Systematic Sounds Marc Romboy Sound Museum TR-808 WAV
Many musicians call the Roland TR-808 drumcomputer affectionately the bass queen and this pseudonym is without any doubt a warrantable expression.
After its release in 1980 it first became a slow seller and people preferred the more natural and powerful sounding Linn-L1 instead of the rather artificial chinking Roland machine.
After a couple of years however plenty of producers all over sudden started to use grooves of the proud queen in their songs.
Afrika Bambata’s “Planet rock”, A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo ray” or Adonis’ “No way back” with their remarkable rhythm patterns have in the meanwhile written music history.
Not to forget Whitney Houston’s “I wanna dance with somebody” with its purely artifificial sounding cowbell we cannot forget.
But the eight-o-eight was also able to replay ballads like LL Cool J’s legendary “I need love” with its kick drum full of warm decay so that it just makes boooooom…
Marc Romboy is a passionated admirer of the brown and actually pretty chunky box so that he always felt the urge to experiment with its actually pretty limited number of single drum sounds.
Marc used its sounds in countless own songs such as “Ferdinand” with Stephan Bodzin or his collaboration “Reciprocity” with singer Bajka where he highlighted the long and velvet deep kick drum which can easily become a speaker killing monster.
“I’ve always wished to create a sample pack featuring only 808 sounds and grooves.
Despite the goal to record all single sounds in the best sonic and most purest way I was keen to manipulate the sounds with different elements like the Shadowchild compressor, the legenary 80s 8bit samplers Mirage and Linn-9000 or the Knas springverb delay.”
The result is utterly astonishing.
The number of manipulated exciting sounds which don’t sound like an 808 anymore is infinite and flabbergasting at the same time and improve that actually limited analogue sound sources can be endless exploited.
Apart from that Marc programmed plenty of different grooves you can instantly drag and drop into your sample player or clip view.
Sky is the limit, ranging from classical electro grooves a la Afrika Bambata to Romboy typical 4/4 drum grids, to even broken experimental beats and of course Chicago-jackin’ old-school house rhythms.
The recordings have been directed with the kind support of the popular studio engineer Bjarki Jonsson from Reykjavik, Iceland, Steffen Müller, Marc’s friend and mastering director courtesy of Custom-Audio-Germany and Jürgen Driessen, co-director of Systematic Sounds.
The 808 and its legendary songs at a glance:
- A Guy Called Gerald „Voodoo Ray”
- Adonis „No way back“
- Afrika Bambataa & The Soulsonic Force „Planet rock“ Cybotron „Clear”
- LL Cool J „I need love“
- Planet Soul „Set you free”
- SOS Band „Just be good to me”
- 35 Addon loops
- 74 Classic loops
- 146 Modern loops
- 70 Weird loops
- 24 1176 compressed
- 21 A&D compressed
- 34 Custom compressed
- 19 Dubplate recorded
- 46 Dubplate KNAS recorded
- 18 Dubplate SHADOW recorded
- 21 FOCUS compressed
- 45 GRANNY recorded
- 20 LAWO recorded
- 39 L9000 recorded
- 23 PASSIVE recorded
- 59 MIRAGE sampled
- 30 MIXBUS compressed
- 41 ORIGINAL recorded
- 33 PROCESSED
- 33 SHADOW compressed
- 32 TAPE recorded
*Other Genres that this package may be useful in:
- Drum Hits
- Electro House
- Progressive House
- Tech House