The Novation DrumStation is a 1U rackmount "analog modelling" digital drum machine by Novation Digital Music Systems. It emulates the sounds of the Roland TR-808 and Roland TR-909, although it lacks the step sequencers of the originals, instead receiving notes via MIDI.

The Novation DrumStation is inspired by the classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines. However, unlike most other drum machines which use only samples, the Drum Station employs analog Sound Modeling - digitally synthesized models of the original waveforms which can be shaped, just like analog. This means you can adjust the tone, attack, decay, tuning, snap, and distortion of its drum tones. It includes all of the sounds found in the original 808 and 909's, the same tone controls for each drum part, and my favorite is the DIN Sync output which will allow you to sync a TB-303, 909, or 808 to it, just like the original boxes.

This is the perfect source for believable, tweakable 808 and 909 drums! It also features modern functions such as full MIDI implementation and control of all parameters, distortion, front-cut edits, note-off programming, programmable drum kits with 40 memory locations, and general-midi drum mapping. Plus there are multiple assignable individual outputs!

DrumStation Drum Tone Specs:

Drum ToneParametersFormat
808/909 Bass Drum tune, attack, tone, decay analog
808/909 Snare Drum tune, attack, tone, snappy analog
808/909 Rim Shot tune Sample
808/909 HandClap tune Sample
808/909 Closed Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Open Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
909 Ride Cymbal tune, tone, decay Sample
808/909 Crash Cymbal tune, tone, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Low Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Mid Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Hi Tom tune, decay analog
808 Cowbell tune Sample
808 Low Conga tune analog
808 Mid Conga tune analog
808 Hi Conga tune analog
808 Maracas tune Sample
808 Claves tune Sample

 

  • Polyphony - 5 Voice
  • Oscillators - Digital Analog Sound Modeling of authentic TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds (available simultaneously)
  • Real-Time Controls - Level, Tune, Attack, Decay, tone, snap
  • Outputs - Main Stereo And 6 Assignable Individual
  • Effects - Distortion Effect For Each Drum Sound (for HARDCORE 909 sounds!), Front Cut Edit Feature
  • Keyboard - none
  • Memory - 20 Factory And 15 User Program
  • Control - MIDI + DIN Sync Trigger Output
  • Date Produced - 1996

 

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