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roland tr808
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Roland TR-808 Rhythm composer (1980)


Transistor Rhythm 808 maybe the most famous drum machine in the world along with the TR-909.

Created by the Japanese dream team: Makoto Murio, Matsuoka and Nakamura.

computer controlled drum machine

real time sequencer

info LAPTOP (weight: 5 kg)
The main panel features 2 buttons, 18 tactile buttons, 8 switches, 6 encoders and 27 knobs.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- 1 master out low impedance
- 1 master out high impedance
- 11 individual outputs
- 3 trigger outputs (generates +5V pulses)
- pedalswitch input start/stop
- pedalswitch input for fill in



info VOICE
main core based on a CPU UPD650C-085 special custom Roland (version 0.85) manages 11 analog channels with individual gain mix.
The voice board generates 16 analog percussions, which 8 of them are circuit-shared.


tr808 facts


info
SOUNDS the percussion sounds can be edited in different parameters depending on the circuit, here's a sumup of the functions:

side bar

Kick
- tone tunes the pitch
- decay set the relative lenght

Snare
- tone tunes the pitch
- snappy sets the amount of white noise

Low tom / Low conga
- tuning sets the pitch

Mid tom / Mid conga
- tuning sets the pitch

High tom / High conga
- tuning sets the pitch

Claves / Rimshot
- no control

Maracas / Claps
- no control

Cowbell
- no control

Cymbal
- tone
- decay lenght

Open hihat
- decay

Closed hihat
- no control

 

info SEQUENCER there are 2 ways to enter notes:
- realtime: select an instruments, start the machine and hit TAP button.
- step mode: start and push one of the 16 switches steps
Each part is split in A-B segment and the step number adjustable up to 16 x 2 parts then patterns are chained to make a whole SONG.

start stop

decay bassdrum


info QUICK PROGRAMMING GUIDE

1. Stop the rhythm with the START/STOP button.
Set the MODE selector to PATTERN CLEAR.
2. Select either the A or B Mode (VARIATION) and create a pattern
with the STEP buttons and the VARIATION switches.
3. Press the CLEAR button
4. Set the MODE selector to PATTERN WRITE 1st PART.
5. Press the START/STOP button
6. Choose the PRE-SCALE
7. Press the CLEAR button (you have now memorized the scaling)
8. While pressing the CLEAR button, press the key for steps.
9. Choose the instrument with the INSTRUMENT/TRACK selector.
10. Press the steps that are to be programmed
11. Program the other instrument sounds and ACCENT by repeating
steps (9) and (10).
12. Press the START/STOP button when programming has been
completed.

 


info SYNC
internal frequency clock range from 33 to 300 BPM or external sync (5-DINS) at 24 PPQ compliant with other machines like TR-606, Mc202 or Tb303.



info MEMORY
holds:
- 64 patterns
- 768 measures.
Memory system works with 1.5V batteries

inside tr808 repair



info MODIFICATION
there are many possible modification for this cult machine, some tonals some with enanced features. Here's my personal MOD:
- Midi fitted Midi IN with velocities and Midi OUT for controlling other units
- sync to an external Midi clock.
- rackmounted case -now sold-


midi tr808 tr808 rackmount
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samplephonic samplephonic commercial effet video
boom 808 ios boom 808 commercial (IOS) effet video
boom 808 ios wave alchemy commercial effet N/A
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demoTR808 AUDIO DEMO

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"You HAVE to try a 808 once in your life! "



 

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