Roland TR08 Drum Machine
Roland TR-08 Boutique Rhythm Composer, ACB Technology, Expanded Functionality, LED Diplay, Includes DK-01 Dock
By DPD On 22nd Oct 2018
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Booming Back At Ya! The Classic Drum Machine Returns
The TR-808 is probably the most influential drum machine (sorry, Rhythm Composer) of all time, released in 1980 to a public that didnt quite understand, indeed the "realistic sounds" that the original advert promised were almost the polar opposite to what came out of the unit. It was a commercial flop, selling only 12,000 units worldwide.
No other drum set is quite so identifiable and has so many recognisable tones, from the ultra fizzy hi-hats, the cow bell, the ultra snappy snare and of course the booming kick all creating a soundscape that the world had heard nothing else like at the time. It's had bands named after it, it's own documentary film, even spawning a bootleg range of cushion covers!
Now it's back and it's smaller, but the functionality is through the roof with Midi Control of every parameter and syncronisation, the sequencer has the ability to do even faster runs and its even got its own audio interface built in via USB.
But sonically its exactly what you expect, with Roland describing it as being "obsessively" modelled from the original unit, using thier ACB technology.
One of Roland's earliest electronic units, The electronic music pioneers took it to thier hearts long after it had been discontinued, with it now being the cornerstone of multiple musical genres, from classic Chicago House to modern Trap. . Sure, you can use samples of a TR-808, but there's nothing quite like the real thing. The 808's user interface with its buttons, knobs, and switches, and the odd quirks of how the sounds interact with each other-they're all vitally important to conjuring up that real 808 mojo. And you know it when you hear it.
The new TR-08 adds some thoughtful and modern touches to the classic formula. The sequencer has 16 sub-steps per step, so you can create detailed snare fills and intricate, rolling hi-hats. It also has a track-selectable trigger out for working with other instruments like the TB-03, SH-01A, or modular gear. An unobtrusive LED display provides finer control of tempo and shuffle. You can step-program or tap in your parts in real-time without stopping to change modes. Everything sends and receives MIDI control messages and it even supports audio and MIDI over USB.
Portable. Affordable. Authentic
Original TR-808s are big and heavy, and their rarity makes them extremely expensive and sought-after on the used market. Because of this, many have resorted to 808 sample packs or hardware knockoffs. But there's something about the colors and controls and, of course, the sound of a genuine TR-808 that brings home the sound of so many classic tracks. The TR-08 accurately recreates the ingredients that make an 808 so special. The interface, while miniaturized, is 100% authentic. The sound is vibrant and alive thanks to our proprietary Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology. We use ACB to carefully recreate all the details and quirks of the original hardware by modeling each analog circuit, right down to the component level.
Not only does the TR-08 look and sound the part, but it also has some modern features and conveniences. With all this beat-making power, it would be a shame to keep it shackled to the studio. After all, inspiration can strike anywhere, and drum machines are fun to play live. The TR-08 is literally small enough to take just about anywhere. It's ruggedly built with sturdy knobs, buttons, and switches. It has several tilt options for easy viewing in various live and studio scenarios. It can be a low-latency, portable audio interface. It has a built-in speaker, and even runs on batteries for when the beat absolutely must go on. With all this power and flexibility, you may be most surprised by the TR-08's affordable price, which puts the legendary 808 vibe within reach of just about anyone who's ever dreamed of owning the iconic original.
• 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
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|Dimensions (mm)||308 x 51 x 130 (WxHxD)|
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