Novation Drum Station

Novation Drum Station Image

This is the first true TR-808 / 909 clone! Unlike the rest which use only samples, the Drum Station employs analog Sound Modeling - digitally synthesized models of the original waveforms which can be shaped, just like analog. This means you can adjust the tone, attack, decay, tuning, snap, and distortion of its drum tones. It includes all of the sounds found in the original 808 and 909's, the same tone controls for each drum part, and my favorite is the DIN Sync output which will allow you to sync a TB-303, 909, or 808 to it, just like the original boxes.

Novation Drum Station Image

This is the perfect source for believable, tweakable 808 and 909 drums! It also features modern functions such as full MIDI implementation and control of all parameters, distortion, front-cut edits, note-off programming, programmable drum kits with 40 memory locations, and general-midi drum mapping. Plus there are multiple assignable individual outputs! It's used by Orbital, Laurent Garnier, and Hardfloor.

Drum Station Drum Tone Specs:

Drum Tone Parameters Format
808/909 Bass Drum tune, attack, tone, decay analog
808/909 Snare Drum tune, attack, tone, snappy analog
808/909 Rim Shot tune Sample
808/909 HandClap tune Sample
808/909 Closed Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Open Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
909 Ride Cymbal tune, tone, decay Sample
808/909 Crash Cymbal tune, tone, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Low Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Mid Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Hi Tom tune, decay analog
808 Cowbell tune Sample
808 Low Conga tune analog
808 Mid Conga tune analog
808 Hi Conga tune analog
808 Maracas tune Sample
808 Claves tune Sample

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19 Visitor comments
April 1, 2010 @ 6:54 pm
Just got one for a very, very sharp price. Knowing the original machines I must say this is a wonderful sounding piece of equipment that really kicks some ass!
March 15, 2010 @ 8:48 am
Possibly one of the best TR808/909 clones out there!!!!replicates the sounds so well that most cannot even tell the difference at all!!!!Harder overdriven kicks should be done via the seperate channel through a overdrive/distortion pedal/rack unit though(much richer this way)nice!!!!
Bear Beats
January 21, 2009 @ 5:57 pm
Man , the freshest 909/808 clone ive ever used and so versatile for live performance.>>
October 25, 2008 @ 8:40 am
Get yourself a Korg Electribe ER-1 or equivalent, hook it up with the Drum Station through MIDI and you have your own programmable TR-909 / 808 for a fraction of the price!

Due to the different MIDI specifications of both brands, you should select the 808 set in the Novation's General MIDI setting to get the Electribe playing the 909 sounds and vice-versa.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 5 Voice
  • Oscillators - Digital Analog Sound Modeling of authentic TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds (available simultaneously)
  • Real-Time Controls - Level, Tune, Attack, Decay, tone, snap
  • Outputs - Main Stereo And 6 Assignable Individual
  • Effects - Distortion Effect For Each Drum Sound (for HARDCORE 909 sounds!), Front Cut Edit Feature
  • Keyboard - none
  • Memory - 20 Factory And 15 User Program
  • Control - MIDI + DIN Sync Trigger Output
  • Date Produced - 1996
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