>there hasn't ever been drums better than the 808
Prove me wrong, phaggots
I know this is just edgy b8 shitposting, but no one with half a brain ever used them as though they were really a substitute for real drums. They're their own distinct instrument.
If you hear people using it outside the context of house/techno, though (especially before it got really popular), you may realize that it's a lot more flexible than its typical uses imply. I think it's largely considered genre-specific because it wasn't used all that much became identified with house and techno.
superior (at least sound-wise)
no, this looks like a cash register
I really like Electribes. You can do more with one than any x0x.
oh, and the Korg Minipops 7
I would say a Tempest or a Elektron Drum machine would beat out an 808 any day. The 808 is an icon though.
It was actually best on Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.
...is it weird that I have a somehow encyclopedic knowledge of which drum drum machines were used on which songs, including really unusual drum machines and early uses of stuff that only got popular later?
I don't really agree. The Drumulator was deliberately programmed to be super aggressive in a way that a real drummer wouldn't play. I think I remember reading an Albini interview where he said he liked that he could emphasize all the bass drum hits rather than just the downbeats. They wanted something that sounded like a jackhammer, not ersatz "realistic drumming". So they were aware of and deliberately exploited the unique qualities of a drum machine.
but layering sounds is just so much easier to get the desired effect
i like to layer a lot of x0x drum sounds together, the attack of an 808 kick and the tail of a 606 usually work nicely
Synthesized drums were actually a lot more distinctive and interesting than the 808 even in the analog days. And I don't really mean the Simmons SDS-5; modular synth drums and stuff like the ult-sound DS-4 (pictured) had a lot more character... They're not generally as good for metallic hihats, handclaps, etc. though.