pictured are two [Roland TB-303](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tb-303)'s, a [Roland TR-909](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-909-rhythm-composer), and a [Roland MC-202](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-mc-202-microcomposer).more
Come ho passato in rassegna attraverso le note di copertina di album di Moby ho notato che le liste di marcia documentate nella versione 1995 tutto è sbagliato sono quasi identiche alla sua configurazione attuale. Potrebbe davvero essere possibile che questo musicista di successo non aveva contanti di ricambio da spendere per nuovi attrezzi in studio nel corso degli ultimi quattro anni? "Da tutto è sbagliato fino ad ora ho comprato un vocoder e un nuovo campionatore e questo è tutto. Da un lato mi piacerebbe ottenere un mucchio di nuove attrezzature, ma d'altra parte c'è qualcosa da dire per lavorare con attrezzature di cui io sento a mio agio. sto pensando che a un certo punto io in realtà passare e ottenere una completa configurazione Pro Tools e iniziare a fare le cose più nel computer, ma per questo record non mi sento in dovere di fare quella." MOBY GEAR Apple Mac in esecuzione Steinberg Cubase sequencer. Soundcraft Spirit 24: 8: 2 scrivania. Multitraccia digitali Alesis ADAT. CAMPIONATORI Akai S950. Akai S1000. Akai S3000. Akai S3200. SYNTHS / TASTIERE Casio CZ101. Emu Proformance modulo pianoforte. Oberheim Matrix 1000. Roland Juno 106. Roland Jupiter 6. Serge Modular Synth. Waldorf Pulse più. Yamaha SY22. Yamaha SY35. Yamaha SY85. PROCESSORI Dbx 160XT compressore. Eventide DSP4000. Soundlab vocoder. Yamaha SPX900. Sequencer & Drum Machine Roland TB303. Roland TR606. Roland TR909. Roland TR808. ALTRE APPARECCHIATURE Hafler Pro 5000 Power Amp. Technics 1200 giradischi. Ibanez chitarra elettrica. Fender Precision Bass.more
In the N.W.A song "Gangsta, Gangsta", the signature sounds of the Roland TR-808 can be heard several times. At about 0:19 through 0:22, you can hear the TR-808 Open Hi-Hat, Closed Hi-Hat and Snare Drum in the left speaker. At about 0:22, you can hear the TR-808 cowbell in the left speaker. At about 0:26, you can hear the closed Hi-Hat and the clave sounds from the 808 in the right speaker. Also, the kick drum from the 808 can be heard several times throughout the song.more
In a studio tour with [Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/features/my-studio/tom-furse-the-horrors/), Tom Furse says, "What can I say that hasn’t already be said? I wish mine had MIDI though, because I’ve been using James Holden’s Humanisers a lot recently and my 808 doesn’t talk to the computer. I did record all the sounds to 1/4” tape though and have used those sounds on projects, so it’s getting on there one way or another."more
Roland TR-808 Rythm Composer The first normal looking drum machine Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was also one of the first programmable drum machines at the time. Introduced by the Roland Corporation in early 1980, it was originally manufactured for use as a tool for studio musicians to create demos. Like earlier Roland drum machines, it does not sound very much like a real drum kit. Drum machines in general became an integral part of rap music as a cheap and simple way of producing a drum sound. The Roland TR-808 held specific appeal because of the ability of its bass drum sound to produce extremely low-frequency sounds. It's 100% analogue and is still proclaimed to having the best clap. It's also very famous for it's good marracas sounds. Used: Pandemonium, Ruff in the Jungle Bizness and many more older tracks.more
:Well, I mostly use the sounds of a Linn Drum. It is not a very sexy drum machine! It provides EPROM-based sampling and replicates the same sound every time, which is completely opposite to what I like most about the Roland TR-808. The thought that every bass drum of a 808 is unique makes it more valuable in this way, especially when you put it in a musical context. There are no two 808 bass drums which are the same, they are all unique. Whereas a Linn Drum is exactly the same thing all the time".more
"In the early nineties, as acid house was developing a cult around this drum machine, it was suddenly very fashionable to riff along to TR808 sounds. We did that almost ten years earlier, when the cocktail drinking classes and the NME thought it was a bloody stupid idea. (One wet afternoon in the early eighties, we switched the Doktor to play the usual stuff but twice as fast. Hey presto! Drum'n'bass! This was interesting for about ten minutes. Even Cabaret Voltaire couldn't manage to make it interesting for much longer. Please don't tell us it's interesting now.) The TR808 was really the first serious drum machine. The kick and snare still needed savage eq (and they didn't take kindly to it), the tom-toms were a complete waste of time, but otherwise it was a decent machine. Individual outputs, tunable drums, enough memory. Ben Gunn once managed to press the TR808's dangerous red button as we were about to go onstage in Brussels, so Andrew had to reprogram the whole damn machine while everybody else was tuning their guitars up (slowly). "more
The TR-808 is a classic drum machine that uses analog synthesis to create its sounds. The sounds have a very pure quality and are closer to the sound of the CR-series of Roland drum machines, as opposed to its popular successor, the TR-909. The TR-808 has become the signature beatbox used in most R&B and hip-hop as well as a lot of dance and techno music. Booming bass kicks, crispy snares and a distinctive cowbell sound made famous in the 1980's are all part of the 808 and its famous sound.
Its 16 drum sounds include the famous boomy 808 kick, snare, low/mid/high toms, low/mid/high congas, rimshot, claves, hand clap, maracas, cowbell, cymbal, open hi-hat, closed hi-hat and accent. Most of the sounds can be edited. Bass Drum and Cymbal (tone, decay), Snare (tone, snappy), Toms and Congas (tuning), Open Hat (decay). All sounds have individual volume controls and individual outputs. Unfortunately it was not MIDI equipped but it did use Roland's DIN Sync.
The TR-808 was OK in its time—it just didn't sound like real drums. When the Linn Drum machines appeared, the 808 seemed doomed. But its unique sound and analog allure have allowed it to find a long-lasting home in many forms of music. Ultimately, the 808 has become one of the more important and famous drum machines in the history of music, spawning imitators (ReBirth, DrumStation) as well as band names (808 State).
Famous users include Orbital, Überzone, Download, Aphex Twin, 808 State, BT, Bomb The Bass, Sense Datum, The Prodigy, Josh Wink, Faithless, Skinny Puppy, Bushflange, Jimi Tenor, A Guy Called Gerald, Eat Static, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Edgar, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Freddy Fresh, Richie Hawtin, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Cocteau Twins, Marvin Gaye, Luke Vibert, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, the Beastie Boys, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), and Puff Daddy.
I had a mint one i bought from a greek guy back in the early 2000's it was an absolutely beautiful instrument but i sampled it and sold it to a house producer in chicago because of the high resale value, i do miss it though. A piece of dance music history bar none, never used it on my releases but have used the samples i made from it on many.
I don't take any solace in echoing what most have to say about the 808, but it is undeniable that the TR-808 is a phenomenal piece of equipment. It cannot sound bad. It is fun to use, though I personally am not a huge fan of the song sequencer in it.