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 drum machine with sounds and patterns which have influenced and inspired a lot of colleagues. They have developed new styles and they helped to make this machine more famous then it was at its launch. However, prices now have reached a level which makes it completely uninteresting to purchase one. Therefore I would like to especially thank Georg (aka swissdoc) for giving me his TR-808 to sample its sound into the AKAI MPC4000.
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. Beside that nothing else has been applied, no EQ, no Normalization no Compression – recorded directly from the MPCs L/R outputs: