Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer Drum Machine


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The Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer is a drum machine that combines the best of the Roland heritage, with modern production techniques. Resulting in a forward-thinking, performance-tuned instrument unlike any other.

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Roland TR-8S

The Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer is a drum machine that combines the best of the Roland heritage, with modern production techniques. Resulting in a forward-thinking, performance-tuned instrument unlike any other. Allowing you to build your dream drum kit from the most iconic sounds of all time. Plus, you have access to the finest selection of samples within a vast library. Alternatively, you can import your own custom samples. Then tap, tune and tweak them to your heart’s content with hands-on controls to make your patterns move and groove.

Design Kits with Authentic TR Drums, Sampled Sounds, and Effects

Most notably, the Roland TR-8S comes loaded with the largest and most authentic collection of TR drum machines available. Equipped with a powerful new processor, giving you a whole new level of detail and nuance. Resulting in that classic Roland boom bap, snap, and sizzle. And now you can incorporate preset and custom samples, creating unique hybrid and layered kits. Then enhance them with specialized effects that inject professional sound design into the TR formula.

Transistor Rhythms

Including every sound from the most sought-after TR drum machines. With detailed circuit-models of the 808, 606, 909, 707, 727, and even several modified versions. These are not sound-alike sample-packs or mere recordings of TR drum sounds. Each TR-8S is a detailed, down-to-the-circuit-model, sounding and performing exactly like the original hardware. All these sounds are yours, at your fingertips, and ready to use in your own productions and performances.

ACB Meets Samples

Today’s rhythm tracks require a diverse set of sounds and production techniques, and it’s harder than ever to sound truly unique. While authentic TR sounds are vital for producing drum tracks, mixing and layering sounds opens a world of possibilities. Create new modern styles and craft your own signature sound with the TR-8S. With the option to pull from the preset drums, or import your own mono or stereo sounds with the SD card slot. Like the TR sounds, you can deeply manipulate samples with immediate hands-on control. Adjust decay and tuning and alter sample start points, speed, and direction. You can create a kit entirely from samples or mix and match with TR sounds for genre-defying drum tracks that demand attention.

Drumatic Effects

You can’t deny that the right effects can make a drum hit stand out by creating depth and space. Whether it’s delay on a rim-shot, overdrive on a kick, filters on toms and cymbals, or just the right amount of reverb on select instruments. Roland’s TR-8S has percussion-tuned effects that simply sound great. In addition to the Master FX knob, each channel has a customizable CTRL knob, placing all this sound-shaping power within easy reach. While the attack of the kick, the snap of the snare, phaser depth, distortion amount – or whatever parameter you need direct and immediate access to, can be assigned to the CTRL knob or Master FX knob and saved with the kit. Both Instrument and Master Effects, along with their precise settings, are also saved with each kit, making your productions always performance-ready.

  • Equipped with the largest, most authentic collection of TR drum machine sounds available
  • Analog Circuit Behavior technology provides component-to-component modeling for unrivaled authenticity
  • Supports WAV and AIFF samples via SD card slot for layering your own creations with classic TR sounds
  • Contains 81 ACB tones and 150 factory samples
  • Supports up to 600 seconds total time for all samples at 44.1kHz, a single sample can be up to 180 seconds
  • Step sequencer controls 11 instrument parts and 1 exclusive part for the trigger output (1/8″ output)
  • Lock parameter values for any sequence step for subtle or extreme variations
  • Each pattern offers 3 fill types and 8 pattern variations for big performance potential
  • Program a new pattern while the existing one loops for smoother live improvisation
  • Built-in audio interface allows you to multitrack directly to your DAW
  • 8 analog audio outputs allow you to route your sounds separately for recording or processing
  • Control the intensity of the Accent function in real time for dynamic grooves
  • Enter steps manually or record your drums in real time to create grooves on the fly
  • Original TR-REC behavior provides an authentic TR series programming experience
  • 16 backlit per-step pads make pattern creation easy (supports up to 32-step patterns)
  • Dedicated Tempo controls and TR-909 Shuffle control lets you create beats that pulse and groove naturally
  • Solid MIDI clock sync provides tight timing with external gear, such as the rest of the AIRA series

Type: Drum Machine/Step Sequencer with Sample import

Sounds: 300 preset samples, ACB tones

Kits: 128

Patterns: 128 patterns, 8 variations per pattern

Sequencer: 16 step sequencer

Sampler: Import/playback (WAV, AIFF)

Effects Types: Reverb, Delay, Compressor, Phaser, Flanger, Overdrive, Distortion, HPF, LPF

Pads: 16 x TR-REC buttons, 1 x velocity-sensitive performance pad

Analog Inputs: 2 x 1/4″

Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (mix out), 1 x 1/4″ (headphones)

MIDI I/O: In/Out

Other I/O: 1 x 1/8″ (trigger out), 6 x 1/4″ (assignable out/trigger out)

USB: 1 x Type B

Storage: SD/SDHC card (backup, restore, import)

Power: Roland AC adapter power supply (included)

Dimensions: 409 x 263 x 58 mm

Weight: 2.1 kg

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