What we wanted to achieve with the 8raw8, is a 1:1 reproduction of the old fashionned TR808 electronic circuitry. A simple, useful device focused on the authentic sound. Every Active component on the signal path is the exact same reference as those used in the original 808. This includes: OPamps, transistors, diodes, signal ICs. At the exception of the HandClap VCA (orig:BA662), replaced by it's little brother (BA6110) sounding perfect with little tweaks. When we recieve parts, we make sure they are true originals by testing them. It took ages to find the real deal.
Passive components (capacitors, resistors) come from EU stocks. They were carefully selected for their sound properties when prototyping on breadboards. Their technology, brand, tolerancy… can make a big difference when A/B testing with an original 808.
All our components are Through Hole. It means they are soldered through the mainboard, unlike modern miniaturized SMD chips (Surface Mounting Device) which have different power ratings, and sometimes are off specs compared to a Through Hole version. Power Supply and MIDI circuits were redesigned with up-to-date components.