Roland T-8 AIRA Compact Beat Machine

The Roland T-8 is a beat machine allowing you to create infectious tracks in only seconds!  A miniature rhythm factory loaded with legendary Roland TR drums plus bass from the inimitable TB-303.


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Roland T-8 AIRA Compact Beat Machine

The Roland T-8 is a beat machine allowing you to create infectious tracks in only seconds!  A miniature rhythm factory loaded with legendary Roland TR drums plus bass from the inimitable TB-303.

The possibilities are endless with T-8:

  • Craft on-the-fly acid jams or trap bangers with the intuitive 16-step sequencer
  • shape sounds with onboard controls
  • flip and dice beats with hands-on tools that stimulate ideas and put the fun back into your flow


T-8’S Genre-defining Sounds

You can also build beats with the boom, pop, and sizzle of sounds from the TR-808, TR-909, and TR-606 drum machines, paired with the shapeshifting low end of the dynamic TB-303 Bass Line. The T-8 exudes classic Roland character, thanks to the same Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) tech found in the TR-8S, TB-3, and other high-end AIRA gear.

Beat Central

Additionally, loaded with comprehensive I/O, the T-8 is ready to be the rhythmic centerpiece of any electronic music setup. Connect and sync with other AIRA Compacts like the J-6 Chord Synthesizer and E-4 Voice Tweaker. Or interface with computer DAWS, mobile music apps, and hardware instruments via USB-C or MIDI.

Seven Tracks of Inspiration

The T-8 features six drum tracks and one bass track brought together with a friendly interface for fast recording and hands-on tweaks. Capture and fire off 64 patterns with up to 32 steps each, and shape sounds and control parts as you go with an array of dedicated knobs and buttons.

Classic Workflow, Modernized

Backed by the TR-REC step sequencer loved by beatmakers since the 1980s, the T-8 makes it simple to develop ideas without ever stopping the action. Real-time recording, sub steps, and velocity further expand the programming power at your fingers. And with deep features like step loop, pattern shift, and probability, it’s easy to deliver dynamic performances with constantly evolving grooves.

Genuine Lowdown with T-8

What’s more, the T-8 delivers an authentic TB-303 bass experience, including the tactile power to squeeze, squelch, and mangle sounds in the moment. Record notes, accents, and slides with traditional step-based input. Otherwise, play in parts live with the bottom-row buttons or an external MIDI keyboard.

Spicy Effects

Additionally, create grit, space, and vibe with the T-8’s high-quality effects. Dirty up rhythms and bass with some meaty overdrive, and keep the beats pumping with sidechain compression. And with dedicated delay and reverb knobs, you can add all sorts of spatial colors to grooves as you perform.

Everywhere at Once

Finally, instilling big sound in an ultra-compact instrument, the T-8 lets you play and perform wherever and whenever you please. What’s more, the lithium-ion battery keeps you going for up to 4.5 hours per charge. Additionally, the rugged Roland build quality will fuel beatmaking adventures for years to come.

  • Ultra-portable rhythm and bass machine with genuine Roland sounds
  • Six rhythm tracks with sounds from the influential TR-808, TR-909, and TR-606 drum machines
  • Bass track with sawtooth/square waveforms and hands-on controls derived from the TB-303 Bass Line
  • Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology faithfully recreates the tonality and behavior of vintage Roland instruments
  • Classic TR-REC drum sequencer with 64 user patterns and up to 32 steps each
  • Advanced rhythm programming with probability, sub step, last step, and velocity
  • Real-time recording and powerful performance features like step loop, mute, fill, reload, and pattern shift
  • Color and process sounds with delay, reverb, overdrive, and sidechain compression
  • Comprehensive connectivity with audio, MIDI, and sync I/O plus AIRA Link
  • Class-compliant USB-C audio/MIDI interface—no drivers needed
  • Lithium-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of operation per charge
  • Sturdy construction and high-quality rubber pads

User Patterns: 64

Step Sequencer:

  • Rhythm instrument parts x 6
  • Bass part x 1
  • 32 steps

INST Tone: Bass drums, snare drum

Effects: Delay, reverb, overdrive, side-chain

Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)


SYNC (IN, OUT) jacks: Mini phone type
MIX (IN, OUT) / PHONES jacks: Stereo mini phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: Stereo mini phone type
USB port: USB Type-C® (Audio, MIDI)

Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, obtained via USB port (USB bus power)

Current Draw: 500 mA

Expected battery life: Approx. 4.5 hours

Expected battery charging time: Approx. 3 hours

Dimensions: 188 (W) x 106 (D) x 36.2 (H) mm

Weight: 310g

Accessories: Leaflet, USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.