The Roland Aira TR-8 drum machine twice as interesting. Roland has announced the 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion pack, a new add-on for the TR-8 that adds two new drum machine sound libraries – TR-707 and TR-727.
All 30 original TR-707 and TR-727 sounds are there – each with Tune and Decay controls – opening up a whole world of sonic possibilities.
And, in addition to the TR-707 and TR-727 sounds, the 7X7 expansion includes new sounds inspired by the original 808/909 designs:
- New TR-808 “noise” sounds and finger snaps bring more tonal variety; and
- Modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds take the classic combo into new territory with enhanced attack characteristics.
The ‘Most Advanced Roland Drum Machine Ever’
Once expanded with the 7X7, your TR-8 can have all the sounds of a TR-707, 727, 808, 909 and more – color-coded by kit for easy selection. The combination of the eight stage flam of the TR-909 and versatile accent behavior of the TR-707 give you new options for manipulating the feel of a groove that were beyond the original boxes. Any step can have a weak or strong hit, a weak or strong accent, an adjustable flam, step based effects and side chain.
All the sounds and behaviors of four iconic TR drum machines, plus the TR-8’s own dynamic swing, rolls, playable faders, and across-the-board tune and decay controls make the TR-8, according to Roland, ‘the most advanced Roland drum machine we’ve ever built.’
Here’s the official video demo:
- Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers, faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry.
- Analog Circuit Behavior captures the unmistakable sound of the original units—a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design.
- Newly modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds with enhanced attack characteristics.
- Five new TR-808 sounds including Noise Toms, Noise Clap and Finger Snaps.
- Unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent.
- Upgrades the TR-8 to have all the sounds and articulations of four iconic TR drum machines, plus all new sounds, in one performance-ready instrument.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the new 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion:
The Roland 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion is priced at US $95 and will be available Dec 19, 2014. See the Roland site for details.
Check out the details and demos and let us know what you think of an expanded TR8, offering 707, 727, 808, 909 sounds and more in a hardware drum machine!