Roland has introduced TR-8S Version 2.0, a free firmware update for its flagship drum machine.
They say the Version 2.0 update makes the TR-8S “the most complete drum machine ever”. The update adds an FM synthesis engine with Morph control, expanded performance effects, and reload functions to speed up workflow.
Here’s the official intro video:
Here’s what they have to say about TR-8S V2.0:
“The newly added FM synthesis engine delivers an array of futuristic tone colors, including silvery metallic hits and other harmonically rich percussion sounds. Users can sweep through sonic variations with the ultra-expressive Morph control, wildly manipulating FM depth, ratio, and feedback with simple knob movements. FM sounds can be freely blended with classic TR sounds and custom samples, paving the way to never-before-heard grooves.
The TR-8S includes many percussion-tuned effects for enhancing individual sounds or entire kits with character, depth, and space. Version 2.0 adds Saturator, Freq Shift, Ring Mod, and Spread effects to the mix, which can be assigned to control knobs for shaping sounds on the fly.
Version 2.0 also adds many reload functions that restore pattern and kit elements to their stored states with quick actions, providing exciting new ways to manipulate beats while creating sounds and performing live.”
TR-8S Version 2.0 is a free update from the Roland site.
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