Roland R-8

Roland R-8

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R-8, Drum Machine from Roland in the R series.

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Roland R-8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: R-8
  • Series: R
  • Category: Drum Machines
  • Added in our database on: 07/22/2002

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Roland R-8 user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 9 reviews )
 3 reviews33 %
 4 reviews44 %
 1 user review11 %
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aza92's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland R-8
it comes no notice c is asking you a fact I have a lil r 8 with 3 sound cards and as I didn t use the manual I do not know how to read the card.
is that you can help me please?
thank you very much


it comes no notice c is asking you a fact I have a lil r 8 with 3 sound cards and as I didn t use the manual I do not know how to read the card.
is that you can help me please?
thank you very much


it comes no notice c is asking you a fact I have a lil r 8 with 3 sound cards and as I didn t use the manual I do not know how to read the card.
is that you can help me please?
thank you very much


it comes no notice c is asking you a fact I have a lil r 8 with 3 sound cards and as I didn t use the manual I do not know how to read the card.
is that you can help me please?
thank you very much

ipm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Not expensive enough my son has everything a great"

Roland R-8
What connections (audio, MIDI ...)?
1 phone output, 1 output R / L hand stereo, 8 separate outputs, the classic trio twelve o'clock ... known

Note that the output level is not very high, just like my JV2080. but the sound is good

He has an effects section?

How many sounds, styles available? Are they editable? Through a Utility Mac / PC?
about 130, plus those of the memory card (I have a 04 SN R8, including the sounds of a TR 808 ...

What caractériques sequencer?
I bought my R8 for the sequencer and I do not regret it a very good way real time, a very good step sequencer, recording parameters such as pitch pan, attack, release is recorded, that n ' is not necessarily current

requires a little time learning the LCD is very readable when walking

Attention because the power supply is external, specific and heavy. Without him no functional R8, it is almost impossible to find, so be sure to check its presence when purchasing


It is a machine of the late 80s (20 years so ...) and machines are clearly dated and have the sounds of those years. to study well when you want to buy this bar only for use "sound"


use is excellent, and after several MPC groovebox (MC 505, she had a huge sound), I need to streamline my machines and R8 is the ultimate BAR (at least for my use)

the sequencer is doing its job brilliantly, the step sequencer screen is perfect and the broad, is magnificent readability. It's pretty simple I do my pattern almost instantly.

It changes my GPA or my MC 505 that needed to go through submenus to activate step ...

only limitation not possible to change the sounds for recording a pattern ... (But I do not care complémentement actually, because editing is already more than enough!)

editing sounds is easy and very complete ... a slider value, takes the same principle as the Qlink of akai it works well and everything is solid, including PADs hard plastic, strange choice but not so bad ...

just talking about the pads: I was very afraid of the people, but they are well spaced, respond well to the sensitivity ultimately it is a very pleasant surprise when they are in good condition.

especially the pads for functions FLAM, ROLL and ERASE are basic yet few machines must offer. Basically it's well designed and it is especially ergonomic


Basic R8 is not very follichonne, it seems to me that it is 12bit and sampled ca feel:
- This is clearly not very clean ...
- However, the dynamic is very good
- In the end it is strange how nice it is typed in a 80 piece!


I put a SN R8 04 ... this little card is a real bomb, with my R8 and the map I available to me in a nice box and a small standalone TR-808 with ALL the sounds of the TR 808 and generally all the features of the TR with MIDI, editing facilities and separate outputs

Obviously the R8 with the TR 808 card will not be worth 100% the sound of the TR 808 but if I had pronounced all like her big sister to 98%!

Once again if listening to solo the difference may be, it becomes much less in one piece ...

Incidentally, I met very recently, a possessor of TR 808 confessed to me that he loved his TR 808, it was a beautiful thing, but now he could not take the concert because:
- 1: there is no MIDI
- 2: it is super fragile and shock scare him
- 3: the risk to the flying is more than some!

R8, a little worse than the original, can fill this tour ...
Basically a TR 808 at home or in the studio and on tour R8 or studio!

then in the end as I unfortunately not true for 1500 euros and 500 euros TR slam for the revision / midification ... well you have understood my R8 220 euros is a reasonable choice, not passionate.

When I have as I take can be a real TR I'll midifié. But what will happen? Honestly I'm not sure a real TR 909 however ...


Many advantages to using this BAR, I use it only as clonne of TR 808 and filled with wonder this functionality and this opinion is a reflection of R8 use as TR 808 only.

Sequencer, midi, separate outputs, maps, durability, ergonomics ... I love this beautiful machine decidedly generous dimensions, it is a place, it is not cramped ... I LOVE my R8!!

there are also drawbacks: the external power supply, the number of patterns / songs a bit limited ...

I have a few machines in the hands (I played a few hours with TR 909 and 808) but I did not have a very large physical experiences with those below.

small boxes ALESIS BOSS and are not bad, but suffer from their size, separate outputs malgrés sounds that are not bad, but rather ...

I do not know why the R8 gives me more satisfaction than anything that happened in my hands at least for what it is supposed to do.

In comparison, if I had to make a very personal comparison I admit) between my three favorite machines (R8 / MPC / MC 505 for its:
- TR obviously original
- Tied: R8 with the card or MC TR 808 505 1000
- MPC 1000 as if the sound is excellent processing samples for TR sounds différenement

for a comparison in terms of ergonomics:
- TR 808/909 has egalité with the R8, even if the TR is certainly faster edition
- MC 505

The R8 is expensive used, the strength design will pay dearly priori, but against a TR original ca not seem exorbitant (5 months time about expensive!)

PS: I have not tested the card dance (R8 SR 10) containing a portion of the samples TR 909, it seems it is not terrible. So, I stuck samplers back of the R8 and the result is quite correct, but on the other hand, the difference is clear: NOTHING like a real TR 909!!

Try to find a R8 in poor condition to play, this can still be used (just for the LCD)

Moe Sizlak02/02/2012

Moe Sizlak's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent Drum Machine underestimated"

Roland R-8
No CV / Gate (of course) but no effect and that's good.


Getting started relatively quickly. The sequencer galley may seem at first if you're used to TR (606/808/909), but in the end, it is more accurate and realistic.


Sounds "basic" are not great, like drum kits late 80's at the bottom, but the bike takes all its interest with sound cards SN-R8-04 and 10. One is left with a sort of TR-808 digital. While handling is obviously not the same, but the sound is there. With 10 separate outputs (Master L / R included), the possibilities are endless mix.


The large gear of the era (1988), reliable and costo totally underestimated the benefit of BAR Roland TR-808 or 909 who snapped up the price of gold when you can easily obtain an R-8 for a much more reasonable sum. The whole is to arrive to find sound cards that come with it ... That said, even without the cards, this bar is very good quality / price ratio.

Lsan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland R-8
Aspect gnral:
Large ergonomic bar (40 * 30 cm and a weight of 3 kgs) for the use of all buttons, felt the strong current has changed things in small fluorescent plastoc (I do not quote marks .. .)

- Hand Out Stereo + 8 outputs on Jack indpendantes 6.35
- Midi In / Out / Thru
- Headphone
- Tape Sync Rca
- Foot switch between trig +
- Two expansion slots for additional cards (one card of sounds, a card backup)

- 68 basic sounds in 16bits/44khz samples, with 32-voice polyphony
- Extension of the bank card homeowners thmatiques of 26 sounds (10 cards available)
- Edition of sounds: pitch, tone VLOC, decay

No effect

16 assignable pads, programming pattern (100 max) and songs by chaining (10 max)

Implmentantion complte twelve o'clock (sync, control change, sysex dump etc ...)

- The 16 sensitive pads vlocitbr /> - volume slider and slider to change paramtre
- 39 buttons to manipulate the BCAN


- Config gnrale very simple and intuitive ...
- Editing sounds simple, squenceur practice mode pattern as that song mode, all as rich (for example, grows according to humanize patterns, working in VLOC note note , change the tempo ...)
- The manual is clear enough, but to deepen ncessaire cete machine, but is learning fast.


- The audio connection is of good quality warm, lightweight despite blowing out his hand (which disappears with the output spares) ...
- The basic sounds are average, but some are exploitable. (I got at least a me sometimes to think of bad years 80-90 bars trying with more or less successfully re-create the sounds of acoustic ...)... pleased brief t used in the context of electro music and others ...
- Additional sound cards give lots of opportunities for cons: I for my part electro and dance cards, samples of TR808/909 and CR78, the dynamics are good trs, heat is Submitted: we are dealing a hard machine, not something numrique ...
- No effects but spares 8 outputs allow you to send rhythms to a mix table, much more sensible solution than implementing a multieeffets mdiocre, as is done today has history of the package to ct CHARACTERISTICS.
- The expression of the trs BCAN is good, thanks its sensitive pads VLOC the office of humanization and paramtres adjustable to note note .. .

My rating down because the basic sounds are average, we must jog APRS maps for more wealth ...
Note that you can not put an expansion card in both the BCAN. So if you want a kit consist of sounds from multiple cards, it must go through the additional optional memory card ...


Well, have APRS test the TR707, the programming software (prciser finally we can say that I do not like the virtual), the QY70, I must admit that in terms of ergonomics the R8 is much more flexible and enjoyable. The sounds are then usable without problem, with good richness thanks its expansion cards. Finally CONTRL for an external device, everything is Submitted ct noon to do it well (very good squenceur rhythm in short) ...

Given the price in time, it is a good value quality trs prices for those who want so squence rhythms other than with a soft ... (200 euros on average depending on options).
If the purpose is mainly for you to have a good library of sounds, look on the R8 Mk2 plutt which contains the almost complete sound cards + a standard memory capacity twice important ...

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