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.
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.
- 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.