Here’s another Roland TR-808 vs Roland Aira TR-8 comparison, via INHALTVIDEO.
Here’s what they have to say about the comparison:
Here is a head to head comparison between our beloved Roland TR 808 and the brand new Roland Aira TR 8.
I’ve used the TR 808 for close to 12 years on almost every production I’ve been involved with. I know the sound in and out. The AIRA is incredibly close to the original 808 but there are certain differences.
Chiefly I cannot tune the AIRA to my 808, in terms of the cymbals and hi hats. The AIRA seems much higher in pitch. There are more minute differences that when stacked up definitely reveal what’s a real analog workhorse and what is digital but all that aside, Roland have to be commended for this achievement. There are few digital instruments that sound as good as the Aira range and that have the kind of tactile user interface that’s present here.
We recorded the 808 and the TR8 into Pro Tools HD at 96k/24 bit via a Precision 8 mic pre. Each sound was tracked independently and then general levels worked out in Pro Tools. There is no compression or EQ present here at all … these are the machines completely dry. The video starts with non accented versions of the instruments and then moves to accented versions.
Getting the TR-8 to sound like a random 808 is probably an impossible task, given the variation in parts in vintage analog gear and the effects of aging. But check out the comparison and let us know what you think!