808 Day: DinSync.info , a company that specializes in DIY x0x replicas & replacement parts for classic Roland x0x devices, has introduced the RE-808, described as a true 1:1 replica of the original Roland TR-808.
Unlike most copies of classic gear, DinSync’s clones are designed to be full-size replicas of the originals. This means that the RE-808 should not only function and sound the same as an 808, but that RE-808 circuit boards and components can be used as replacement parts for vintage 808s.
Here’s what developer Paul Barker shared about the RE-808:
“As part of our 808 day celebrations, we have something very special this year. The RE-808. As we did last year with the RE-909, we took a TR-808 to pieces and painstakingly created a true 1:1 replica. Unlike any other 808 clone in the market, we went a little further.
In November 2020 we made synth history by successfully performing a “digital decap” of the TR-808 cpu. This enabled us to run the raw 808 CPU code on the Pixie RE-CPU. What this actually means is that like with the RE-303 before, we don’t just replicate the analog aspects but also perfectly replicate the digital aspects and operating system.
For TR users this means your machine will now be able to be repaired long into the future since the Pixie RE-CPU eliminates the obsolete cpu and ram chips. For RE users, this means original 808 code, operation and most importantly authentic 808 playback groove. This is the genuine 808 for the 21st century enthusiast.
As always, the ‘RE’ is made of spare parts that are interchangeable with the original vintage machines. For all intents and purposes, this is a real 808.
So again, old machines can be brought back to life and new machines can be built.”
Pricing and Availability
The RE-808 DIY kit is available now to pre-order for 4,200.00 kr (about $480 USD).