Roland’s vintage TR-808 drum machine or TB-303 bass synthesizers helped define electronica in the ‘80s, but nowadays they’re nearly impossible to find. Luckily, you can create beats with both instruments for free online, thanks to a new site called 808303.studio created by Roland, musician Yuri Suzuki and the London Design Museum.
Each instrument has an old-school sequencer that lets you create your own rhythms or generate them at random. The TB-303 give you control over filter cutoff, resonance, envelope modulation, decay and accent, and you can change the oscillator to a saw or square wave. Meanwhile, the 808 has all the drum sounds you need along with a simple sequencer, while letting you set the master tempo and add shuffles or fills. Best of all, both instruments stay in sync as you plot out your jams. Roland has even emulated the sounds of the buttons to really give you those vintage feels.