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Roland TR-8

Rhythm Performer

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Roland TR-8
Roland TR-8
450.00 street price

Roland vintage instruments created from the late 70's to the mid-80's became the most popular units of analog renaissance in the 21st century. The company produces instruments which have little to do with their predecessors. However, the capabilities and ambitions allow the brand to return to the basics, while other manufacturers have only a small chance for a comeback.

In February 2014 the company announced the AIRA line, which now includes the renowned rhythm machine called Roland AIRA TR-8.

The drum machine isn’t analog but it has a new core based on ACB modeling (Analogue Circuit Behavior), which is designed for most accurate recreation of analog circuit.

The first thing that everyone managed to pay attention to is its design. There is a distinct correlation with classic machines, but at the same time you can see the addition of neon touch. All buttons except those at the bottom of the panel are green backlit. By the way speaking about the bottom block with 16 pads: each of 11 drum types is segmented according to the original TR-808 layout. It is worth noting that the magic number "16" haunts a lot of rhythm machines, and TR-8 is no exception. A 16-step sequencer is available, allowing you to play patterns separately or simultaneously. Each pattern offers 2 variations - A and B, which can be combined to create 32 steps.

Percussion adjustment is limited to 2 knobs: release and tune. The exception is bass drum which has additional processing by the compressor as well as attack and decay settings control. Among the features "Scatter" stands out. Thanks to it the so-called "stuttering" effect, reminding of "glitch", is achieved. Besides, the set of effects includes reverb, delay, and a dynamic-mocker - "side chain".

TR-8 percussion synthesizer is simple enough and intuitive in use. The live performing is managed with the INST and INST REC buttons, or you can prepare the steps in the TR style thanks to TR-REC. In the INST PLAY mode, 12-16 pads are assigned for special purposes.

For example, from 12 to 15 pads are responsible for creating a roll effect, and the 16th represents a mute mode. DSP engineers have done a tremendous work of introducing drums taken from the classic TR-808 and TR-909. They added the same features inherent in vintage analog machines.

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Usage area
Bass Synthesizer 
Percussion Synthesizer 
Rhytm/ Drum Machine 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Digital (D) 
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Drum Kits Preset11
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Open
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Close
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Tom
Envelope Generator (EG)
Effects overall4
Max Step Count16
MIDI in/ out
Display type EL
Resolution: Symbols Count4
Pads Matrix
Pads Count16
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)5
Audio in
Analog 1/4"2
Power Supply External
Height65 mm
Width400 mm
Depth260 mm
Weight1.900 kg
Production start2014

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