808 is THE sound of hip hop and damn near everything else. But these vintage Roland TR-808′s (as well as the 909′s) can be crazy expensive. If you’re handy with the soldering iron, perhaps making a clone could be the best thing for you. Circuit building master Eric Archer took the Roland schematics and studied them so he could help you nail a nice recreation of the original. Thanks to Eric for all the hard work – check out all his detailed 808 info here. If you’re interested in his music, take a listen here as well – nice and blippy!