All Articles News
This Drum Machine Faithfully Recreates Roland TR 808 in Your Browser
Rounik Sethi on Wed, January 4th 2 comments
This web-based 808 feels so authentic to the original it might just blow your mind. Now wouldn't it be cool if you could map all the controls to a MIDI controller?

Gone are the days when we'd be shocked at the notion of a browser based DAW, drum machine or modular synthesizer. It's inevitable really. One day soon many more of us wil be making music in our browsers. Sure, web audio is still in its early days. But, the potential is so exciting it's surely going to rock the boat of the industry in a major way.

In the meantime, we can enjoy delightful web apps like this one, IO-808. As the name suggests it's a Roland TR-808 clone. Developer, Vincent Riemer, has attempted to create a faithful emulation of the original 808 in the humble web browser and he's done an excellent job. This is one 808 in yrou browser you won't know instinctively how to use unless you're familiar with the original hardware 808. There is a useful tutorial included. And don't let the authentic approach put you off.

IO-808 is as fun and fullly featured to play with, as it is beautiful to look at. The selector for each sound and the step sequencer behave really nicely. 


Of course, IO-808 is free to use, and surprisingly, we found it works better in Safari than Firefox, though we haven't tested Chrome which is usually top of the browsers for web audio performance. I haven't had an luck saving sequences yet, though the upload function seems to work fine.

Be warned that laying down beats in IO-808 can become additctive. So if you're caught out at work... don't blame AskAudio ;-)



Related Videos
Comments (2)

You must be logged in to comment.

  • Vincent
    I assume your issues saving are Safari-related (opens a new tab instead of saving). Safari doesn't support directly saving content generated by javascript, but in that new tab you can just right click the page and click 'save page as', make sure the dropdown at the bottom is 'page source', and name it .json
    • 3 years ago
    • By: Vincent
  • patzer
    Looks cool! What does Chrome "is usually the of the pile" mean -- Typo?
    • 3 years ago
    • By: patzer
Diving Deeper Into Illustrator
Illustrator 102
Dream It. Do It.
Do you want to learn Diving Deeper Into Illustrator?
Yes, I want to learn!
No Thanks, I just want to read the article.
Course Advisor
Don't Know Where To Start?
Ask A Course Advisor
Ask Us!
Copy the link below and paste it into an email, forum, or Facebook to share this with your friends.
Make money when you share our links
Become a Affiliate!
The current affiliate rate is: 50%
Classes Start Next Week!
Live 8-week Online Certification Classes for: