iO-808 is a browser based TR-808 that works
iO-808 is probably the most accurate browser replica of the Roland TR-808 that has been designed so far and was launched to commemorate ‘808 day’ on 8 August.
It’s certainly not the first though. A year ago the HTML 5 Drum Machine Emulator gave us some fleeting fun online but iO-808 is way more fun to be honest.
Making music in your browser is also not a new concept either. Google’s MUSICLAB is an entire collection of music instruments you can play in their browser.
An Accurate replica
The iO-808 was designed by a software engineer named Vincent Jackson and his goal was to create a TR-808 that looked as close to the real deal as possible.
This means placing all the controls; tone knobs, instrument select, pads etc where existing 808 users would expect to find them.
How the iO-808 works is that the drum sounds are synthesised from the Web Audio API to replicate the original sampled sounds uses on the original TR-808.
There is still some more work to do on this browser-based drum machine such as a play mode and a function to change time signatures; currently you can only do the straight up 4/4. But you can save your patterns, run two variations plus combine the two, add in a drum fill and even set the fill to 16, 12, 8, 4 or 2 measures.
It is loads of fun and you can hide it on one of your tabs when the boss comes walking past. The iO-808 seems compatible with all browsers too.