Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer
Roland TR-8Rhythm Performer builds on the rich history of two iconic drums machines - the TR-808, and the TR-909. Some of the features of the originals have been retained, such as the step-input sequencer and controls over the drum timbres, such as Roland TR-8 pads decay, attack and pitch. The TR-8 is intuitive and easy to use, and you probably won't even need the manual to get creating beats right away. The TR-REC behaviour that gave the TR-808 its feel, and became the benchmark for drum machine rhythm programming, has been modelled down to the last detail.
The TR-8 has per-knob control over the voice envelopes for attack and decay and a master tuning knob as well as the familiar level slider for balancing the drums individually - allowing total control over your beats. The sequencer lets you input rhythms in real time and each of the pads have full colour LEDs which indicate the current status.
The TR-808 kick was known for its trademark subby boom; and the TR-909 kick was revered for its mid-range punch and thud. Each of these circuits was meticulously scrutinised and modelled for the TR-8 using their Roland TR-8 LCD new Analogue Circuit Behaviour technology, ensuring the sound is faithfully re-created to capture the analogue goodness of the originals. Where the TR-8 departs from its predecessors is with the inclusion of a 24bit, 96k effects section which uses delay and reverb and can be applied per step.
The inclusion of an external input means that audio signals can be processed through the effects section. This offers perfect integration with the rest of the units in the range such as the VT-3, or any other hardware. This signal can be side chained on a per step basis, meaning the signal can pump in time with the kick drum.
The TR-8 also includes Scatter, a new performance feature that adds real-time variation in the form of (amongst others) glitch, stutter and reverse, and can be applied to any pattern or external signal input, all matched and in sync with the current tempo. Choose from ten different types of Scatter and adjust the amount or 'depth' of Scatter with a large dial.
The TR-8 connects to a computer via USB to send and receive audio and MIDI data. This allows a great integration with modern computer based DAW workflows, meaning the TR-8 can be used as a hardware VST plugin and can be synced via MIDI clock to use its own intuitive sequencer or it can be sequenced via the DAW sequencer. Audio and MIDI over USB means less cables to mess up your production environment. You can also connect the TR-8 via the stereo outputs and a stereo headphone output is also included.
Build dream kits made up of different instruments from the TR-808 and TR-909.
16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types.
Control the intensity of the Accent function with a dedicated knob.
Per-step Gate Reverb and Delay effects with dedicated, real-time knobs.
Mix sources connected to the external inputs
Built-in Side Chain function creates rhythmic ducking effects on external Inputs with per-step control.
Two assignable analogue outputs and full parallel outputs via USB for total mixing flexibility.
Faithful TR-REC behaviour for pattern creation
Large tempo control knob and a Fine adjustment knob for total tempo control.
16-step sequencer allows you to switch between variations [A] and [B] as well as continuous playback
Scatter lets you freak and tweak your grooves with real-time control and perfect sync
16 per-step pads with bold, full-colour LEDs clearly show the current status
Real-time pattern creation up to 32 steps
Change the pattern step count seamlessly and on the fly
Rec/Play modes have been eliminated enabling seamless pattern making and performance
Seamless switch between step input and playing pads in real-time to create patterns
Real-time play of 4 different types of rolls to suit your beat
Quickly Mute/Unmute individual instruments during performance or production
Shuffle function from original TR-909 now has a knob for continuous real-time control
Pattern randomising function induces creativity and brings spontaneity to live performance
7 segment, 4 character LED display shows the current tempo and has Tap function
Pattern copy makes it easy to create pattern variations
User Drum Kits: 16
User Patterns: 16
Steps per 1 measure: 1 – 16 steps x 2 (Variation A/B)
Tempo: 40 – 300
Instruments & Controls:
Effects and Controls:
Mode: TR-REC, PATTERN SELECT, INST PLAY, INST REC, DRUM KIT SEL, DRUM INST SEL
Controllers: VOLUME knob
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)
USB: Audio, MIDI
Power Supply: AC adaptor
Current Draw: 1,000 mA
Dimensions (WxHxD): 400 x 65 x 260mm; 15-3/4 x 2-9/16 x 10-1/4"
Weight: 1.9 kg; 4 lbs. 4 oz.
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