Sunday, April 17, 2011

Legendary Drum Machine: Roland TR-808

From Wikipedia:

"The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines ("TR" serving as an initialism forTransistor Rhythm). Introduced by the Roland Corporation in early 1980, it was originally manufactured for use as a tool for studio musicians to create demos. Like earlier Roland drum machines, it does not sound very much like a real drum kit.

Drum machines in general became an integral part of rap music as a cheap and simple way of producing a drum sound. The Roland TR-808 held specific appeal because of the ability of its bass drum sound to produce extremely low-frequency sounds."

The 808's kick drum, and to a lesser extent the snare and "cowbell" are a staple of early dance music, and can still be heard throughout many different genres of music today. If you love bass, you love the 808.

Here are some tasty tracks that heavily feature the legendary kick drum:

Lil Wayne - A Milli

Hot 2 Def - Up And Down ft. Co Still

Baobinga & I.D. - Still Tippin'

Bassnectar - Massive Attack Remix

Borgore - Ice Cream (Instrumental Mix)

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