Roland today has introduced three new instruments in its TR drum machine family.
- The TR-6S Rhythm Performer is based on their flagship TR-8S, but in a compact and more affordable form factor.
- The TR-06 Drumatix is the latest addition to the Roland Boutique series, combining the sounds and workflow of the ‘80s-era TR-606 hardware with modern enhancements.
- Finally, the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer expands Roland Cloud’s ‘Legendary’ series with another classic TR instrument.
Here’s the details on each:
TR-6S Rhythm Performer
The TR-6S delivers the same sound of its bigger sibling, along with a six-track sequencer, in a portable, battery-powered box.
Recreations of Roland drum machines like the 808, 909, 707, 606 and more are included, and users can mix and match them with preset and custom samples and FM tones to create hybrid kits.
The TR-6S is a high-quality USB audio/MIDI interface, too.
The TR-06 is a modern take on the Roland TR-606 Drumatix from the 1980s, in Roland’s ‘Boutique’ format.
Here’s what Roland has to say about the new TR-06 drum machine:
This new Roland Boutique version captures the distinctive tone and iconic look of the original while reimagining it with bold new sound-crafting potential. Users can control tuning, decay, and pan for each instrument, or crank up the internal gain for each circuit model and push it into warm overdrive or aggressive distortion. An onboard compressor adds fullness and punch, while the tempo delay creates depth and space.
Like the original, the TR-06 has a familiar and straightforward step sequencer. But now it’s been updated with advanced features like sub-steps for ratcheted parts, step-loop for instant pattern slicing, and more. With five trigger outputs and a trigger input, the TR-06 integrates nicely with modular setups.
The Rolanbd TR-06 is also a high-quality USB audio interface, and features battery operation and a built-in speaker, so it can be used for beatmaking anywhere.
TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer
For musicians that prefer to work ‘in the box’, the sound of the classic TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer is also now available as a plug-in for DAW music production.
The software version has the same sound and behavior of the original, plus new features that virtually modify the circuitry for more sound choices and faster programming.
Like the TR-06 hardware, the TR-606 plug-in offers tuning, decay, and pan on each instrument and the ability to overdrive the internal circuitry. The step sequencer has been expanded with lanes for each sound, and each pattern has eight variations plus adjustable flams, sub-steps, and soft hits.
Users can also pair the TR-8S or TR-06 with the TR-606 for hardware and software integration. Patterns can be shared between the TR-8S and TR-606, and the TR-06’s knobs are pre-mapped to the plug-in for intuitive, hands-on workflow.
The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer, along with all instruments in the Legendary series, is included with the Ultimate membership level of Roland Cloud.
Availability & Pricing
The TR-6S will be available for $399.99 in November 2020 and the TR-06 will be available for $399.99 in late October 2020.
The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer is available now via Roland Cloud.
See the Roland site for more information.