The TS-808 is a
software emulation (VSTi plugin) of the Roland TR-808.
The TR-808 service notes provide full schematics for
each voice. I used them to make SPICE simulations of the
circuits. I also analysed the best samples I could find
(The Tape808, by Goldbaby), and tweaked the sounds until
the waveforms and spectral content were as close as
possible to the real thing. Most of the voices have
more parameters and a greater range than their hardware
The TS-808 was a
labour of love - I made it because I wanted to make
music with it. I decided to make it available at no
fixed cost because I thought others would enjoy using it
too. If you use it a lot, and especially if you derive
an income from your use of it, please consider making a
donation. The TS-808 was made with SynthEdit.
There are two
versions of the TS-808: Mono and Stereo. Tactile Sounds
recommends the Mono version for most purposes. The
Stereo version was developed because some hosts send
mono signals to the left channel only.