Roland today introduced the TR-8S Rhythm Performer, a new drum machine they call ‘the most powerful drum machine ever made’.
The TR-8S features Roland’s iconic TR drum sounds, plus a wide selection of samples from Roland’s vast library. In addition, the TR-8S lets you load your own custom mono and stereo samples.
Here’s the official intro video:
- x0x sounds – Included in the TR-8S are all original sounds from Roland’s classic 808, 909, 707, 727, and 606, as well as modified versions. The sounds are based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB), component-level modeling of the original device’s circuits.
- Samples – The TR-8S also includes a range of effects, tailored to use with percussion. There’s a Master FX knob, for processing the entire kit and a control knob for each channel. Both can be configured with favorite effects parameters for sound shaping on the fly.
- Updated TR Sequencing – The “TR-REC” step sequencer has been enhanced and modernized to be better than ever. Via the 16 TR-REC buttons and velocity-sensitive performance pad, users can develop intricate grooves and build detailed fills with velocity, accents, flams, and adjustable sub-steps. The TR-8S sequencer is able to store 128 patterns, with eight variations and three fills contained in each. These patterns or variations can be triggered individually or chained together for evolving sequences. It’s also now possible to save the tempo and kit assignment (along with knob positions and effect settings) in patterns.
- Flexible connectivity – A stereo mix output is provided, plus six assignable audio outputs that allow individual drum sounds to be processed and mixed externally. There’s also a dedicated trigger output with its own sequencer track, and the assignable outputs can be reconfigured to output trigger signals if desired. Stereo audio inputs are provided as well, enabling users to connect and mix external sound sources. The TR-8S also functions as a multi-channel USB audio/MIDI interface, and supports AIRA Link for interfacing with other AIRA gear.
Here’s an overview of the new Roland TR-8S:
Here’s a look at Roland TR-8S sound design:
This video takes a look at sequencing on the TR-8S:
Pricing and Availability
Pricing and availability are to be announced, but some retailers are showing a street price of US $699/699 Euro. See the Roland site for details.