Reader Thomas Nylund shared this demo of using a Roland TR-8 with custom samples and Ableton Live.
“Ever wanted to use custom samples on your Roland Aira TR-8?” asks Nylund. “All you need is your machine at hand, a usb cable, and Ableton Live.”
Nyland’s solution is basically a custom MIDI mapping for Ableton. He set up a drum rack and mapped all the sliders and knobs accordingly. Make sure to drop your samples inside the Simpler presets on the waveform in the drum rack and NOT DIRECTLY TO A DRUM PAD, or you will erase the custom MIDI mapping.
“Even more fun will ensue if you’ve got an audio interface with multiple outputs handy,” he adds. “Scatter your brains out with your custom samples, using the built-in scatter effects. Simply assign a pair of stereo-outs to your external inputs, then route all the internal drum sounds to one of the assignable outputs instead of the regular L/R outputs. Then you just route the audio out through the Aira and back in, and voila, amygdala-tickling sound effects that would put even the death stars lasers to shame!”
Nylund has shared his work as a free download via Tinyupload.
If you give it a try, let us know how it works for you!