Roland Corporation, one of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments and software, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of its signature devices, the TR-808.

A backbone in the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music, the drum machine was used in many of the genres' most iconic works. On their website, they uploaded a detailed infographic page showing off the history of the device, some famous users and works, and how it's now integrated into DAWs in the present day.   

The list of TR-808 users is immense. Notable names include Marvin Gaye, Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, Public Enemy, Whitney Houston, Plastikman, and many, many more. In honor of the staggering number of 808-wielders, Roland published a playlist on Spotify highlighting some of their favorite tracks featuring the device.

Over the weekend, Roland also released a mini-documentary about the TR-808. Carl CraigJermaine DupriArthur Baker, and other users of the instrument shared stories about how it influenced their respective genres as a whole and helped them bring their own ideas to life.

You can check out Roland's 40-year anniversary celebration infographic in its entirety and learn how to download the free TR-808 plugin via their website here.



Roland's Verselab MV-1 Allows Producers to Create Complete Songs Without a Laptop

With all the functionality needed to create a complete song—and a competitive price point—Roland's new product is likely to make a splash.


New Browser-Based Beat Maker Lets You Create Algorithmic Acid House in Real-Time

The Endless Acid Banger emulates Roland's TR-909 and TB-303 machines.

Color press photo of Skrillex in front of a white background.

Skrillex Teases New Softest Hard Collab at 808 Festival

Skrillex teased new music with Softest Hard on Instagram over the weekend.

Coachella - Jamal Eid

The Coachella Documentary is Free for Streaming Month

The YouTube-hosted documentary will feature footage of Daft Punk, Billie Eilish, and many more.

ableton live 11

Ableton Announces the Release Date for Live 11

In addition to the release date announcement, developers informed producers that a beta is available now.

nani main

A Pornographic, Anime-Themed Plugin is Stirring Controversy in Music Production Circles

The controversial "hentai" plugin has divided the music production community and angered some due to its provocative imagery.