On this coming August 8 (808 Day), Tiptop Audio has announced a bundle deal for their line of 808 drum modules. This also marks the 8 year anniversary of the 808 line as well. To commemorate this they are offering a deeply discounted set of 808 modules. The anniversary bundle includes all six 808 modules: BD, SD, HATS, CB, RS and MA. All modules have a new white/green panel that matches the rest of their product line.
This special deal is limited until the end of November and only a limited number of bundles have been produced.
The BD808 is the Roland TR-808’s Bass Drum circuit adapted for use in Eurorack format and tuned to sound like a machine that come fresh off the original 80’s assembly line. The adaption to modular format has allowed Tiptop to add some special features like independent accent level, a high-powered gain stage, dual input pulse-shaper and extended decay; all without compromising the signature sound of the TR-808.
The SD808 is the TR-808’s analog snare drum circuit adapted for use in Eurorack modular synthesizer format and was designed to sound like a fresh-out.of-the-box, 1980s TR-808 snare. Adapting the circuit to the modular format has allowed Tiptop to add special features like independent accent levels, a high-powered gain stage, a dual input pulse-shaper and an adjustable noise source, all without compromising the signature sound of the TR-808 snare drum.
The HATS808 is the TR-808’s real, analog closed and open hi-hat circuits adapted for use in Eurorack modular synthesizer format and tested to sound just like it did back in the 80’s. Adapting to modular format has allowed Tiptop to add some special features for each voice like independent accent levels, a high-powered gain stage and dual input pluse-shaper. Filter Q and VC-Q knobs were added to the main band-pass filter for additional tuning and to allow you to generate crushed tones and self-oscillation at the knob’s max position, all without compromising the signature sound of the TR-808 hi-hat.
The CB808 is the TR-808’s analog cow bell sound generator in Eurorack format. It’s a low-cost module that brings that classic cow bell tone and continues to expand your Tiptop Audio modular drum machine. Just like the other drums in this series, adapting the circuit to the modular format has allowed Tiptop to add some special features like pitch modulation, LFO (with control over rate and depth), independent accent levels, a high-powered gain stage and dual input pulse-shaper, all without compromising the signature sound of the TR-808’s spacey cow bell.
The RS808 come with two switches that give a total of 4 different position: two are the classic Rimshot and Claves sounds as found on the original, and two are unique to the RS808 module adding a range of snappy “click” sounds the circuit is capable of producing. Two control knobs were added, each have different effect for the selected sound. In general, these controls can be categorized ad Pitch and Snap as they control the frequency of the oscillator and decay of the envelope generator. The RS808 is an exact reproduction of the original circuit which sounds like a fresh machine analog coming off the assembly line back in the 80’s.
The MA808 is a must have sound with its fluffy, harmonically rich presence that greatly enhances the dynamics of Hi-Hats sounds in the groove. The Attack control knob can turn the sound from a sharp edged Hi-Hat and up to a slow rise exponential attack Maracas sound; a dot on the scale indicates the original 808 set position. The MA808 also provides the continuous analog white noise generator of the 808 machine: a full spectrum of harmonics ideal for use as a starting point for patching your own drum sound or for general use of white noise. The MA808 is an exact reproduction of the original circuit which sound like a fresh machine coming off the assembly line back in the 80’s.