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
"I would say the only similarity was to do with the tempo of Northern Soul and our faster numbers. On ‘Tainted Love’ I used a Roland Compurhythm CR78 drum machine, I first used a TR808 on ‘Bedsitter’, the follow-up single. I think that was possibly the first record in the UK Top 10 to use an 808."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
"I’d got a Roland CSQ-100 Sequencer and a Roland SH09 Synth and a TR-808. I’d had the 808 for a while and not really used it but I was noticing that people were using them on these electro records. I was writing stuff on the sequencer and drum machine and we’d build stuff around that."more
These days Ocasek busies himself while at home with a TEAC 88 8-track tape machine connected to a Sound Workshop 1280 B board in turn hooked up with two Orban 622B equalizers (the board is also equipped with its own parametric equalizers. For keyboards he swears by his Prophets and Roland Jupiter 8. using a Korg Lambda for orchestral coloring and often calling in an assortment of little Casiotones for reinforcement. He probably has more drum machines than anything else-both the old Linn LM-1 Drum Computer and the new LinnDrum. a Korg KR 55, five Roland units (including a TR808. CR8000 and a Dr. Rhythm), some old Univox rhythm gizmos and a drum machine yanked out of a Hammond organ "that has the Liverpool beat." the kind of insect clicking you hear in organ shops in suburban shopping malls.more
'After Sector 27 fell through I moved to Hamburg to get away from it all, taking my Portastudio, Bassline, Chorus Echo and the trusty TR808 on which I eventually wrote "War Baby". (I've since switched to a TR606 Drumatix because it's quicker to programme and you can use it anywhere: it's powered by batteries as well as a mains adaptor, and you just plug headphones in the back.)'more
"I've got an old Roland TR808 drum machine which has a set of trigger outputs and I use these with either a Dynacord Percuter or a Roland DDR30. I usually programme a pattern into the TR808 and use some of the outputs to trigger the Dynacord and the others for the DDR30. Once I've got a nice little groove happening along with the track we've already recorded, I just use an SRC Friendchip synchroniser to lock the two together so that I can add a few electronic drum sounds to the basic three-piece foundation of guitar, bass and drums already recorded. I also use a Roland Octapad and assign the outputs to play samples on the Emulator - oh, we've been using a Linn II drum machine out in Amsterdam as well."more
Numan reveals yet more Roland gear. In pride of place on top of the piano is the ubiquitous TR-808 of which Gary says: You can often hear me with that going at home sitting at my old piano waiting for inspiration to strike. It's got some really good sounds in it and I don't know if it's me or not but it seems to have a better feel than some of the other drum machines I've heard.'more
"We get hardware mainly from America and Japan and the instruments are adapted by our engineers to our specifications. I have a number of keyboards including the OB-X, PPG Wave Computer 1 & 2, various Arp equipment, and four custom built sequencers made in Germany. I also play guitar and I use various instruments including Fender and Gibson. I don't really need to use guitar synthesisers as we have the keyboards. I like to work with the Roland MC-8 Micro Composer and TR808 drum machine. These are some of the instruments I use regularly, although we do have links with most of the synthesiser producing companies who supply us with new equipment from time to time."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
At the[45:00] minute mark (https://www.amazon.com/808-Damon-Albarn/dp/B06XSNHSY9/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1520646612&sr=8-4&keywords=808&dpID=411kdhotcEL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch) in the 808 Documentary, Adam and Michael tell the story of using the 808 in their recording of Paul's Boutiquemore
As much as she enjoys shiny new gear, Allien would be at a loss without her vintage synths. For Thrills, she employed her trusty Roland TR-808 drum machine and SH-101 analog synth along with Clavia Nord Lead and Nord Modular synths; a Midas mixer; Apple Logic Pro; and her prized piece, the ARP 2600. “Turning wheels and pressing buttons, all [my] instruments sound deep and dark in my ears,” she says. “The ARP is perfect for that! And the ARP 2600 is the last synth I've bought — I saw it in Japan first and bought it finally on eBay. But I was looking a long time for it.”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
Spectrasonics Studio List The equipment list for the Spectrasonics studio reads like a gear-head's dream. Favourites amongst Eric's sizeable synthesizer collection include the Access Virus, the Prophet VS, his collection of Waldorf synthesizers, and a 1976 Yamaha CS80. "It's my favourite axe to play, because of the awesome polyphonic aftertouch and that sensuous ribbon," explains Eric. For effects processing Eric is a fan of the Roland SRV330 reverb, an item that "gets missed by most people, mainly because it doesn't say Lexicon on the front panel." For distortion tricks Eric often uses a rare Boss GL100 guitar preamp: "It's basically the history of Boss pedals in one rack space." Mixing, until recently, was done on some "very odd, custom-made analogue mixers made by a guy named Mo West," reveals Eric. He recently purchased a Roland VM 7000-series mixer, however, taking him one step closer to an all-digital setup. SAMPLERS • Roland S760 and S770 • Kurzweill K2000 • Bitheadz Unity DS1 (running on an Apple Macintosh G4) SYNTHESIZERS/DRUM BOXES • Access Virus • Clavia Nord Lead • Doepfer modular synth • Emu modular synth • Moog Minimoog (modified by Studio Electronics) • Oberheim SEMs • Polyfusion modular synth • Roland JP8000 prototypes & production units • Roland JP8080 • Roland JD800/990 • Roland Jupiter 8 • Roland JV1080 and 2080 • Roland MKS50 Alpha Juno • Roland MKS80 Super Jupiter • Roland System 700 and 100m modular synths • Roland MC303 • Roland MC505 • Roland TB303 • Roland TR808 • Roland TR909 • Korg EX8000 • Korg M1R • Korg Mono/Poly • Sequential Circuits Prophet VS • Waldorf Wave, Microwave, Microwave XT • Yamaha CS80 SOFTWARE • Alchemy • Arboretum HyperEngine • Arboretum Hyperprism plug-in pack • Arboretum Ionizer • Arboretum Raygun noise-reduction plug-in • Antares Infinity • BIAS Peak audio editor • BIAS SFX machine effects • Emagic Logic Audio Platinum • Emagic Sound Diver synth editor/librarian • Fireball • GRM Tools plug-in pack • Metasynth • Opcode Vinyl, Vocode & Filter plug-ins • Propellerheadz Rebirth soft synth • Prosoniq SonicWorx Artist effects • Steinberg Magneto tape-saturation emulator • Steinberg ReCycle sample editor • Thonk soft synth • RAIFF • Region Munger • Transfer Station • Samplifier sample transfer software • Saturator • Sound Morph • Sound Hack audio editor • Unisyn synth editor • Waveboy Voder SIGNAL PROCESSORS • AMS RMX reverb • API 5502 equaliser • Boss GL100 guitar driver • Boss SE70 multi-effects • Dimension beam controller • Euphonics mixing console • Eventide DSP4000 & H3500 harmonizers • GML stereo parametric EQ • Innovonics compressors • Langevin passive equalisers • Lexicon PCM70/80/480 reverbs • MXR Distortion Plus • Quest custom mixers • Roland Dimension D & C processors • Roland RSP550 multi-effects • Roland RSS10 3-dimensional effects • Roland SDE330 delay • Roland SDX330 chorus • Roland SRV330 reverb • Roland SVC330 vocoder • TC Electronics Fireworx multi-effects • Summit tube mic preampsmore
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.