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Roland TR-8

TR-8, Drum Machine from Roland in the AIRA series.

Roland TR-8 Rhythm Controller

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When Roland finally unveiled its AIRA series, the TR-8 rhythm controller, which offers modeled TR-808 and 909 sounds, was one of the four components.

The TR-8 uses Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling technology to recreate the sounds of the classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, and Roland says that, in fact, the TR-8 offers a “full reproduction” of those drum machines. 

FEATURES:

  • Full reproduction of the classic TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines, based on original design spec sheets and detailed analog circuit analysis of many original TR machines, including Roland’s own pristine units
  • Newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology allows part-by-part analyses and faithful recreation of tonality and behavior, including the smooth variations of tone that occur when you work the controls of each instrument
  • Reproduction of the original TR’s behavior, including unique variations in tone that occur when multiple instruments are entered in accented steps
  • Authentic 16-step sequencer with faithful TR-REC behavior, including A and B pattern variations and the ability to play instruments and record to steps in real time
  • 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types, including custom dream kits that use both TR-808 and TR-909 sounds
  • Large Tempo knob with Tap Tempo button and continuous Fine and Shuffle adjustment knobs
  • Control the intensity of the Accent function with a dedicated knob
  • Per-step reverb and delay effects with dedicated knobs
  • Mix sources connected to the External In jacks with built-in per-step Side Chain function for rhythmic ducking and gating effects
  • Scatter lets you freak and tweak your grooves with real-time control and perfect sync
  • 7 segment, 4 character LED display and 16 per-step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Real-time pattern creation up to 32 steps with on-the-fly step count adjustment
  • Rec/Play modes have been eliminated, enabling seamless switching between step input and real-time pattern making and performance
  • Real-time play of 4 different types of rolls (8th, 16th, VARI 1, VARI 2) and per-instrument mutes
  • Pattern copy and pattern randomization for rapid, spontaneous creativity
  • Two assignable analog outputs and full parallel outputs via USB for total mixing flexibility
The TR-8 is expected to ship in March of this year. Definitive pricing hasn't been announced, but early indications are that it will have a street price of around $499. For more information, visit RolandUS.com.
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