Synsonic-Instruments BD-808

The Synsonic Instruments BD-808 Software-Plugin is useful for creating 808-style Bass Drum Sounds.
The underlying signal processing is based on a detailed analysis of the original 808 Bass Drum circuit.
With the MIDI-Control it is also possible to use the plugin as a Bass Synthesizer.
Originally the 808 Bass Drum has the following parameters for soundshaping:

Accent: Strength of the drum sound
Level: Output level
Decay: Duration of the drum sound
Tone: Amount of attack-click

Additionally the Synsonic Instruments BD-808 offers the following useful soundshaping possibilities:

Tune: Tuning in halftones
Fine: Tuning in cents
LongDecay: Extends decay range
MidiSync-Tune: Tune depends on played Midi-Note
MidiSync-Accent: Accent depends on Velocity of played Midi-Note

With the MIDI Learn function you can assign any MIDI-Controller to a parameter of the Bass Drum.

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BD-808-PRO (NEW)

The BD-808-PRO offers additional parameters:

Compression: The envelope can be compressed, resulting in a louder sound.

Drive: Distortion enhances the 808 sound to achieve a dirty bass drum sound. By activating the drive envelope the distortion is only present during the attack phase of the overall sound. This behaviour may sound more natural, as a real drum also has more distortion at the initial hit.

Glide: By turning up the glidetime, the pitch smoothly varies when different notes are played. Three different glidemodes (Up, Down, Up/Down) allow for different gliding behaviour.

Extended MIDI-Control: To allow more dynamic playing, one can influence the amount of Accent, Decay, Compression, Drive and Tone dependent on the MIDI velocity. E.g. a strong hit on the keyboard can set the drive higher than if the key is hit weaker. Turning the MIDI-SYNC knob of a parameter to the right leads to a positive relation between MIDI velocity and the parameter (indicated by a yellow ring outside the knob). Turning the MIDI-SYNC knob of a parameter to the left leads to a negative relation between MIDI velocity and the parameter (indicated by a red ring outside the knob).


* After payment you will get the download link of the full PRO version.
Check out the DEMO of the PRO version, available for download on this page.
The DEMO version will play a noise every 30 seconds.

Demo Sounds



Instant buy after using bde-01 for a few weeks even without demoing. most versatile 808-steamengine to get so far. i really like the harmonics added by pushing the drive. being able to play this thing velocity sensitive and at any pitch is another great reason for me to stay in the box. got high expectations in what comes next by natanael 🙂



Very nice 808 maker. Maybe add a Volume envelope & distortion unit with tube & tape.



Easy to use and very useful to get what you want fast!



Wow! I'm totally impressed by this freebie (also the 909 emulation). Thanks.


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Windows (VST, 32/64 Bit):





Important notes:
If you get the message that you cannot open the Installer because of an uncertified developer, press “ctrl” and right-click on the installer file. Then choose open.

Version History:

– double trigger problem solved.
– Non-automatable parameters non-visible to host.
– Windows Installer installs also to default location.
– corrected MIDI clear behaviour.