Presenting the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer
Since it was announced in January, the Roland Cloud community has been overwhelmingly excited and asking for us to hurry and release of the Roland Cloud TR-808 Rhythm Composer. The wait is over.
Making history, again
For the first time in history, Roland has created an authentic software reproduction of the original TR-808 Rhythm Composer, and it is now available as both a VST and AU plugin for use in popular digital audio workstations.
The TR-808 is one of the most revered and sought-after electronic musical instruments of all time. It 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 character created by the sounds responding to and interacting with each other are vitally important to conjuring up that authentic TR-808 personality.
This is not a sampled, lossy, TR-808 imitation - This is the real deal
Using its revolutionary Analog Circuit Behavior technology, Roland has painstakingly recreated the original analog circuits that are the essence of the TR-808’s distinctive sound. Every nuance and detail present in the original hardware is accounted for, resulting in a living, breathing TR-808. This software adaption not only sounds and acts true-to-life, but it also injects new and exciting enhancements into the classic 808 formula.
New features, same legendary sound
For example, each pattern has eight variations, allowing creators the ability to define evolving sequences with limitless possibilities. The classic 16-step "TR-REC" sequencer can be expanded to include a sequencer lane for each drum instrument so users can program faster and more fluidly. The built-in sequencer has adjustable flams and sub-steps so that detailed fills and ratcheting sequences can easily be created. Each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings for atomic timing control, experimentation with polyrhythms, and to dial in just the right groove for a track. Musicians and producers can even drag patterns from the TR-808 directly into their DAW as MIDI or audio clips.
If you are a Roland Cloud Core Member or are enjoying our 30-day free trial, you should see the TR-808 available for download and installation via Roland Cloud Manager