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The TR-808 Rhythm Composer by Roland created all of its sounds using analog circuitry. When it first came out, it was not well loved, as the analog sounds weren’t realistic enough. But later, music styles such as House and Hip-Hop adopted its big, booming synthetic sounds. When a module says it recreates “808” drums, this is the instrument they are trying to emulate. Most copied is the 808 kick drum sound, which tends to be a low-pitched, long-decaying sine-like wave often with a snappy attack.

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