Wait… I don’t think I’ve ever basically said everything I needed to say in a story right in the headline before, but… yeah.

This is a control-for-control 808 clone in Eurorack.

And for anyone disappointed that Roland didn’t do a TR-08 Boutique Series at NAMM, here’s one that is probably exactly as analog fans would want it. You get the layout of the original 808, if a bit miniaturized and squashed, but control-for-control an image of the original. You get independent outs for each part. You get CV I/O for connecting to other modules. It’s Eurorack. It’s 60HP. It looks like there’s even onboard MIDI.

There’s no other info, but I betcha that mailing list will fill up fast.

Hi, System 80 makers – it’s your friendly CDM here, you know, the folks who used to awkwardly have “digital” in their name but now have just an even more awkward acronym that no one can say. Do let us know what you’re up to. Love ya bye!

http://system80.net/

Updated! It’s all going to be open source hardware!

While we remain committed to it, the open source hardware front has been a bit sleepy lately. This could change that.

Timo Rozendal tips us off that engineer Jeff Lee is responsible for this beauty. And even better, hardware and firmware alike will be open source. Check them out here:

https://github.com/minisystem/TR-808-Clone

There’s also an Instagram to follow:

https://www.instagram.com/minisystem/

More of Jeff’s work – on a “hybrid analog polysynth”:

http://polysynth.tumblr.com/

  • Martin Wheeler

    Unfortunately, I don’t think that there actually is any CV I/O. Just clock sync.

    • papernoise

      Indeed. The jacks on the right are the outputs and on the right I can only see two jacks, which very likely will be the clock I/O.
      Which makes it kind of pointless to squeeze something like this into eurorack format. I mean you get the worst of both worlds: no cv and tiny knobless pots. Though of course the advantage of this is that you can pack it into a standard 3U carrying case.

      • Johnny Tomasello

        The original 808 had tiny knobs for shaping it’s sound. These actually look like they might be a bit taller (although closer together).

    • papernoise

      But maybe… they have an expander in the works that will add CV control… who knows!

      • No CV control is planned. The goal with this was authentic as possible 808 sound, and it nails it! (I’m one of only a few who have heard this in person). IMO indiv outs processed into other euro modules is all you need for ultimate 808 madness. CV control would change the sound and design, and we already have hex modules for CV controlled 808-ish drums. This isn’t 808-ish, it’s 808!

        • papernoise

          I see. well it’s totally a legitimate choice from this point of view. But then I wonder why they did decide to go with the eurorack format. I guess there’s two pros, one is that development is theoretically easier and cheaper since you don’t have to develop the PSU and mixer parts (though I don’t think this saves much), the other is that you can combine this with existing cases and modules to create your own custom drum machine… which probably makes sense even without the CV-ability I guess.
          I’ll tell you the truth. The tiny pots do put me a bit off, I like them as attenuators on modules, but I’m not really a friend of them being used for main parameters… except on something like a Volca. Still… I’m intrigued but it. The look is certainly spot on!

        • Martin Wheeler

          Happy to hear that “it nails it”, but if so, that is all the more reason why CV control is desirable. Nothing stopping anyone NOT using it when they feel it is inappropriate, but wigglers they just wanna have wiggle.

          • Well I think a lot of users don’t really understand that adding CV control makes it a completely different design. The same level of authenticity likely wouldn’t be retained with CV control added. Also, it would add greatly to the cost and size, and the physical design (people already complaining about the HP of it). But the design is open source so I’m sure some people will figure out how to add CV expanders.

  • FS

    yes. yes. yes. yesssss.

  • I wonder how they managed to recreate the defective Transistors that made the Kick?

  • Toby

    This could be my first Eurorack. Canne wait for more details and pricing 🙂

  • itchy

    need cv controlllllllll