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Synth Plugin by Initial Audio
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808 STUDIO has been replaced by: 808 Studio 2 - Bass Synth
808 STUDIO by Initial Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
System Requirements
Windows Vista and above
System Requirements
OS X 10.8 and above
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808 Studio is Initial Audio's game changing synthesizer designed for that classic 808 sound found in many modern styles of music like Trap, Grime and Drum and bass.

Many producers these days are using samples for their 808s, we designed 808 Studio to change all this. Samples are great but they can never be as high quality as generating the bass in real time. Enter 808 Studio. The basses in 808 Studio are generated from a selection of 70 different ultra high definition waveforms each designed to get you as close to the bass sound you want without too much effort. The higher the definition of the waveform the more harmonic content it can contain and hence the more rich and full it will sound at the lowest frequencies, exactly what you need for bass sounds. Being generated in realtime has even more benefits, now you can modify your 808s in ways not possible with samples. Change the waveform, apply a filter and modify the individual layers of the sound. Use 808 Studio to develop your own unique bass sound.

It has never been this easy to create custom 808s ! Create your own custom made 808s in seconds with 808 Studio even if you are not very experienced in using synths you will make amazing results fast. It's hard to do something wrong with 808 Studio. Don't want to waste your time with sound design and just want production ready basses straight out of the box? We've got you covered, 808 Studio comes with 200 production ready 808s and bass presets. These presets will have you covered for pretty much any bass sound you will ever need. Try the demo and see for yourself.


  • 70 unique high definition waveforms.
  • 200 production ready presets.
  • Unique Kick section: Develop the kick of your 808 sound.
  • Sub section: For that extra bit of low end, features Fat mode and drive.
  • Bypass the effects: useful for keeping the fundamental frequency of the bass intact when using the Chorus for instance.
  • Oscillator section: Layer two of the 70 available waveforms for a truely unique sound. Then apply its own envelope.
  • Advanced Graphical Envelopes: Control the curves and set the sections either from the display or use the knobs. Get realtime visual feedback of the envelopes current position.
  • Effect rack with Amp, Compressor, EQ and Chorus. Effect order can be changed. Compressor contains a built in sidechain from the kick section.
  • Glide: Glide your bass effortlessly with one knob.
  • Pitch Slide: Add pitch slide up or down and set the shape of the slide response.
  • Scope: View the end resulting waveform in realtime. Also shows if the output is clipping by flashing red.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By dlandis
July 27th, 2019

Actually, for me more like 3 and a half stars.

The Good:

1) Excellent sound, hence an organic quality.

2) Sits well in the mix.

3) Easy and quick to learn and program. Very straight-forward, pleasant GUI.

4) Flexible due to the three oscillator sound sources (two regular, one dedicated sub) and other programming options for tone shaping.

5) Pitch slide function is very effective.

The Bad:

1) There is a issue in pitch bend releases. If one, say, pitchbends a note (for example) down a major third (e.g., A to F) and releases the key before releasing the pitchbend wheel, all following notes will likewise be pitchbent down a major third (e.g., D to Bb, Eb to B, etc.) until one uses the pitchwheel to bend the note up to return to the original pitch. Pitchbending up and releasing before returning the pitchwheel to center produces the same corresponding issue with the new pitch being above the correct pitch.

2) What may be a an oversight: the maximum pitch amount for pitch bend is "hard-wired" to a major third; this cannot be increased or decreased within the GUI.

These last two seriously affect my use of the plug-in and are the reason for loss of one (and a half) star(s). If/when these shortcomings are addressed, the plug-in's rating could pretty easily be 5 stars. I'm hoping this happens.

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Reviewed By lichtentunes
May 4th, 2018

I love it!!! It was exactly what I was looking for. It has a ton of great presets and it's easy to tweak sounds. I used it on my newest track. 808 studio has sounds that sit well in a mix or stand out.

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