by Tactile Sounds
4.4 / 5     (26 votes)
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The TS-808 is a software emulation of the Roland TR-808.

The TR-808 service notes provide full schematics for each voice.  I used them to make SPICE simulations of the circuits. I also analysed the best samples I could find (The Tape808, by Goldbaby), and tweaked the sounds until the waveforms and spectral content were as close as possible to the real thing.  Most of the voices have more parameters and a greater range than their hardware predecessor.
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Hand Philosophical Apr 22 2020
Apr 22 2020
is there a way to get a 64 bit version? bc i loved it in tracktion t7 and now i moved on to waveform 11 but it doesnt load in waveform 11 bc its 32bit and waveform 11 only takes 64bit VSTs.
Illford Aug 20 2020
Aug 20 2020
jBridge, pretty sure the dev is long gone and they never made it open source
Owen Apr 09 2020
(4 / 5)
Apr 09 2020
Why the heck are the midi notes controlling the different drums completely out of order from how they are in the interface? Stupid. Sounds great though.
MrMomoto Sept 27 2019
(5 / 5)
Sept 27 2019
Absolutely fun to use creativity tool - inspiring! Excellent old-school thumping, clicking and clapping - with some dom-doumy toms thrown in to boot. To whomever made this at Tactile Sounds: thank you!!! And thanks VST4Free from hosting this bit of nostalgic kit! Recommended.
Mike F Sept 21 2019
Sept 21 2019
I loaded this into Reaper, now what? I only get sound when I use my midi keyboard. Is this a drum machine or is it just a drum kit?
Jacob Oct 01 2019
Oct 01 2019
It doesn't have an internal rhythm controller or anything, you've gotta play it with MIDI so I guess that's drum kit. Personally I'd find it weird not being able to use the host's MIDI to control it and instead had to use something else to do it, it'd really turn me off from trying to get some grooves down.
Jacob Feb 03 2019
(5 / 5)
Feb 03 2019
This is my go-to 808. Nothing stands up to it. The individual outputs for each sound is excellent and frankly necessary for all the processing you can expect to be doing for modern 808 sounds. Also, in case anyone doesn't know, you can set values that exceed the knobs by typing in the values.
sYNTHALINA Jul 11 2018
(5 / 5)
Jul 11 2018
Best one out there. It's so 808 that an 808 is less 808. Thank you for your service.
genial! Mar 22 2018
(5 / 5)
Mar 22 2018
Tactile Sounds, i'm really impressed by your work. 11/10!
Marcus Flair Feb 15 2018
Feb 15 2018
Man this is nice, what i've been looking for. Thank you!
Dave Apr 29 2017
(5 / 5)
Apr 29 2017
This is the best 808 VST that I've used so far. The only complaint I have is when a part of the window is off screen and you move it back, there's some graphical glitches on the interface. But the sound is amazing!
Ken B Jan 08 2017
(5 / 5)
Jan 08 2017
Love this Drum Machine, played it alongside a well known paid for 808 and actually thought this was better. Thank you Tactile :)
Shankl Nov 30 2014
Nov 30 2014
This and Tromine are great, although the Tromine weighs 500 MB. Can't beat the 3.5 MB physically modeled. -==[He who controls the SPICE controls the universe!]==-
Bumblebee Mar 23 2015
Mar 23 2015
Tromine GT weighs in at 1.75MB not 500.
DrummerMan Apr 29 2021
Apr 29 2021
lol. Definitely not 500 mb. It's 4.2 mb at v2
hello_earth Sept 19 2014
(5 / 5)
Sept 19 2014
Yes, sounds really impressive, comparing to other free vsti's i tried (haven't tried tromineGT mentioned above)
Bumblebee Jul 03 2013
(5 / 5)
Jul 03 2013
I had to admit it, I give this 5 out of also. Try to play Keith Sweat's Make It Last Forever using the TS 808. Sounds just like the machine Teddy Riley uses.
Rajesh Singh Apr 22 2011
(5 / 5)
Apr 22 2011
oh this is good this is good..
Kool Boy Fresh Jan 22 2011
(5 / 5)
Jan 22 2011
This shit is Dope but The MARVIN PAVILION Tromine GT ist better. The Bassdrum has more Power ,the Rimshot and The Cowbell sounds are more real 808
mrp Aug 15 2010
(5 / 5)
Aug 15 2010
Also, includes a mono and a stereo version of the dll (for hosts that send a mono signal to only one channel). Sounds VERY 808
2GO Jul 31 2010
(5 / 5)
Jul 31 2010
Well done. Very realistic sound. Maybe the best freeware synthdrum till now.