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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 Roland TR-909. Created by the Japanese dream team: Makoto Murio, Matsuoka and Nakamura.

computer controlled drum machine

real time sequencer

info DRUM MACHINE (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 4-bits microcontroller 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 sum-up of the functions:

pot 808 Kick
- tone tunes the pitch
- decay set the relative lenght

pot 808 Snare
- tone tunes the pitch
- snappy sets the amount of white noise

pot 808 Low tom / Low conga
- tuning sets the pitch

pot 808 Mid tom / Mid conga
- tuning sets the pitch

pot 808 High tom / High conga
- tuning sets the pitch

pot 808 Claves / Rimshot - no controls

pot 808 Maracas / Claps - no controls

pot 808 Cowbell - no controls

pot 808 Cymbal
- tone
- decay lenght

pot 808 Open hihat
- decay

pot 808 Closed hihat
- no controls

 

info SEQUENCER there are 2 ways to enter rhythm patterns:
1- real-time: select an instruments, start the machine and hit TAP button.
2- 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.



info QUICK PROGRAMMING GUIDE

pot 808 Stop the rhythm with the START/STOP button. Set the MODE selector to PATTERN CLEAR.
pot 808 Select either the A or B Mode (VARIATION) and create a pattern with the STEP buttons
pot 808 Press the CLEAR button
pot 808Set the MODE selector to PATTERN WRITE 1st PART.
pot 808 Press the START/STOP button
pot 808 Choose the PRE-SCALE
pot 808 Press the CLEAR button (you have now memorized the scaling)
pot 808 While pressing the CLEAR button, press the key for steps.
pot 808 Choose the instrument with the INSTRUMENT/TRACK selector
pot 808 Press the steps that are to be programmed
pot 808 Program the other instrument sounds and ACCENT by repeating steps (9) and (10)
pot 808 Press the START/STOP button when programming has been completed.

start stop



info SYNC
internal frequency clock range from 33 to 300 BPM or external sync (5-DINS) at 24 PPQ compliant with other machines like Roland TR-606, MC-202 or TB-303.




info MEMORY

- 64 patterns
- 768 measures
Memory system works with 1.5V batteries in the latch.

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
extra
gallery:
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info RELATED MODELS:

aira tr8

 

Roland Aira TR-08 digital version of both 808 and 909 with enhanced features and new design.

AUDIO TEST: TR-8 VS TR-808 PAGE

Studio electronics "HARVEY"

Studio electronics "HARVEY" a smart rackmount operation by SE. They did a lot of similar job with other machine like P5 (prophet5) or OBIE rack.

 

acidlab miami

ACIDLAB MIAMI very good analog clone with devastating kick VIDEO

808 yocto YOCTO 808 a clone in kit VIDEO
novation drum station NOVATION DRUM STATION rackmount digital emulation of 808 and 909
mfb522 MFB522
not quite close to an 808, too different but interesting for the low price.


 

effet VST PLUGIN & SAMPLED there are some free and commercial samples set, app and VST:

  name price link demo
Waveshapper trash audio free
or
donation
effet N/A
sampleset 2 wave alchemy free
samples
effet N/A
dr55 free samples free drum kits free
samples
effet N/A
dr55 free samples deephouseamsterdam free
(subscription)
effet N/A
samplephonic samplephonic commercial
VST PLUGIN
effet video
boom 808 ios boom 808 commercial (APP for IOS) effet video
boom 808 ios wave alchemy commercial effet N/A
808 tape compressed goldbaby free
(tape compresses)
effet N/A


 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo pattern rhythm
demo jam
demo groovy
demo pattern 2
demo cowbell special :)
demo  



effet Soundcloud TR-808

demo1 demo2 demo2

video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

A close up look at the Roland TR-808 Roland TR-808 DEMO Roland TR-808/Juno-60
with volca bass sync DEMO with Juno-60 synth

tr808 drum machine


hi res picture

 

 




manual
ROLAND TR808 USER MANUAL

 

 


service manual tr808
SERVICE MANUAL SCHEMATICS

 

 

TR-808 THE MOVIE
808 the movie
WATCH THE TRAILER

 

 

FAMOUS 808 CLIP
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock

 

 

FAMOUS 808 CLIP
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing

 

 

FAMOUS 808 CLIP
Beastie Boys Brass Monkey
Beastie Boys Brass Monkey

 

 

 

TR-8 VS TR-808

TR-8 VS TR-808
Comparisons with wav files

 

 


tr808 technical data

 

 

 

tr808 flyer

 

 

 

original scan

 

 

 

tr808 from ebay

 

 

 

tr808 clock

 

 


shirt from ebay

 




fun pic

 

 


tr808 fashion

 



picture 808

 

 

picture 808

 

 

tr808 usb

 

 

usb toy

 

 

cake

 

 


Roland TR-808 FOR SALE

Roland TR808 FOR SALE
CHECK OUT EBAY OFFERS

 

 

 

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Review: " pure history, immortal sound. Today too pricey but it could be worth"

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roland tr808 4.5 out of 5 based on 40 ratings. price €2000