The TR-808 Cymbal: a Physically-Informed, Circuit-Bendable, Digital Model

Kurt James Werner, Jonathan Abel, Julius Smith

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Abstract

We present an analysis of the cymbal voice circuit from a classic analog drum machine, the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. A digital model based on this analysis (implemented in Cycling 74’s Gen~) retains the salient features of the original. Developing physical models of the device’s many sub-circuits allows for accurate emulation of circuit-bent modifications (including component substitution, changes to the device’s architecture, and voltage starve)—complicated behavior that is impossible to capture through black-box modeling or structured sampling. This analysis will support circuit-based musicological inquiry into the history of analog drum machines and the design of further mods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th International Computer Music Conference and the 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference
EditorsAnastasia Georgaki, Georgios Kouroupetroglou
Place of PublicationAthens, Greece
Pages1453–1460
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Computer Music Conference / Sound and Music Computing Conference - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Onassis Cultural Center, Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics, Athens, Greece
Duration: 14 Sep 201420 Sep 2014
Conference number: 40 / 11
http://www.smc-conference.org/smc-icmc-2014/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference / Sound and Music Computing Conference
Abbreviated titleICMC / SMC
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period14/09/201420/09/2014
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    Werner, K. J., Abel, J., & Smith, J. (2014). The TR-808 Cymbal: a Physically-Informed, Circuit-Bendable, Digital Model. In A. Georgaki, & G. Kouroupetroglou (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th International Computer Music Conference and the 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference (pp. 1453–1460). http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/p/pod/dod-idx/tr-808-cymbal-a-physically-informed-circuit-bendable-digital.pdf?c=icmc;idno=bbp2372.2014.221