A Physically-Informed, Circuit-Bendable, Digital Model of the Roland TR-808 Bass Drum Circuit

Kurt James Werner, Jonathan Abel, Julius Smith

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Abstract

We present an analysis of the bass drum circuit from the classic Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, based on physical models of the device’s many sub-circuits. A digital model based on this analysis (implemented in Cycling 74’s Gen~) retains the salient features of the original and allows accurate emulation of circuit-bent modifications—complicated behavior that is impossible to capture through black-box modeling or structured sampling. Additionally, this analysis will clear up common misconceptions about the circuit, support the design of further drum machine modifications, and form a foundation for circuit-based musicological inquiry into the history of analog drum machines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-14)
EditorsSascha Disch, Bernd Edler, Jürgen Herre, Meinard Müller, Rudolf Rabenstein, Stefan Turowski
Place of PublicationErlangen, Germany
Pages159–166
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-14) - Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Duration: 01 Sep 201405 Sep 2014
Conference number: 17
http://www.dafx14.fau.de/

Publication series

NameDAFx Proceedins
PublisherDAFx
ISSN (Print)2413-6700
ISSN (Electronic)2413-6689

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-14)
Abbreviated titleDAFx-14
CountryGermany
CityErlangen
Period01/09/201405/09/2014
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    01 Sep 201405 Sep 2014

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    Werner, K. J., Abel, J., & Smith, J. (2014). A Physically-Informed, Circuit-Bendable, Digital Model of the Roland TR-808 Bass Drum Circuit. In S. Disch, B. Edler, J. Herre, M. Müller, R. Rabenstein, & S. Turowski (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-14) (pp. 159–166). (DAFx Proceedins).. http://www.dafx14.fau.de/papers/dafx14_kurt_james_werner_a_physically_informed,_ci.pdf