The Roland TR-808 is a mythical instrument. Manufactured for a brief period in the early 1980s, this drum machine is considered the holy grail of programmable instruments. It’s legendary sound is heard on more hit records than any other drum machine, some, even, name whole albums after it such as Kanye West’s “808s and Heartbreaks.” Although once prized for their affordability, nowadays an 808 costs upwards of $1000. That is where comes in. I don’t know when, but Boston Vincent Riemer, took it upon himself to clone the 808 and release it online for free. The magnificent result is, a fully functional 808 that can be used in any browser.

Like the original instrument, this digital 808 is immediately usable and packed with the same legendary sounds. Even better, the midi file created is exportable and easily downloadable.