The Roland TR-808 is the most iconic drum machine ever created. Yup – while the 909 came to define house music, the 808 has permeated all genres and styles and has become a true classic instrument. Its booming bass drum, snappy snares, pinging rimshot and piercing claps have been heard in countless records, while countless hardware and software clones – including Roland’s own Boutique recreation – have tried to emulate a piece of the magic.
To celebrate 808 day (that’s the 8th August by the way) we’ve gathered up a selection of over 1,000 808 samples, all for free! You can download them all below for signifcantly cheaper than the real thing.
With a total of 327 808 samples – an instrument that features 12 sounds – this collection may be all you need. Including hits and loops, it’s a bumper pack and it’s totally free. Grab it on the link above.
Goldbaby is one of the most popular sample makers out there, combining high-end kit with retro lofi processing for powerful sounds and unique textures. He’s also been nice enough to load up his website with a ton of free sounds, including an 808 recorded through a cassette tape, obviously.
One of the leaders in the sample game, Sample Magic also offer a host of free sounds from classic machines, including the beloved 808. There’s 107 sounds in total so plenty to get your teeth into on this special day.
Wave Alchemy have gone the extra mile and recorded 300 808 samples through a classic Studer tape machine, all for free, with clean and saturated versions of every sound. Nice of them – grab it here.
Paul van Dyk has announced the release of his new studio album, ‘Symbols’.
Set to drop this autumn, the new LP follows his celebrated 2017 release ‘From Then On’ and will be launched with a special headline show at London’s Printworks on 12th October.
Earlier this month, PVD teased the new album with a mysterious tweet. ‘Symbols’ will be the ninth LP from the trance legend who released his debut ‘45 RPM’ in 1994.
In an official statement, van Dyk said, “‘Symbols’ is an album deeply rooted in story-telling, mystery and adventure. It’s an exploration of trance, a journey through the breadth and depth of a genre that continues to enthrall me as an artist.”
‘Symbols’ will be debuted in London’s incredible Printworks venue on 12th October. The recent DJ Mag North America cover star will be the first trance DJ to headline the massive venue since it opened in February 2017.
In July, van Dyk also released the eponymous track from his 2018 SHINE Ibiza residency.
Recently, the German trance luminary took to Twitter to remind fans just how much trance still means to him after nearly three decades in the game. “Trance is more than music,” he wrote. “It’s a lifestyle. It’s about community. It’s emotions turned into sound.”
Swedish House Mafia look set to be going on tour next year after Axwell ^ Ingrosso teased fans at a show in New York City’s Brooklyn Mirage on Memorial Day (28th May)
Toward the end of the set the pair, who form two thirds of Swedish House Mafia, stopped the music and announced that there are indeed gigs lined up for the trio next week.
As can be heard in the video shared below, Axwell said to the crowd, “What do we do now? This is a big move. This has never happened before. Should we cancel the Swedish House Mafia gig we’re planning next year? We are not sure they are ready for Swedish House Mafia in 2019.”
The duo went on to play SHM’s hit ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ as one of the set’s closing tracks while a banner with the trio’s name on it appeared on screen.
Of course, the Swedish House Mafia reformation rumour mill has been up and running for months now. After months of speculation , hints and teasers, the trio reunited at Ultra Music Festival in Miami back in March, claiming, “we’re Swedish House Mafia for good this time”.
Since, the rumours have continued as Axtone Records teased new material from the trio and their social media profile was cleared, suggesting an imminent tour.
With Axwell’s statement the other night though, the rumours do seem to have some truth to them with the possibility of a tour seeming all but confirmed.
The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said. Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tours. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was “Le7els.” His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).” He was nominated alongside his peers, who have taken EDM mainstream of late — The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.
Avicii’s hits include “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.” Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.
“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,” Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016. “When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”
Last year, he posted this message on his website, promising to keep creating: “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
Alex Suarez’s Autogolpe LP follows releases for BANK Records, Ascetic House and Unknown Precept.
The first 2018 album from Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. label comes from Brooklyn producer Cienfuegos.
Cienfuegos, real name Alex Suarez, came to New York via Miami and has since made a name for himself within Brooklyn’s network of underground clubs. Thus far, he’s put out records and cassettes on labels like BANK Records, Ascetic House, Primitive Languages and Unknown Precept, but the forthcoming L.I.E.S. LP, Autogolpe, is his first full-length on wax.
Autogolpe, the label says, “Is a term for a military coup initiated by a dictator to take control of an existing government. Suarez uses this loose idea to create the sonic equivalent of the pain, strife, oppression, isolation and joyous freedom associated with the act [of overthrow].”
The record is out next month, alongside an EP by Mick Harris under his Fret alias.
A special Record Store Day 12-inch also features former Haçienda residents Mike Pickering and Graeme Park’s first joint remix in 25 years.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release a remix EP on April 21st for Record Store Day 2018.
The band, led by Oasis member Gallagher, tapped Andrew Weatherall for one of the remixes of their track “It’s A Beautiful World.” They also commissioned one from Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, former residents at legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda—it’s their first collaborative remix in 25 years. A vocal and dub version of each rework will appear on the 12-inch, which will come as a limited promotional release on Gallagher’s label Sour Mash Records.
“I love Record Store Day,” Gallagher says. “It gives us, the artists, a chance to put music out there that otherwise might never see the light of day.”
You can hear the Weatherall remix at around 1:55:00 in this recording from NTS Radio.
A1 It’s A Beautiful World (Andrew Weatherall Vocal Remix)
A2 It’s A Beautiful World (Andrew Weatherall Dub Remix)
B1 It’s A Beautiful World (Mike Pickering Graeme Park Hacienda Mix)
B2 It’s A Beautiful World (Mike Pickering Graeme Park Hacienda Instrumental Mix)
Sour Mash Records will release It’s A Beautiful World Remixes on April 21st, 2018.
The iconic trance and EDM party launched at the San Rafael super club in 1995.
Legendary trance and EDM night Cream Ibiza is leaving Amnesia after 23 years.
Reasons for the move are currently unknown, though several sources, including a Cream resident, have confirmed the news. It’s also unclear whether Cream will leave the island for good or switch to another venue. Launched at Amnesia in 1995, the party soon became one of the island’s biggest draws, with Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris and Paul Van Dyk among the regular guests.
Cream follows another long-running Amnesia staple, Cocoon, out the door. After 18 years, Sven Väth and friends are taking over Wednesdays at Pacha instead.
The project now includes Traxx, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers.
Mutant Beat Dance will release a self-titled album via Rush Hour in spring.
The 25-track, 200-minute album has been in the works since 2015 and will be released by the Dutch label as a “record album booklet” with six records of varying formats—namely a 12-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch. The group’s founding members, Traxx and Beau Wanzer, brought Steve Summers into the fold for the band’s debut LP. Rush Hour says the record includes “funky grooves, industrial soundscapes, nu age dancehouze, prototype disco dub, Detroit dirge, cryptic ankle bitter anthems and even a punk cover collaborating with members of LCD Soundsystem.”
Traxx, real name Melvin Oliphant, recently provided DJ support for LCD on a North American tour. Wanzer has been prolific in recent years, releasing a steady stream of albums and singles. Letkiewicz, who has recently joined Wanzer and Oliphant as a Chicago resident, released three Steve Summers 12-inches last year. Mutant Beat Dance’s new album follows EPs for Discos Capablanca, Rong Music, L.I.E.S. and Rush Hour.
Roland have released a new drum machine, the TR8S. An update to their popular hardware, they’ve added some extra performance features including an SD card to load your own samples, extra sounds and kits beyond Roland’s own legacy kit and a Motion sequencer to record and sequence changes and movements in sound and tone.
The new screen allows users to dive in and edit sounds and effects and a new Performance Pad allows you to enter velocity sensitive patterns or play sounds more realistically. The SD card can also store whole kits, patterns and settings so you can take your SD on the road rather than the whole unit, or for any studio disasters.
The new CTRL knob on every sound can be assigned to various parameters including Attack amount, Delay send, LFO depth and more, depending on the kit. Users can also change it independently for each sample or globally so each sound is affected the same way.
Kits include the classic 808, 909 and so on from the TR8, but have added more genre-based styles and sounds, as well as allowing users to edit and save kits, or combine sounds from multiple kits into their own custom one. Thankfully, you no longer have to settle for multiple outputs via the built-in USB – the TR8S features eight physical quarter-inch jacks out that can be assigned to any sound, or combined as a stereo pair. Interestingly, they can also be used as trigger outs to use with other hardware, and there’s even a 3.5mm trigger to go straight into Roland’s Boutique range. The stereo quarter-inch external input allows everything to run back through the TR8S, as well as through its FX section.
It’s a hefty update that brings what was a drum machine that was popular but limited in sound into a completely new space, keeping the popular performance faders and Tune and Decay per sound but adding kits, features and functions to rival more comprehensive kit. All the better, at €699, Roland have managed to keep the cost low. The TR8S will be available in April 2018.