There ist not much to say that has not already been said about Roland’s TR-808. Like its brother the TR-909 it is a classic. Its sounds, patterns and groove influenced and inspired many musicians. New music styles emerged and made this machine more famous over the time then it was in the year of its launch.
In the last years 2nd hand prices increased and have reached a level which makes it hard for most of us to purchase one. Sampled sounds are of course not the same like playing the original, but they might be helpful in some situations. Therefore I thought I share the samples I made.
Drop me a line or leave a comment so that I can provide you access to the download file.
Thank you Georg – aka swissdoc – for lending me your TR-808.
In the following demo file you can here the sounds played from my AKAI MPC4000. Sounds are first completely dry and in second part the same sounds run thru the MPC’s internal EFX (which are not the best). Beside that nothing else has been applied, no EQ, no Normalization no Compression – recorded directly from the MPCs L/R outputs: