Year/Date of Issue: 01.2020
Developer site: RolandCloud
Format: VSTi, VSTi3, AAX
Bit depth: 64bit
System Requirements: Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10 \ Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better \ 2 GB or more
Description: Following the announcement of the Roland TR-8S iron instrument with the ability to play the sounds of classic drum machines of the past, Roland 808 and 909, but also 707, 727, 606, the Japanese manufacturer introduced the Roland Cloud TR-808 Rhythm Composer virtual instrument.
Roland used the Analog Circuit Behavior technology to transfer the device’s analog circuitry into software code to recreate the sound of the original TR-808 drum machine. Moreover, new features have been added.
The famous drum machine touched almost all areas of modern music, pretty much leaving behind prints. “808-barrel” has become such an integral part of hip-hop that it is now impossible to imagine how the genre would sound today, and how much it would lag behind the musical evolution of our realities. “808-dram” is in the DNA of culture and is the driving force behind its development and emerging trends. TR-808 has been so ubiquitous over the years that its dramas are like a language of expression in their own right. Now the sound of “808th” is the basis of youth urban culture, in particular, trill phonk, trap, cloud, vidwave and other areas.
The Roland TR-808 is one of the most influential inventions in music, spawning the industry of clone machines and sample libraries. Almost every self-respecting producer has samples of her drummers. It’s almost impossible to find a software synthesizer or drum machine that doesn’t have digitally recreated versions of its sounds.
Indeed, this device should be paid tribute to for such an extensive contribution to music and for the impetus in the development of the music equipment manufacturing industry. It is safe to say that in our century there will still be many directions in which this tool from Roland will play one of the key roles, existing outside of time, but relentlessly moving into the future.