TR-808

 

TR-808 The Downbeat of Innovation

Don Lewis’s involvement with the TR808 began with Ace Tone’s original version, the FR-2L, known as the iconic “Rhythm Ace,” which he first started using in the late 1960s to add electronic percussion accompaniment to his organ music. 

 

Vocoder

 

Don Lewis Takes on the Vocoder

When the synthesizer movement evolved from a desire to replicate musical instruments to replicating voice in the early 1980s, it was only natural for Roland to bring Lewis in on the ground floor as they developed their first vocoder.