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      Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer (J06598)
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Two iconic groove machines, combined into one rhythmically enhanced instrument.

The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. A product of the 80’s, both the TR-808 and the TR-909 have since become two of the most highly-respected, classic groove boxes that have produced some of the most influential drum sounds in modern music.

Since the 1980’s the sounds of the TR-808 and the TR-909 have appeared on thousands of dances tracks over the last three decades, and have helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From Rap and House to Techno and Trance – these two drum machines have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music, and now they’re together, as one cohesive drum machine, the TR-8 Rhythm Performer.


The Sound
Roland has obsessively analyzed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analog circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines. The iconic boom and snap of the 808, the classic thud of the 909, the robotic click of an 808 rim shot, or a classic 909 snare roll, it’s all here.

The TR-8 is more than a recreation of theses legendary machines though, they’ve been completely enhanced with capabilities that reach far beyond what the original units are capable of.

Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument and the Bass and Snare drum modules have dedicated “Attack” and “Comp” knobs allowing for a great variety of tones – from subtle ambient percussion to pounding dance grooves. Per-step effects and the massively addictive “Scatter” function take things into entirely new territory.

With the authentic tone and character of the original units and with enhanced sound tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, the TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.


The Feel
Make no mistake - the TR-8 is an instrument, carefully designed from the ground-up, to be played. Every control has a solid, predictable feel with each drum instrument having robust, “playable” faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB-lit buttons give real-time performance feedback and a striking appearance on stage.

Pattern creation is creative and intuitive using an evolved version of the TR-REC method, which originated in the TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programing. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behavior has been faithfully modeled in the TR-8. But the TR-8 goes well beyond the original, allowing you to seamlessly switch between programming and performance modes and to introduce lots of groovy rhythmic variations – from subtle snare fills to total glitch meltdowns.


What is Scatter?
Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed realtime control over variations in your patterns and any incoming external input signal. With Scatter you can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter and perform all manner of rhythmic variations - from subtle to extreme - and all in perfect sync. Pick from 10 different types of Scatter and smoothly adjust the intensity or “Scatter Depth” with the large comfortable dial, and switch between Scatter patterns and quickly turn Scatter on and off for cool variations when and where you want them.

Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer Features:

  • Full reproduction of the original TR-808 and TR-909
    Build dream kits made up of different instruments from the TR-808 and TR-909
    16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types
    Control Accent function intensity with a dedicated knob
    Per-step Gate Reverb and Delay effects with dedicated, realtime knobs
    Mix sources connected to the External Inputs
    Create rhythmic ducking effects with built-in Side Chain function
    2 assignable analog outputs and full parallel outputs via USB
    Scatter lets you tweak your grooves with realtime control and perfect sync
    16 per-step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
    Realtime pattern creation up to 32 steps
    Change the pattern step count seamlessly and on the fly
    Realtime play of 4 different types of rolls to suit your beat
    Integrates seamlessly with other AIRA series products


Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer Specifications:

  • User Drum Kits: 16
    User Patterns: 16
    Steps per 1 measure: 1 – 16 steps x 2 (Variation A/B)
    Tempo: 40 – 300

    Instruments & Controls
    BASS DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, ATTACK, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECT
    SNARE DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, SNAPPY, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECT
    LOW TOM, MID TOM, HIGH TOM, RIM SHOT, HAND CLAP, CLOSED HIHAT, OPEN HIHAT, CRASH CYMBAL, RIDE CYMBAL: LEVEL, TUNE, DECAY, INST SELECT

    Effects and Controls
    ACCENT: LEVEL, STEP
    REVERB: LEVEL, TIME, GATE, STEP
    DELAY: LEVEL, TIME, FEEDBACK, STEP
    EXTERNAL IN: LEVEL, SIDE CHAIN, STEP

    Mode
    TR-REC, PATTERN SELECT, INST PLAY, INST REC, DRUM KIT SEL, DRUM INST SEL

    Controllers
    VOLUME knob
    SCATTER knob
    TEMPO knob
    FINE knob
    SHUFFLE knob
    PADS: 16
    MODE buttons: 6
    CLEAR button
    VARIATION buttons: A, B
    SCALE button
    LAST STEP button
    START/STOP button
    SCATTER ON button
    SCATTER DEPTH button
    TAP button
    Power Switch (Rear)

    Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
    Effects: REVERB, DELAY, SIDE CHAIN
    Scatter: Types = 10
    Nominal Input Level: -10 dBu
    Input Impedance: 100 k ohms
    Nominal Output Level: -10/+4 dBu (Selectable)

    Output Impedance
    MIX OUT, ASSIGNABLE OUT: 1 k ohm
    PHONES: 130 ohms

    Connectors
    PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone type
    MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    ASSIGNABLE OUT (A, B) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    EXTERNAL IN (L, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
    DC IN jack

    USB: Audio, MIDI
    Power Supply: AC adaptor
    Current Draw: 1,000 mA

    Accessories
    Owner's manual
    Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
    AC adaptor

    Size and Weight
    Width (W)400 mm15-3/4 inches
    Depth (D)260 mm10-1/4 inches
    Height (H)65 mm2-9/16 inches
    Weight 1.9 kg4 lbs. 4 oz.


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  • Sounds amazing

    As reviewed by Daniel on 6/18/2014

    Roland hit a home run with their new line Aira. I recently purchased the TR-8 and am very happy. Sounds great very fun and easy to play. Works great as a performance instrument and also fits nicely in the studio. USB synced it up perfectly to Ableton. If you like producing hip hop, electro or house music, or want an excellent drum machine for your live show, the TR-8 is worth taking a closer look at.

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