For all the producers out there who have been wishing for an original TR-808 drum machine from Roland, it’s a tough find. The now iconic drum machine originated the “808” drum sound, but cannot be purchased new anymore.
But System 80 recently shared an update about their up-coming take on the drum machine, the Eurorack TR-808 Clone. Featuring a reformatted 60 HP Eurorack module, it couples the original 16 analog drum sounds with an enhanced step-sequencer.
According to System 80, the drum circuits included in the clone are exact replicas of the original TR-808. They even go so far as to use the same semi-conductors, amps and transistors wherever possible. The machine is expected to be available in the fall of this year, but how much it will go for is not clear yet.
Here’s a full feature list:
- 16 analogue drum voices (6 single voices, 5 switchable dual voices) with global accent
- Pattern sequencer with 1-32 steps
- 12 banks of 16 patterns
- 16 rhythm tracks
- Shuffle and roll modes
- External MIDI triggering of drum voices
- 11 individual drum voice outputs + master output with volume control
- 2 assignable trigger outputs
- External sync via MIDI clock, DIN Sync or clock pulse.
And check out the video of the machine below: