Need more Cowbell? Erica Synths has you covered.

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We all need a bit more cowbell in our lives and Erica Synths has a new module that does nothing but cowbell. Unsurprisingly they are calling it “Cowbell” and it’s taken from the e-licktronic Yocoto clone of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Cowbell It’s more than an 808 cowbell. Well, a little bit more anyway. […]

System80 reveal a desktop version of their 880 Eurorack 808 style drum machine

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While much of the focus has been on Behringers RD-808 clone of the classic Roland drum machine System80 released an awesome Eurorack version based on the same machine. This very cute 880 drum machine is now being developed into a desktop version. 880 Desktop System80 says that it will come with a strip of extras […]

Roland registers the look of the TR-808 and TB-303 as trademarks

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It all feels a little bit too late but Roland has quietly registered the design and look of their classic TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 Bassline synth as trademarks.  Legendary looks The look of the 808 and 303 are iconic and instantly recognisable. And that design has found itself in everything from t-shirts and mugs […]

Behringer live stream their pre-NAMM demonstration synth party

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THERE ARE NO NEW SYNTHS! Behringer’s pre-NAMM party rolled into a live stream demonstration of four of their forthcoming and already known synthesizers. Hosted delightfully by original old school synth enthusiast David Perry and a more recent synth guy, musician and YouTuber MooT BooXLe. Behringer Live stream Demo Party The four synths on demo were the […]

System80 opens preorders on their TR-808 inspired 880 Eurorack drum machine

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System 80 have been teasing their Eurorack take on the TR-808 Rhythm Composer for some time. The 880 Drum Machine is almost ready and System80 have just opened up preorders.  880 Drum Machine It certainly looks the part. Somehow they’ve managed to squeeze it down into the sort of format that would make Behringer very […]

Knobcon 2018: First look at the finished Behringer RD-808 Rhythm Designer

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We all saw the prototype RD-808 at Superbooth with a still unconfirmed feature list and handwritten labels. But just before Knobcon 2018 opens today Japanese tech website Icon has posted some images of what looks like a fully functional production model of Behringers clone of the TR-808 Rhythm Composer. RD-808 Rhythm Designer Here are 13 seconds […]

808 Day: Behringer drop an RD-808 jam video and tease a 909 day announcement

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Slightly disappointingly Behringer has crashed Roland’s 808 Day with….. little more than a demo video. I was hoping for something along the lines of the opening of RD-808 preorders, or detailed specs, or something scene-stealing. But no, instead we got a video (it’s a cool video) of the same prototype machine we saw at Superbooth […]

808 Day: DSP Synthesizers R808 Eurorack drum module $80.8 for one day only

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In order to celebrate what has become 808 Day (the 8th August – geddit?) DSP Synthesizers is doing a special deal on their R808 Eurorack 808 filled drum module. 808 Day R808 deal With Roland and even Behringer being tight-lipped at the moment (stay tuned) it’s good to see one company getting into the spirit of […]

Kick it! Puma announce RS-100: More Roland TR-808 inspired trainers

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Who knew that drum machine nerds could possibly be so stylish? But the saga of drum machine coloured trainers continues with another take from sportswear manufacturers Puma. We saw a glimpse of their RS-0 at some Puma party in Berlin around Superbooth time. The new RS-100 is a much brighter affair and both are scheduled for […]

Native Instruments TRK-01: when a good kick and bass is all you need

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  TRK-01 is a new and very focused instrument for Reaktor from Native Instruments. It has two things going on, kick drums and bass lines – but let’s face it, that’s all we really need. TRK-01 Well, ok, you often need a lot more but then TRK-01 does actually give you a lot more. But […]