Roland TR-808’s defined drum machines when they launched and you can play with one for free, right in your web browser.
The power of technology combined with the vast reach of the internet never fails to amaze us, every single day. This free to use 808 drum machine, faithfully recreated within a website, is yet another reason why we love living in the 21st century.
Software engineer Vincent Riemer created and developed iO-808 back in 2016, stemming from a fascination with Roland’s original, groundbreaking drum machine. He says: “As an amateur/bedroom music producer I’ve always been fascinated with the impact and history of the TR-808.”
Riemer goes on to say how it began as a challenge to recreate the 808’s iconic sounds to learn the new Web Audio API. He continued: “It became addicting and once I had most of the sounds done, I figured recreating the interface/functionality was the next logical step. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!”
Every sound is synthesised using the Web Audio API, no samples are used. This means that the sounds aren’t all perfect replications, but the build is amazing. Going to the website you will instantly recognise the notorious brown and orange design of the drum machine, and all of it’s functions are there to play with and mess around on.
Give it a go for yourself, head to: io808.com
You might want a look at the tutorial, especially if you’re new to drum machines: io808.com/tutorial