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"My favourite free drum machine VST has to be the TS-808. It’s probably the best free Roland TR-808 clone out there (no sequencer, though). It doesn’t use samples – all sounds are carefully modelled and synthesized in real time."
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The TS-808 is a software emulation (VSTi plugin) of the Roland TR-808. The TR-808 service notes provide full schematics for each voice. I used them to make SPICE simulations of the circuits. I also analysed the best samples I could find (The Tape808, by Goldbaby), and tweaked the sounds until the waveforms and spectral content were as close as possible to the real thing.  Most of the voices have more parameters and a greater range than their hardware predecessor.

The TS-808 was a labour of love - I made it because I wanted to make music with it. I decided to make it available at no fixed cost because I thought others would enjoy using it too. 

Features:

  • Roland TR-808 emulation
  • Full schematics for each voice
  • More parameters and a greater range than their hardware predecessor

System Requirements:

  • This plugin is for PC only

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