880 Drum Machine Is A TR-808 Inspired Eurorack Module & Now Available For Pre-Order!

Teasing is over, the 880 drum machine Eurorack module by System80 that is inspired by the TR-808 is available now for pre-order!

Already last year, System80 introduced the 880 drum machine, a open-source Eurorack module that recreates the famous TR-808 sound and experience. It features 16 analog drum voices of the original devices plus an improved TR-style step sequencer. Another big feature is that it comes with 11 individual drum voice outputs and a master output. The 880 drum machine can be synced also via MIDI clock, DIN Sync or clock pulse.

The developer has announced today that the module is available for pre-order for $975 USD + shipping. The 880 drum machine module is certainly not a big game changer in the Eurorack world in my opinion but maybe perfect for musicians who always want to have the TR-808 sound in their rack. On the other hand, it’s known that Behringer will release the RD-808 for under 500$, so it will be not the easiest module to sell in 2018/2019.

Overview

The System80 880 is a recreation of the classic analog drum machine of the 1980s reformatted into a 60 HP Eurorack module.  It couples the 16 analog drum voices of the original to an enhanced TR-style step sequencer.

Features

  • 16 analog drum voices (6 single voices, 5 switchable dual voices) with global accent
  • Pattern sequencer with 1-32 steps
  • 12 banks of 16 patterns
  • 16 rhythm tracks
  • Shuffle and roll modes
  • External MIDI triggering of drum voices
  • 11 individual drum voice outputs + master output with volume control
  • 2 assignable trigger outputs
  • External sync via MIDI clock, DIN Sync or clock pulse.

The 880 has a non-commercial open source license. The design files and firmware are available on Github.

The 880 drum machine for Eurorack is ready to pre-order.  The 880 is $975 USD + shipping.   The first units will be ready to ship late 2018 or early 2019.  Production is limited and final assembly and testing is done by hand so units will ship out as they are completed.  No payment is required until your unit is ready to ship.  Signing up to the pre-order list does not obligate you to complete the purchase when your unit is ready.

More information here: System80

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