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The Thing That Goes Boom

In 1980, the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was released to an unsuspecting and somewhat bewildered public. To many at the time, its tweakable analog tones didn’t exactly deliver “traditional” or "realistic" drum sounds. It wasn’t until after a few adventurous musicians and producers got their hands on the TR-808 and started tweaking those knobs that the world would feel the impact it would leave on music forever. For decades since, the sizzling hi-hats and snappy snare, the clicky rim shot, the unmistakable cowbell, and yes—that booming bass drum—have been heard on worldwide hits and underground classics. Its influence is so deep that it’s been name-dropped in famous tracks, had albums dedicated to it, bands named after it, and is even the subject of a feature-length documentary film.


That 8 Oh 8

The Roland TR-808 is one of the most revered and sought-after electronic musical instruments of all time—and its influence only continues to grow. New musical genres make heavy use of the 808, with some utilizing it as the main instrument and defining sound of the style. The Roland TR-808 is so desirable that original units sell for thousands of dollars on the used market and it's often been imitated with sound-alike sample-packs, less-than-faithful apps, and knock-offs. But the 808 is a complex beast and far more than the sum of its parts. Its iconic user interface and the unique personality created by the sounds responding and interacting with each other are vitally important to conjuring up that authentic TR-808 mojo. And you know it when you hear it.


The Return of The King

Using our proprietary  Analog Circuit Behavior technology, we’ve painstakingly recreated the original analog circuits that are the essence of the TR-808’s distinct sound. All the nuance and detail are accounted for resulting in a living, breathing Roland TR-808 for your DAW. This software adaption not only sounds and acts true-to-life, but it injects new and exciting enhancements into the classic 808 formula. Each pattern has eight variations so you can create evolving sequences that keep things interesting. The classic 16-step "TR-REC" sequencer can be expanded to include a sequencer lane for each drum instrument so you can program faster and more fluidly. The sequencer has adjustable flams and sub-steps so you can create detailed fills and ratcheting sequences. And each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings so you can play with timing, experiment with polyrhythms, and dial in just the right groove for your tracks. You can even drag patterns from the TR-808 directly into your DAW as MIDI or audio clips!

Specs

Specifications

Maximum Polyphony 11 voices
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Step Sequencer 11 instrument parts
16 steps per 1 measure
8 (A - H) variations per 1 pattern
Memories per bank 128 memories 
User can make new user banks
INST tone BASS DRUM
SNARE DRUM
LOW TOM / LO CONGA
MID TOM / MID CONGA
HI TOM / HI CONGA
RIM SHOT / CLAVES
HAND CLAP / MARACAS
COWBELL
CYMBAL
OPEN HI-HAT
CLOSED HI-HAT
* Slashed instruments are selectable.
Memories per bank 128 patterns
128 memories
*User can make new user banks.
Plug-In Formats VSTi 2.4(64bit)* Windows only
VSTi 3.6(64bit)
AU


System Requirements (macOS™)

Operating System Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
  Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
RAM 2 GB or more
Hard Disk 400 MB or more
Display/Colors 1280 x 800 or higher/16.7 million colors or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to authenticate this software


System Requirements (Windows®)

Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 7 SP1
  Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8.1
  Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 10
  This does not work with the Windows(R) RT.
  This does not work with the Windows(R) Phone.
  This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Application VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
AAX format is supported in Pro Tools® or Pro Tools | Ultimate®
CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 or better
RAM 2 GB or more
Hard Disk 400 MB or more
Display/Colors 1280 x 800 or higher, 24 bit Full Color or more
Other You'll need Internet connectivity to authorize this software.
  You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.


* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements.
This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.


Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. 

Media

Support

TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer Owner's Manual (English)

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