Back in the 80s, drum machines were becoming all the rage. Roland was one of the more popular manufacturers of these drum boxes, and one in particular, the TR-808, became very popular with the R&B, Rap, and Dance crowd – mainly for its very deep and booming kick drum sound. That sound became known in the zeitgeist as simply “808.” Check out the Urban Dictionary entry for 808 here.
Since the 808 sound continues to be relevant in the age of software-based recording studios, you can emulate it in a number of virtual instrument and synth programs. Below is a video from YouTube user, imamusicmogul that shows you how to get the 808 sound using a synthesizer program in Apple’s Logic recording software. It is included in both Logic Pro and Logic Studio.The synth program is called ES2, and is a very sophisticated virtual analog synth. There is a pretty detailed article in Sound-On-Sound about the ES2 here.
OK, so back to the video and the instructions for creating the 808 kick sound in Logic’s ES2:
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