This French remake aims to be a faithful remake of the 808's circuits - so it's not velocity-sensitive, though you can vary velocity between two settings using Accent. It has 11 voices, bass drum tune modulation and handclap decay modulation, but no on-board sequencer.
2 Behringer RD-808
Surfing a wave of love for this 35-year-old drum machine, this recreation gets props for doing what Roland's own revival failed to: analogue 808 sounds at an affordable price. The circuits feature new touches such as filter and compressor. We're betting it'll be on sale by Christmas.
3 Roland TR-08/TR-8S
After bundling everything into the TR-8, Roland's finally delivered a dedicated 808 clone, the TR-08, as part of its Boutique range of mini devices. This year's TR-8S has an 808 kit in a larger device akin to the original, while the TR-808 is the 808's software emulation.
TR-08 £289, TR-8S £602, TR-808 software £18.95 p/m, Roland
4 Tanzbär Lite
MFB recently debuted its flagship Tanzbär 2 device, but for strictly 808-influenced sounds, look no further than this compact machine. It sounds raw and ravey and is housed in a sturdy metal chassis. But there's a lot of shift key action to use hidden functions, and with the lack of a screen it's easy to get lost while working.
£360, KMR Audio
5 Acidlab Miami
The all-analogue Miami's nearly sonically indistinguishable from the real 808, and prior to the announcement of Behringer's clone it was your best option for a modern 808 in both sound and programming style. But Behringer's will be almost half the price, potentially leaving this in the rear-view mirror.