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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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JACKEM a hobbyist user writes:
TR FATBOX!!! SMOOTH BEATS WITH A WARM SOUL, WITH AN INTERFACE TO DIE FOR!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-17-2000 at 21:30
Larry a part-time user from Wisconsin, USA writes:
This is probably the sexiest drum machine known to man! It's just so smooth sounding. Yea, the drum Station does a nearly perect 808, but the groove isn't there. But i did never try it with a 626 though. You can even use the external sequence track on the 909. But a real 808 just has this sexy groove you can't get any where else. Check out my trax www.mp3.com/computercontroled

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-16-2000 at 01:04
ME a professional user from where few have gone before writes:
I've never personally used a real 808, only rebirth and a drumstation for those 808 sounds, but what i have to say is OK you can sample the 808, but will you get real time tuning? i love real time tuning of drum parts, lots of knobs, good sounds and a good sequencer all of which the 808 seem to have, for the price they're going for now 700-850 i think it's a pretty good deal for everything you're getting, what else has a great seq lots of knobs a great sound and many outputts? out of the new shit the electribes don't have outs and their sound isn't powerful enough on their own they need effects, the 2 other things that offer what the 808 offers are the xbase and mc505, the xbase is what $800 and is only 4 voice polyphonic? and the mc505, something about being groove approved frightens me...the sounds aren't tthat great and it's $1200 new now? i just think befotre saying something's too expensive look what else offers what it offers and look at it's price, 808s and 909s aren't that expensive...taken into consideration everything they offer..and oh yea hawtin definately used an 808, 606, 909, 101, 202, 303 and a 707...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-02-2000 at 17:27
JASON D a professional user from LAND OF THE SYNTHGODS writes:
808 XOXO what ever ...... cool box everybody trys to imitate it ...People Wake up ! Purist WAKE UP ! Nice for house , but hard to sequence hardcore breaks with this thing ..... its good for sampling people rode on horses before cars , now we sample instead of squared off analogue sequencing beat boxes , I have a tr808 , had it for a while , my Emu E4 replaced it very quickly though , the 808 is a good converstation piece ....and good to build samples , please don't pay over $500 for one of these , but if you want one bad enough I will sell mine for $750 regards Jason d

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-02-2000 at 11:15
Joe a professional user from usa writes:
I have one bad ass sampler with 128 mb of RAM, and sample cd's with every single parameter of this machine on it.<snappy,tune,etc> Plus the factory loops, and the ones I make using a sequencer, and sampling it. I agree, to reproduce it really well you need a good sampler, and whatever Loops I need I can make, but I just sequence the sounds for new loops. I have a tr707, if I need to XoX program, then trigger the sounds via my sampler. to me this is the "next best thing" soundwise, as I am not going to pay the stupid price for this machine, just to say I have one. I give it a 5 because the sound is timeless. It still grooves. Don't let RAP give this machine a "bad name". That's just one of the many ways it can be used! THIS IS THE ONLY DRUM MACHINE, THAT OFFERS MORE VERSATALITY THAN ANY OTHER!! Especially if you process it. It can sound like the 909.< I'm sick of hearing the 909> :-0 (yawn) So I say find a "real" one, then get the best samples you can, or the novation drumstation, I hear is a good substitute. Get this sound anyway you can, as it's the next "big" thing. Check out the 808 STATE band. They play electronica, and uses this machine exclusively. Plastik man too uses it. Hall and Oates use to use it on their hits. (one on one, Kiss on my list, I can't go for that, etc) The petshop boys uses it too. Man I could go on, and on. I think Sade does too. Oh, and Lord knows every hip hop, acid jazz, and RAP band utilizes this machine, or samples. THIS IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-05-2000 at 13:21
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