Roland Releases First Official Plugins of the TR-808 and TR-909

Roland Releases First Official Plugins of the TR-808 and TR-909

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Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines have been go-to instruments for countless producers after the units first helped lay the foundations of hip-hop and techno.

Since that time, sampled 808 and 909 kicks, hi-hats, snares, claps, and more have become ever-present sounds in popular music, with producers at every level using the hardware units (if they can afford them) and—more likely—an assortment of third-party software emulations and sample packs.

Roland Boutique Series TR-08 Analog Modeling Drum Machine

13 available from $325

Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer

37 available from $385.58

Today, Roland announced the first official plugins of the 808 and 909. The VSTs (Virtual Studio Technology) will be available through the company’s Cloud service—a $19.95 per month subscription service where classic synths like the Juno-106 and SH-101 are already available.

If official software subscription plans aren’t your style, you can still get Reverb’s 808 sample packfor just $0.99 and Reverb’s 909 sample pack for $1.99.

In recent years, the company has also released newer hardware versions of the machines, with the 808-emulating Roland Boutique Series TR-08 and the AIRA TR-8 (which emulates both the 808 and 909).

Roland TR-808 Vintage Drum Machine

6 available from $4,000

Roland TR-909

9 available from $3,274.40

We expect to hear many more new product announcements from Roland and other brands throughout the day as the Winter NAMM show gets underway. Click the banner below to follow the latest news.

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