Roland TR-808 http://kmuw.org en Musical Space: Rap Probably Wouldn't Have Existed Without It http://kmuw.org/post/musical-space-rap-probably-wouldnt-have-existed-without-it <p>When it first appeared on the market in the early 1980s the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_TR-808">Roland TR-808</a> could be purchased at about a quarter the price of competing brands. Imitation drums sounded cheap, too.<br><br>These were not digital samples, but simple analog circuits. The bass drum sound was a strange, deep, ringing thud; the snare was a high, papery snap; the cowbell was an obnoxious clank.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:24:43 +0000 Mark Foley 20809 at http://kmuw.org Musical Space: Rap Probably Wouldn't Have Existed Without It