Roland Updates TR Drum Machines

Roland let us know that they’ve released firmware updates for their TR drum machines, adding TR-SYNC, which lets you automatically synchronize your drum machine with Serato DJ Pro.

The updated machines include the TR-08, TR-09, TR-8 & TR-8S.

Here’s a preview of how this works:

Here’s what they have to say about it:

The Serato x Roland TR-SYNC update brings the power of Roland’s iconic drum machines to your DJ setup. Simply connect your Roland TR drum machine to Serato DJ Pro and they’ll sync to the same BPM.

The updates are free downloads from the Roland site.

15 thoughts on “Roland Updates TR Drum Machines

  1. I’m surprised if Serato doesn’t already support a MIDI clock in some fashion. Are DJs separate from MIDI implementations typically?

  2. Of all the upgrades Roland could have released, this is perhaps the most obscure and pointless for 99.9% of their user base.

  3. I don’t get it. Roland drum machines require a firmware update to slave to MIDI?

    Is there something going on here that can’t be done with plain vanilla MIDI?

      1. + 100000000000000000000000000000000000

        This update is compatible with all non-Roland devices, such as
        * Using this functionality requires a DJ controller compatible with Serato DJ Pro.
        * The Roland DJ-202, DJ-505, and DJ-808 cannot be used as the DJ controller.

  4. has the tr8s a song mode? never read about it. after the demise of ikutar? kakehashi, roland went down the road of *performance* only (aira). no gear for actual *production* anymore (mc909, mc808, mv8800). for comparison: look what inmusic/akai did with the foce: the return of the standalone groovebox. roland people should be ashamed of themselves.

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