Majetone has announced the release of AC08 for Kontakt, an acoustic recreation of the classic TR-808 drum machine from Roland.

The instrument features an octave of tuned kick drums, meticulously chosen and custom built drums, cymbals and percussion.

In 2015 I made an April fools video saying I’d created an ‘808 drumhead’ which was a fake, of course – but then the cogs started turning and I wondered if I could actually make an acoustic recreation of an 808 – obviously this doesn’t sound exactly like an 808 what would be the point and where’s the fun in that! – But – I’ve analysed the timbre of the sound choices in the drum machine and tried to recreate them using mic placement, dampening, stick choice, drum choice and even placing drums within drums.

AC08 includes 4,500 samples (24-bit/48k), up to 7 velocity layers, 5 round robins and a simple and familiar interface.

Available for Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher (full version only), the sample library is on sale for the introductory price of £25 GBP until August 31st, 2021 (regular £35 GBP).

More information: Majetone