Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Machine

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TR-8

Rhythm Machine

The TR...Evolved


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. Its the TR...evolved.

Capturing the Originals
  • 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 behaviour, 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 behaviour, including A and B pattern variations and the ability to play instruments and record to steps in real time
TR Evolved
  • 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-colour 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 Lineage

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...

The Sound

In developing the TR-8, Roland has obsessively analysed 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. Its 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.

The Feel

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 behaviour has been faithfully modelled 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.

What is Scatter?

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
Try it...you'll like it!

A Few More Things

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.

Specifications:

-User Drum Kits, 16
-User Patterns, 16
-Steps per 1 measure, 1--16 steps x 2 (Variation A/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 HI-HAT, OPEN HI-HAT, CRASH CYMBAL, RIDE CYMBAL: LEVEL, TUNE, DECAY, INST SELECT
-Effects & 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, INST REC, 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, Presets: 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, 1000 mA
-Dimensions, 400 (W) x 260 (D) x 65 (H) mm (15-3/4 (W) x 10-1/4 (D) x 2-9/16 (H) inches)
- Weight, 1.9 kg (4 lbs 4 oz)
- Accessories,
  • Owner's manual
  • Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
  • AC adaptor


• 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

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If you're looking for something that can give you an 808 and 909, plus expand to the 707 and 727 as a bonus, this is an amazing machine in terms of both sound and flexibility. More powerful and flexible than its predecessors, the TR-8 gives you effects and control over your sound that you didn't get with the previous machines it emulates, while providing you with that familiar interface from it's ancestry! Some will complain about the fact it's not purely analog, but I would defy any of them to pick out the vintage machine in a blind a/b comparison! If you want to produce hip hop, techno, house or other EDM, this is a great way to lay down your beat without spending thousands on each original machines, then wondering if they will be reliable enough to last through a session!!
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The best drum Machine I've ever used5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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I've used a lot of drum machines but so far the Roland TR-8 is the best one I'll ever use
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A great performance Drum Machine5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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It sounds good, it feels good, it's inviting and it inspires creativity and performance.
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A fun, powerful, machine7 of 7 customers found this review helpful

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It does what you would expect it to and a whole lot more. This is an amazing sounding, fun, immediate machine. It has "THOSE" sounds that you love... it has that "drift" to make the groove you love. It's affordable, and it feels sturdy to the touch.
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