Roland TR-8
Performance Drum Machine

OUR PART #  AIRA-TR8


Roland's TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.

Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, they’ve helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From rap and house to techno and trance, the TR-808 and TR-909 have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music. Roll the drums…

In developing the TR-8, Roland obsessively analyzed and faithfully recreated every detail and nuance of the analog circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines—the boom and snap of the 808; the thud of the 909; the robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here. But not content with mere recreations, they’ve enhanced these classic instruments with capabilities that go far beyond the original units.

Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument, and the Bass Drum and Snare Drum have additional controls such as Attack, Snappy, and Comp. This allows for a wide variety of tones, from subtle ambient percussion to pounding dance grooves. Per-step effects and the massively addictive Scatter function take things into entirely new territory.

With the authentic tone and character of the original units and new sound-tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, the TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.

Make no mistake—the TR-8 has been carefully designed from the ground up as an instrument to be played. Every control has a solid, predictable feel, with each drum instrument having robust, “playable” faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB buttons give both real-time performance feedback and a striking appearance on stage.

Pattern creation is creative and intuitive using an evolved version of the TR-REC method, which originated in the TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programming. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behavior has been faithfully modeled in the TR-8. But the TR-8 goes well beyond the original, allowing you to seamlessly switch between programming and performance modes, and to introduce lots of groovy rhythmic variations from subtle snare fills to total glitch meltdowns.

Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed real-time control over variations in your patterns and any incoming external input signal. Scatter can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter, and perform all manner of rhythmic variations from subtle to extreme, and all in perfect sync. Pick from 10 different types of Scatter and smoothly adjust the intensity—or “Scatter Depth”—with the large, comfortable dial. Seamlessly switch between Scatter patterns and quickly toggle Scatter on/off for cool variations when and where you want them.

The TR-8 looks great and is designed to work seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series. In addition, you can connect the TR-8 to your computer via USB to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information for syncing with external devices and other AIRA units.

Roland TR8 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 tonalityand behavior, including the smooth variations of tone that occur when you work the controls of each instrument
  • Obsessive attention to detail, such as reproducing the original TR’s 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

Roland TR8 Specifications:

  • User Drum Kits: 16
  • User Patterns: 16
  • Steps per 1 measure: 1 – 16 steps x 2 (VariationA/B)
  • Tempo: 40 – 300
  • Instruments & Controls:
    • BASS DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, ATTACK, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECT
    • SNARE DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, SNAPPY, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECT
    • LOW TOM, MID TOM, HIGH TOM, RIM SHOT, HAND CLAP, CLOSED HIHAT, OPEN HIHAT, CRASH CYMBAL, RIDE CYMBAL: LEVEL, TUNE, DECAY, INST SELECT
  • Effects and Controls:
    • ACCENT: LEVEL, STEP
    • REVERB: LEVEL, TIME, GATE, STEP
    • DELAY: LEVEL, TIME, FEEDBACK, STEP
    • EXTERNAL IN: LEVEL, SIDE CHAIN, STEP
  • Mode: TR-REC, PATTERN SELECT, INST PLAY, INSTREC, DRUM KIT SEL, DRUM INST SEL
  • Controllers:
    • VOLUME knob
    • SCATTER knob
    • TEMPO knob
    • FINE knob
    • SHUFFLE knob
    • PADS: 16
    • MODE buttons: 6
    • CLEAR button
    • VARIATION buttons: A, B
    • SCALE button
    • LAST STEP button
    • START/STOP button
    • SCATTER ON button
    • SCATTER DEPTH button
    • TAP button
    • Power Switch (Rear)
  • Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
  • Effects: REVERB, DELAY, SIDE CHAIN
  • Scatter: Types: 10
  • Nominal Input Level: -10 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 100 k ohms
  • Nominal Output Level: 10/+4 dBu (Selectable)
  • Output Impedance:
    • MIX OUT, ASSIGNABLE OUT: 1 k ohm
    • PHONES: 130 ohms
  • Connectors:
    • PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone type
    • MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • ASSIGNABLE OUT (A, B) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • EXTERNAL IN (L, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
    • DC IN jack
  • USB: Audio, MIDI
  • Power Supply: AC adaptor
  • Current Draw: 1,000 mA
  • Accessories:
    • Owner's manual
    • Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
    • AC adaptor
  • Size and Weight:
    • Width:
      • 400 mm
      • 15-3/4 inches
    • Depth:
      • 260 mm
      • 10-1/4 inches
    • Height:
      • 65 mm
      • 2-9/16 inches
    • Weight:
      • 1.9 kg
      • 4 lbs. 4 oz.
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Roland's AIRA product line consists of:

SYSTEM-1: Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound. In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

TB-3: Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play. The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.

TR-8: The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.

VT-3: Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live has been a challenge—until now. With the VT-3 Voice Transformer, you can smoothly alter pitch and formant in real time to introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and stage performances with zero hassle. On top of that, the VT-3 looks great and works seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series.


 

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