Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer is a compact recreation of Roland’s classic TR-808, one of the most influential drum machines ever made. Built with meticulous attention to detail, the TR-08 combines the sound, look, and feel of the TR-808 with enhanced features and modern reliability. And with its affordable price, the TR-08 puts the legendary “808” vibe within reach of anyone who’s ever dreamed of owning the iconic original.


Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine

Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808

Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay

Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments

Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes

Sequencer has 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls

Continue playing beats even while switching between write modes

LED display for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle

Ten separate outputs via USB audio

Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments

High-quality construction with metal front panel

Highly portable for mobile music making

Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing

Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered

Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment

Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories


Type: Drum Composer/Sequencer

Sounds: Bass drum, Snare, Low conga/tom, Mid conga/tom, Hi conga/tom, Claves, Rim shot, Maracas, Hand clap, Cow bell, Cymbal, Hi-ht

Patterns: 16 banks (12 x 16 patterns, 4 x 16 intro/fills

Sequencer: 16-steps, 16 sub-steps

Effects Types: Compression

Pads: 16 x trigger buttons

Analog Inputs: 1 x 1/8″ (mix in)

Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/8″ (output), 1 x 1/8″ (headphones)

MIDI I/O: In/Out

Other I/O: 1 x 1/8″ (trigger out)

USB: 1 x Type Micro-B

Power: 4 x AA bateries / USB bus power

Height: 2.06″

Depth: 5.12″

Width: 12.12″

Weight: 2 lbs. 14 oz.

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