808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

free-roland-808-sample-libraryAtlantic Films and You Know Films have announced plans to release the Roland TR-808 documentary, 808, simultaneously on Apple Music/iTunes and in theaters, later this year.

The film chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its use in popular music. The film features commentary and contributions from Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and others.

Here’s the official trailer: Continue reading

Build Your Own Roland TR-909-Inspired Drum Machine

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e-licktronic has introduced the Nava – a DIY kit to build a Roland TR-909-inspired drum machine.

According to the company – the analog circuitry of the Nava reproduces the design of the 909 and uses the original components. The sequencer, though, is redesigned ‘for a more intuitive approach to rhythmic composition’.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Nava in action: Continue reading