Roland Virtual Sonics proudly announces the release of the first-ever official Roland TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer plugin. Using Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, Roland has painstakingly recreated the original analog circuits that are the essence of the TR-808’s distinctive sound. Every nuance and detail present in the original hardware is accounted for, resulting in a living, breathing TR-808. Presumably, this is the same ACB code that fuels the impressive TR-8, TR-8S, and TR-08 hardware units. The plugin’s built-in sequencer mimics the feel of the original machine, and once you have your patterns plotted, you can drag them from the TR-808 directly into your DAW as MIDI or audio clips.

Jeremy Soule, Roland Virtual Sonics Co-Director:

The team at Roland Virtual Sonics is overjoyed to add Roland’s first official software TR-808 to the burgeoning catalog of powerhouse instruments already available via the Roland Cloud service. The Roland TR-808 was responsible for shaping entire genres of music, and we can’t wait to hear how it continues to do so in the future, especially now that it is more attainable than ever.

The Roland TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer is available now as part of the Roland Cloud subscription service, which costs $19.95 per month. A $215.40 annual plan was also just announced (a 10% discount over the monthly rate). Rack up 12 months of subscription time, consecutively or not, and you can choose any software instrument or studio software package to keep forever in the YOURS loyalty program. Roland Cloud plugins require macOS 10.9 and an AU or VST plugin host. AAX support and a software TR-909 are in the pipeline, though with no firm release date.