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Roland TR-08 Sound Module

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The Roland TR-08 is an obsessively detailed and faithful replication of the legendary TR-808—easily the most famous and influential drum machine ever made. After creating a monumental shift in the sou... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-09-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The Roland TR-08 is an obsessively detailed and faithful replication of the legendary TR-808—easily the most famous and influential drum machine ever made. After creating a monumental shift in the sound of music, the “808” has continued to shape and define entire genres. Beloved by musicians and producers the world over, it’s one of the most revered and sought-after electronic musical instruments of all time. The TR-08 brings the look, sound, and feel of the original 808 to the Roland Boutique format. It blends attention to detail and respect for legacy with modern convenience and reliability.

The TR-808 arrived in 1980 to an unsuspecting and somewhat bewildered public. To many at the time, its purely analog sound and range of tweakable parameters didn’t exactly deliver “traditional” drum sounds. It wasn’t until adventurous musicians and producers got their hands on the TR-808 and started tweaking those knobs that the world would fully realize the sonic impact it would leave on music forever.

For the next three decades, the sizzling hi-hats and snappy snare, the robotic, clicky rim shot, the unmistakable cowbell, and yes, that booming bass drum, would be heard on many thousands of tracks. Worldwide hits, underground classic, and entire genres were spawned. Its influence is so deep that it’s been name-dropped in famous tracks, had albums dedicated to it and bands named after it, and even been the subject of a feature-length documentary film.

A New Generation of 808

Time has not diminished the TR-808’s influence. New genres continue to make use of the 808, with some utilizing it as the main instrument and defining sound of the style. Sure, you can use samples of a TR-808, but there’s nothing quite like the real thing. The 808’s user interface with its buttons, knobs, and switches, and the odd quirks of how the sounds interact with each other—they’re all vitally important to conjuring up that real 808 mojo. And you know it when you hear it.

The new TR-08 adds some thoughtful and modern touches to the classic formula. The sequencer has 16 sub-steps per step, so you can create detailed snare fills and intricate, rolling hi-hats. It also has a track- selectable trigger out for working with other instruments like the TB-03, SH-01A, or modular gear. An unobtrusive LED display provides finer control of tempo and shuffle. You can step-program or tap in your parts in real-time without stopping to change modes. Everything sends and receives MIDI control messages and it even supports audio and MIDI over USB.

Portable. Affordable. Authentic.

Original TR-808s are big and heavy, and their rarity makes them extremely expensive and sought-after on the used market. Because of this, many have resorted to 808 sample packs or hardware knockoffs. But there’s something about the colors and controls and, of course, the sound of a genuine TR-808 that brings home the sound of so many classic tracks. The TR-08 accurately recreates the ingredients that make an 808 so special. The interface, while miniaturized, is 100% authentic. The sound is vibrant and alive thanks to our proprietary Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology. We use ACB to carefully recreate all the details and quirks of the original hardware by modeling each analog circuit, right down to the component level.

Not only does the TR-08 look and sound the part, but it also has some modern features and conveniences. With all this beat-making power, it would be a shame to keep it shackled to the studio. After all, inspiration can strike anywhere, and drum machines are fun to play live. The TR-08 is literally small enough to take just about anywhere. It’s ruggedly built with sturdy knobs, buttons, and switches. It has several tilt options for easy viewing in various live and studio scenarios. It can be a low-latency, portable audio interface. It has a built-in speaker, and even runs on batteries for when the beat absolutely must go on. With all this power and flexibility, you may be most surprised by the TR-08’s affordable price, which puts the legendary 808 vibe within reach of just about anyone who’s ever dreamed of owning the iconic original.

FEATURES

  • Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine
  • Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay
  • Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • Sequencer has 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls
  • LED display for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle
  • Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments
  • Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker 
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RolandTR-08 Sound Module
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Good quality (4)
  • Functional (3)

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5.0

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By Dj Dab

from Seattle, WA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

    Video link provided below. Great results from this handy little machine!

     
    5.0

    80s 90s Kid

    By R.O.B.B.

    from brentwood, ca

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Make Beats

      Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

      As a 80s-90s kid... This is a must have. Love It!

       
      5.0

      Love it.

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

      Roland stayed true to the original and it's really pretty close to perfect. It's so much like the original that you can learn to program it by watching videos on YouTube of how to program an 808. Sure beats paying thousands for an original that still may need fixing.

       
      5.0

      So Much Fun - Thank You Roland!

      By Kent

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

      Love it, as I do all the Boutique gear I've purchased. The build quality is great, the sounds are great, and it's so much more fun to play with a physical instrument than to be tied to my computer screen. There seems to be much internet debate over the Boutique line, many people complain about the sound, or the small size, or the fact that they can get a used vintage version or a VST plug-in version...that's fine, folks - go do that. Roland releasing these products does not hinder you in any way. For those of us with fewer (or different) hang-ups, the Boutique series are fun, great-sounding portable instruments with which we can make music - which is, after all, the whole point! If this looks like fun to you, I would heartily recommend purchasing one - I've been having a blast with mine!

       
      5.0

      Longtime 808 Owner, and I'm Loving This!!!

      By Afrika B

      from Bronx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

          Roland duplicated the original 808s look EXACTLY - great job. The sound is very close to the original 808 as well - a little more hifi actually. Although this is not the analog version we would have preferred, it does add some features such as tunability of the bass drum, double sequencing resolution, MIDI, etc, plus hifi sound (I'll be using my eq to make the mids more prominent like the original).

           
          5.0

          TR-08... everything it's hyped up to be and more!

          By Dj Dab

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Roland TR-08 Sound Module:

            Not a bad little digital reproduction. Does not disappoint and not having to lug around an original TR-808 is what it's all about. Can't wait to test separate outs via usb.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was prompt via Guitar Center!

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