It'll never die. Our desire for authentic sounding 808 drum machines in modern form seemingly will persist forever. And DSP Synthesizers want those rocking a modular system to have access too with their new Rx8. Here's more details on this neat, polyphonic synth drum module.
The Rx8 is a 8 voice polyphonic drum module from DSP Synthesizers in a 4HP space. It has that iconic vintage 808 sound and those snappy analog beats including Kick, Snare, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Claps Cowbell and Rimshot.
The sound is selected with a knob or CV and crossfades 2 adjacent sounds on the scale. It is polyphonic meaning once a triggered sound is in decay it wont be interrupted or cut by a new trigger unless it’s the same sound. Each drum is also tuneable with the Tone knob and the Tone-CV is read only at trigger time so pitch is also polyphonic.
The module can be played with a 1 channel analog sequencer (CV/Gate) or direct from a CV/Gate keyboard. The trig-input is positive-edge triggered and the output is a mono mix of the playing drums. The module is $149 including shipping.
The module is built with Thonkiconn jacks, 808-knobs and a screen-printed aluminum panel. The module uses a custom designed chip not available for DIY but the u808 chip, using the same sound, (available at http://dspsynth.eu).