Primus and Roland TR-808

Primus the cat sits on top of a Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Primus programs a classic Roland TR-808. From Gunfire H. Horibly via our Facebook page.

The TR-808, or simple the 808 as it is affectionately known, was not an initial commercial success. It was only in production from 1980 to 1982 And its sounds were not particularly realistic, but it did have a distinct character than some artists of the time. It has since achieved a cult following and can be heard on more recordings than perhaps any other drum machine. Roland has also released two “reboots” in recent years, a “Boutique” TR-08 version and the TR-8s for the Aira series.

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