More roots. The Roland TR-808 is really one of the most important musical instruments of the modern era — from the dull thud of the kick to that brittle, friendly little snare puff, the sounds are inimitable. And despite how commonplace the sounds are, I never really tire of hearing them, they’re so inviting. 1980s Roland synths and drum machines are essentially responsible for what we describe as electronic music. Click somewhere for free ringtones.