Music Production

TR808 Drum Machine

Roland released the TR808 drum machine.

The drum machine that revolutionised music.


Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer

Never in history has a generation of people owed so much to a machine. When Roland released the TR808 drum machine they could only of dreamed how their budget drum machine would help bring people together resulting in better relations between different races and sexual orientation.

Without the now classic thud of the 808 kick, dance music just would not of evolved and chances are the rave generation would of been heavy metal rockers!

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer is a drum machine that was manufactured between 1980 and 1983. Around 12,000 units were manufactured, the TR808 was a commercial disaster…

The TR-808 drum machine uses analog synthesis to create its sound. It was one of the first drum machines to allow users to program rhythms instead of using preset patterns.

KIck drums that thud, crispy snares and a distinctive cowbell sound are all part of the 808 and its famous sound. The TR808 had a range of effects including individual level, tuning, attack, decay, and tone controls for some sounds. The 808 also boasted 12 voice polyphony.

Sounds – Kick, Snare, Low/Mid/Hi Toms, Low/Mid/Hi Congas, Rimshot, Claves, Hand clap, Maracas, Cow bell, Cymbal, Open hihat, Closed hihat, Accent

Expect to pay to pay £3000 to £5000 for a serviced tidy original.

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