Roland TR-8S

Drum Machine

  • With extended functionality
  • ACB technology plus stereo sample import and playback
  • 300 Preloaded samples
  • SD Card slot to import your own mono and stereo samples (WAV, or AIFF)
  • Mixing and layering sounds
  • Drum tracks can consist of pure sample kits, TR sounds, or a mixture of both
  • Percussion tuned effects like delay, reverb, overdrive and filters
  • Real-time pattern creation with up to 32 steps
  • 128 kits
  • 128 patterns, each with eight variations and three different types of fills
  • 8 Analog outputs
  • Trigger track per pattern
  • Multi-channel audio and MIDI interface
  • Headphone output: 6.3 mm
  • 6.3mm (L/Mono, R) Mix Out
  • 6x 6.3 mm Assignable Out
  • 6.3 mm (L, R) input for external sources
  • Trigger output: 3.5mm
  • USB port type B (audio, MIDI)
  • Dimensions: 409 x 263 x 58 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • Including power supply

Further information

Display Yes
Pads 16
Fader(s) 11
Effects Yes
Sampling Function Yes
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
USB Yes
Number of analog outputs 8
Headphone Output Yes

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Stellar!

George Z, 04.04.2018
Truly inspiring and great sounding machine. Very easy to operate out of the box but also allows for quite deep sound design. The ACB sounds are clean and phatt and the included samples are great too. Really easy to tune each sound the way you want it.

Only thing I wish it had sample time stretch so you can easily match sounds and loops to the pattern BPM.
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Egg legend Wollmilchsau?

Adam Sky, 18.03.2018
After a few weeks with the device my personal conclusion to the TR-8S

Per:
- Great sound
- Variety (TR-808, 909, 707, 727, 626, 606 + more sounds included)
- Master FX Rev, Delay synonymous for the external audio in!
- Effects can now be easily adjusted per instrument
- If Auto Save is active, the device will save everything when you turn it off
- Per instrument 1 x FX insert
- Grouping of Instr possible!
- Fader colors are customizable
- 2 + 6 single outputs and separate trigger out with own sequencer track
- Shift + CTRL SELECT immediately calls up the most important parameters (Level, Gain, LFO, Pan etc.)
- Patterns up to 128 steps long + 2 fills + scatters
- As audio interface sample rates between 44.1 to 192 kHz are now possible! Easy to change via Ableton Settings!

Neutral:
- Master CTRL controller has no center grid
- Flashing the cruise control can not be switched off
- Access to SD card from PC only possible if sequencer is available (but is on the medium SD card)
- load many samples from SD card takes a while

con:
- No possibility to preview a sample before selecting it for the selected track
- Pattern & Kit reload have to be searched awkwardly via the utility menu
- Plastic floor pan is not very stable. After I came across it sees little quirks.
- Headphone output can not be controlled separately
- Parameter Locks do not work in isolation, so you always have to lure at least 2 parameters otherwise you will hear the change only once.

******

In any case, a buy recommendation for those who have been waiting for a drum machine with sample playback.

Suitable for studio as well as live ... that does not work with any device!

*****
UPDATE 16.04.18
The fader, kit changer and tap tempo bug have been fixed with the last two updates from Roland!

OS 1.04
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