How To: Program a Roland TR-808 drum machine

Program a Roland TR-808 drum machine

The Roland TR-808 drum machine is one of the most important modern instruments, forming the backbone of both hip-hop and electronic music percussion. If you have gotten your hands on one, you're a lucky devil, but you have a long way to go before you can unlock it's true potential. Watch this video to learn how to program an 808 all the way up to a 64-step beat!

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You've probably heard "808" before if you appreciate hip-hop and mainstream music. That's a homage to the renowned Roland TR-808 drum machine, which was released in 1980 by Ikutaro Kakehashi. The machine's booming bass drum sound was particularly noticeable.

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