What does 808 mean in the 808 sample pack?



  • The Roland TR-808 is an iconic drum machine that changed the landscape of popular music forever with its unique and ubiquitous percussion.

    These were created by Ikutaro Kakehashi (founder of Roland) and programmed by connoisseur Steve S. Smith, as well as other lesser-known members of the engineering team. Through its simplicity, it is often reminiscent of a human drum pattern (beats on bass drum) as opposed to an electric pattern that may be more layered or artificial sounding. A "perfect" 808 sample pack beat has clean unprocessed drums with no reverb making it sound dry and upfront in the mix. The TR-808 has been used by countless musicians for genres from R&B, soul, jazz, house music, and techno, etc.


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