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MOOOO! The analog cowbell from the TR-808 is now available as a narrow Eurorack module from TipTop Audio. Re-creating the original sound was the main focus when developing this clone but the circuitry has been extended with a pitch modulation by an internal LFO that will give the cowbell an even more living sound.
As all TipTop drum modules the CB808 can generate loud and hot levels so you can distort the sound and create additional harmonics. Full level can be reached when you crank up the Level and Accent parameters. For a clean sound keep the level maximum at 70%.
The accent circuitry is dynamic and also affects the sound. The louder the pulse at the accent inputis the louder the sound gets and in addition it has more attack. The accent level can be set with a potentiometer. The accent input is normalized to the gate input when no cable is inserted to the accent input. This will provide for a fat loud sound and you don´t have to worry about inserting an accent pulse. In addition the accent control will act as a fine output level control.
Although the sound of the real TR 808 cowbell is not static at all, TipTop has extended the circuitry by pitch modulation thru an internal LFO. Its rate and modulation depth can be set with the according controls.
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Originally based in California and now operating from Thailand, Tiptop has been around for over a decade, providing some of the first effects in eurorack (Z5000), a whole line of 808 and 909 drum modules, clever sequencers and affordable cases. Their Z-DSP is probably one of the best effect modules available, with countless exchangeable cards.