Roland Cloud releases Techno Suite of Patches & Patterns by Francis Preve and Jim Stout

Roland Cloud Techno Suite Patches Patterns

In conjunction with Roland Cloud, Symplesound and Carma Studio join forces to create the Roland Cloud Techno Suite, a comprehensive collection of 220 presets and grooves that encapsulate the history of the genre—from its roots in 1988’s “Second Summer of Love” to the current revolution in melodic techno. Developed by acclaimed sound designer Francis Preve […]

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Glitchedtones launches Serum 808: Smooth sub tones & distorted floorshakers

Glitchedtones Serum 808

ADSR Sounds has released the new Serum 808 sound pack by Glitchedtones, a collection of 808 sounds for the popular Serum wavetable synthesizer instrument by Xfer Records. The pack includes 25 versatile presets ranging from smooth sub tones to hard, distorted floorshakers. Inspired by Trap producers and artists such as Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Nick […]

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Roland has registered the 303, 808 designs as trademarks

Roland has quietly filed for trademark protection (Unionsmarkenanmeldung) in Germany for the designs of the TB-303 and TR-808.

The filings were uncovered by a poster on the sequencer.de forum. The discussion is in German:

Roland versucht aktuell sich die 808-Farben und das 303-Design als Marke schützen zu lassen [sequencer.de]

https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/registerHABM?AKZ=018016159&CURSOR=34

https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/registerHABM?AKZ=018016158&CURSOR=33

The “trademark” here is trade dress, the design of the actual appearance of the 303 and 808 – the signature layout of the keyboard and knobs of the 303, and the sequence of colored buttons on the 808. “Iconic” is a word that’s wildly overused, but here we can take it to be almost literally true: you can draw out these layouts and even a lot of lay people with a passing interest in electronic music will immediately recognize this bassline synth and drum machine.

Forum posters conclude that this is about Behringer, who announced last month at the NAMM show that they would ship their “RD-808” drum machine – matching the original TR-808 color scheme and button layout – in March. But the registration in Germany could be a sign Roland are generally planning to more aggressively protect their intellectual property, in respect to Behringer or others. And as the RD-808 could, for instance, wind up being subject to litigation outside Germany – that is, anywhere the drum machine ships.

That said, Behringer without fanfare reversed the order of the colors on their RD-808, from a production prototype (orange / light orange / yellow / white, as on the original Roland) to what was shown at NAMM.

The one thing I can say for sure is – the artwork Roland filed from Japan is gorgeous. So, Roland, please don’t sue us for sharing. (And yeah, I’d buy this if you want to turn it into merch.)

No idea how long processing will take, or really how the law works; if I can find out, I’ll share. At least Germany should appreciate the aesthetics of combining gold, bright red, and black – check the flag.

Meanwhile, in America… Roland last year filed applications for trademark protection in the USA for the TR-808 and TR-909 (also right after the NAMM show, January 25, 2018). You can find these (pending) applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, under 87769864 and 87769891.

It’s routine practice to file for things you might want to protect, not necessarily manufacture, but that doesn’t make it any less privately amusing to read this list of apparel that would be covered under that application:

“Jackets; sweaters; sport shirts; polo shirts; shirts; overcoats; raincoats; underwear; pajamas; undershirts; Tee-shirts; wind-resistant jackets; swimming costumes; sleep masks; neckties; aprons; socks and stockings; bandanas; headwear; caps as a headwear; hats”

I totally want a Roland swimming costume. But yeah, if you’re thinking of making one yourself, you should read this:

https://www.roland.com/global/company/intellectual_property/

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Wavediggerz launches Oberon 808 & Sub Bass VST/AU instrument plugin

Wavediggerz Oberon

Wavediggerz has launched the Oberon 808 and Sub Bass instrument plugin for Windows and Mac. We kept the trap urban genre in mind while creating these sounds, with that heavy bass sound we hear all over the airwaves in todays modern music. Inspired by artist such as Post Malone, Swaelee, Wiz Khalifa and inspired by […]

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Wave Alchemy launches Tuned Tape Drums & Ethereal Electronica

Wave Alchemy Tuned Tape Drums

Wave Alchemy has released its new sample pack Ethereal Electronica, a collection of loops, one-shots, MIDI files and more. A playground of musical inspiration for any forward-thinking music producer, Ethereal Electronica creatively blends organic acoustic instruments with seductive electronic elements; delivering an emotive collection of blissed out Chillwave beats, undulating analogue bass, cinematic pianos, textural […]

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A DIY machine imagines 808 kicks if they were made of actual fire

Anyone can clone an 808. Not anyone can make a machine inspired by the 808 out of repurposed lighter springs, motors, and … oh yeah, flaming butane gas. Koka Nikoladze’s beat machines are going viral, and their demented, quirky sound tells you why.

So, sorry NAMM – this may be the coolest gear we’ll see in January 2019.

And not only is the concept novel, but his wacky tunes make for some toe tapping, eyebrow-raising good times, too.

Full text:

I always wanted to build something using fire. Here is my first attempt. The small prototype works.

Releasing tiny bursts of butane gas on an open fire source sounds pretty much like a kick. By adjusting the distance and the pressure, it can get very close to 808. This is just a tiny model. I’m going to build a BIG Koka’s Fire Kick unit for live shows.

The rest is quite simple, I used a brass tube as a hat and some springs extracted from empty lighters, in a wooden box — as a snare; oh yes, and a DC motor that I managed to bring back to life by rewinding coils.

I’m dancing closer to the idea of setting up my first proper dance music production. Not necessarily the type of music from Beat Machine demonstration videos, much more complex and sophisti.. .. well, never mind. We’ll see what happens. I’ve already discussed this with an army of hyper-incredible artists willing to collaborate.

Only if I manage to get hold of Snoop Dogg in addition, maybe, some day :D. Ok, joking aside, wouldn’t it be amazingly surreal? Snoop with a small tight beat machine and a symphonic orchestra behind. I’d play the bass, and dance.

We’re seeing a growing trend in not analog, not digital, but kinetic – mechanical – physical instruments. It’s still tech – it’s just back to doing things with mechanics and physics, perhaps still informed by the lessons of code and circuits. On the fire side, of course, this is also kind of a miniaturized take on pyrophones, flame-powered organs and other instruments.

And while obviously part of the battle here is to be one step ahead of everyone else on the quirk factor, topping social media, I suspect there’s also potential in a scene around this sort of music. Physical music fests? We’ll see.

Previously on these lines:

A Robotic, Physical 808 Machine Advances Weird Science of Music, Tech Alike

— which over the years has led to this:

Watch futuristic techno made by robots – then learn how it was made

Oh and – the pyrophone built by musical robotics pioneer Eric Singer was one of the first ever stories on this site:

Pyrophone: Flaming Sound Organ Powered by Propane

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Roland just made syncing Serato and TR drum machines automatic

The hybrid DJ set keeps getting fresh nudges. Now, Roland and Serato have added easy, automatic sync over USB for the TR-8, TR-8S, and the Boutique Series TR-08 and TR-09 drum machines.

And… oh, actually, this is such a no-brainer, I could almost just finish the story with that. (And that’s actually kind of cool.) But let’s offer a little more detail.

How does it work? Plus in a compatible drum machine via USB, and your drum machine follows Serato’s BPM.

How is that different from existing solutions? Well, it saves you the added step of configuring MIDI clock, at the very least. We’ll be able to test this shortly to check it in action, but it also presumably irons out other performance issues that can crop up with MIDI.

Oh, plus, if you didn’t understand any word I just said – this update is totally for you. You plug it in and it works. And rankly, that’s how it ought to be.

How do you get the update? Looks like all Serato DJ Pro owners with Roland hardware will be squared away. This is officially called the “Serato x Roland TR-SYNC update” but it appears you basically get plug and play support in the latest version of Serato DJ Pro.

Why would you want to do this? Well, even short of doing a full-on hybrid set, it can be fun to layer sum drum parts or (on the TR-8S) samples and so on. You could also then go on to sync still more gear from the TR. Oh, and the Boutique TR-08 and TR-09 are advantageously tiny. Even the most cramped DJ booth could easily fit one.

Bottom line – it’s nice to see some challenge to Pioneer’s own link protocol with their CDJ. Why shouldn’t you plug in drum machines and have them groove along? That’s why they’re drum machines.

I think it’ll make perfect sense, but for some reason, Roland marketing have gone a little crazy and decided to explain this not to non-technical DJs, but to actual space aliens. And for some reason all the sync in the product photography is 120 bpm, which bothers me. So here we go:

https://www.roland.com/global/promos/tr-serato-sync/

I’ll translate back to human:

What is a drum machine? It is … a machine … with drums in it.

What’s so special about Roland drum machines? No idea. I swear I can stop using them any time I want. I don’t really even like music. Watch, I’m about to do something more productive with my life right this second. The official Roland explanation, though:

The legendary TR-808 and 909 are the most influential drum machines of all time and have become part of the DNA of everything. They’ve literally just reprogrammed our genetic code and destroyed our minds and now all music genres and all carbon-based life on Earth have been assimilated, leading up presumably to some kind of invasion – once everyone has become a DJ.

Isn’t making your own beats complicated? No, it’s not, but that won’t stop you from becoming newly obsessed with how the beat is never right and the longer you listen to it, the more your grasp of all reality will melt away leaving you only with this loop. See DNA issue, above.

How do I include my own beats in my DJ set? This is a question that has truly no accurate answer, but if you call yourself a DJ, you’re already part of a global phenomenon started by a surprisingly small handful of people of color (very poorly attributed, as per usual) who just decided to show off and also not to have gaps between tracks and then got really deep into using phonographs incorrectly, so… uh, experiment, if you like, until you find something you like?

I’ve done it again. Long article. Also, not only is this not sponsored product, I now probably have to buy some apology rounds of drinks for whoever did write the original ad copy. Sorry.

There, instead of configuring MIDI, you now have more time to read my blathering.

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Big Fish Audio releases 808 Earthquake multi-format sample collection

Big Fish Audio 808 Earthquake

Big Fish Audio has launched its latest sample collection 808 Earthquake, a multi-format library that features 50 various styles of 808 loops made with the modern producer in mind. 808 Earthquake is made in the styles of Murda Beatz, Zaytovan, Araab Muzik and many more of your present-day trap producers. This library will soon become […]

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Red Sounds releases This Is Phat! 808 Engine for Kontakt

Red Sounds This is Phat

Red Sounds has introduced This Is Phat! 808 Engine, a new Kontakt instrument library featuring the bass sounds of the 808. The library is inspired by Hip Hop producers and artists like Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Drake, Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, Lil Pump and also EDM oriented producers like Troiboy, RL Grime, Baauer. Nowadays 808s […]

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Boom Boutique Basic Rhythm: Download 60 FREE 808 Bass samples

Boom Boutique Basic Rhythm

Following the Transistor Kicks pack from a few weeks ago, here are two more sample packs by the now defunct Boom Boutique. The Basic Rhythm 808 Bass Vol 1 and 2 collections come with 30 tuned bass drums each. The samples were recorded from an original Roland TR-808 drum machine and mixed with outboard SSL […]

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