Roland TR-808 noise transistor update

Roland TR-808 noise transistor update

Analysing the sound of the mystery transistor An update on our previous post on the mysterious 2SC828 R-NZ “noise selected” transistor that was used as the noise source for the Roland TR-808 drum machine. The observations and conclusions here are...
The mysterious heart of the Roland TR-808 drum machine

The mysterious heart of the Roland TR-808 drum machine

The story of the special transistor at the heart of the world’s most iconic drum machine Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, the golden age of synthesizer design, a few manufacturers stood out for their consistently high quality builds and their circuit...
Star Instruments Synare 3 drum synth

Star Instruments Synare 3 drum synth

One of the signature sounds of 80’s electronic pop music came from synths that you hit with a stick – Drum pads. Drum machines.¬†They revolutionised pop music back in the ’80’s. The sound of the drum machines made by Roland, Linn, E-mu and...