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
August 21, 2012 @ 6:35 pm
I got the midi problem as well. It used to be working with a patch bay but suddenly it just stopped responding to midi notes sent to it. I tried also to hook it up directly from the sequencer, but no luck. If anybody has any bright ideas what to do to fix it they would be more than welcome. Love this old machine. Would love to get it back to life.
April 28, 2012 @ 11:19 am
To date the best digital 808/909 clone I've ever heard, the sounds is incredibly punchy, clean and organic and it really cuts through and shines in your mix, its worth the price for the kick drums alone but the other sounds really are something too and SHOULD be thoroughly utilized, an underrated machine and a total steal on the used market today, if you love 808/909 but can't afford the originals or a Jomox 888/999 then this is your golden ticket, hook it up to a sequencer and shiver to its amazing OOMPH :)
April 16, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
way better drumstation demo here:!
September 28, 2011 @ 4:15 am
@Victor: I found the key to the problem: I am using a midi pathcbay - Drumstation does not like this one bit. If I connect the Drumstation diretly to the sequencer it works.
September 23, 2011 @ 1:32 pm
contact novation they have a independent company who repair there products they will give you there details. then contact the repair's company and ask for a quote for repar of the midi problem.
i am currently looking to buy another one because even though my one crashed i know how good they sound.
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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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