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i808 Drum Machine


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i808 brings vintage hip hop drum machines to the iPhone in a fun, easy to use app. Make beats with 11 timeless drum machine instruments used in today's rap, hip hop, R&B, and techno/electronica songs. Change patterns, add instruments, and configure options on the fly as you listen to your beat. Amateur beat makers will love the fun, dynamic live-play interface. Professionals will appreciate the exclusive cd quality (16 bit 44.1 kHz) samples taken from an original vintage analog drum machine in Blackout Labs' studios.

Other drum and beat sequencer apps rely on inaccurate, easy to implement technology that results in stuttering beats or a lagging tempo. i808 is built with extreme accuracy making it a reliable drum sequencer and an excellent metronome.

Each pattern is divided into 16 beats. To play an instrument on a beat, select that instrument and press the beat buttons you desire that instrument to play on. Press play to hear your beat. Edit your patterns, beats, and instrument options in real time while playing or while stopped.
Hold down a pattern button for 3 seconds to clear it.
Use the accent to add dynamics, making some beats louder or softer than others.
To change the tempo, press stop if playing, click the tempo box, and type in the tempo you want.
Your patterns are automatically saved when you close i808.

-Patterns change as you lift your finger. To change on a precise beat, hold the pattern button a few beats before you want to change and then release on the beat you want.
-For the best sound quality, use the iPhone or iPod volume control. If you desire further volume increase, use the "Total Gain" slider in the options screen.
-We listen to our users. If there are features you'd like to see added or if you experience any problems, send an email to: feedback (at) blackoutlabs (dot) com

i808 samples are authorized for use in both commercial and non-commercial music compositions only. Audio samples may not be distributed in sample libraries or any sample-based hardware/software.

What's New in Version 1.5

-i808 now saves the tempo setting.

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Customer Reviews

A great use of $2 for the beat scientist in all of us.

This is a great straightforward 808 emulator. Many people are complaining about sound quality, but really, this isn't awful. Chances are 99% of the people that buy this app have no plans of using it live. It's a great time waster, and once the beats start, they're absolutely metronomic. No clipping or tempo fluctuations here! I had to give it four stars since it only seems to save my beats when it feels like doing so... which is annoying. If you're in to hip-hop, electro, or just looking for a cheap and easy to use drum machine (this is great for practicing, musicians!), this is your app.


It's fun and easy. I'm really looking forward to making some recordings with the i808, however it doesn't remember all the settings when you save a beat. Also I'm not one to complain about sound quality on a super inexpensive drum machine. ( I'm one if those that realizes you get what you pay for) however I'm getting some real bad clipping pops with the bass drum. Really bummes me out. Makes it unusable. Update please. Thanks.

Fun with lots of potential

I like thus app and have had fun with it. I agree with others that there's room for improvement here.

- the fact that the sound shuts off as the screen goes to sleep should be fixed.

- I'd like to be able to save groups of beats. It's nice to have up to six sets here, but I'd like to save stuff I like, so I can move on to other beats w/o erasing the "keepers."

- finally, allow for the settings like "snappy" and "hi/low" to be applied differently to each beat. That would be helpful.

Also, it would be nice to adjust the tempo by tapping as a short-cut, as well as incremental "up/down" adjustments.

Really cool app. Thanks for the hard work. I look forward to updates.

i808 Drum Machine
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 2.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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