Novation Drum Station

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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
September 18, 2011 @ 3:26 am
@Victor: You state that not receiving midi signal is a common problem? Do you have an y documentation to back that up? I've just received mine and it does not respond to midi :( I've been trying everything setupwise to make it work - but it doesn't :(
September 15, 2011 @ 3:39 pm
i had one and it stopped receving midi signals quite a common fault so became useless as well as the v1 power supply problem. anyway it is a nice machine but the thing i found annoying about it was the shared channels toms and the lack of polophony as a complex pattern just didnt work because the machine would just stop playing random drum sounds. so if you play a pattern with all the sounds of the 909 playing you wouldnt hear all the drum parts because some would just stop sounding.but i thought the sounds where great back then but now it's way over priced for what's on the market now
September 6, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
I have a Drumstation v1 and it produces some very annoying noise.. Its so loud its even louder than the outputs of the kicks.. Is there anyone who might know how to fix this?
July 15, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
I just got one for $250NZ so stuff all in US $, anyways I found the 808 kicks to have the most grunt, the 909 kicks are good but I found that I really need to slam a compressor on the unit to really bring it to life for me. @ cjbonecollecter, I tried that and yeah he is spot on.

Overall it's a great unit!!
August 20, 2010 @ 7:41 am
yep. lots of punch down town and the snrs and hts can be so sharp and perf yer ear up!
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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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