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Introducing Roland AIRA Compact | T-8 Beat Machine, J-6 Chord Synthesizer, E-4 Voice Tweakerplay button

Introducing Roland AIRA Compact | T-8 Beat Machine, J-6 Chord Synthesizer, E-4 Voice Tweaker

Getting to Know Roland AIRA Compact Seriesplay button

Getting to Know Roland AIRA Compact Series


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The Roland Aira Compact T-8 Beat Machine puts legendary TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303 sounds in your pocket. Powered by Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior technology, the T-8 provides six drum tracks and one bass track loaded with the boom, pop and sizzle that shaped music history. It's a miniature rhythm factory enabling you to craft acid jams, trap bangers and more with an intuitive 16-step sequencer and hands-on controls to stimulate ideas.

Genre-Defining Sounds

Build the foundation of your beats with sounds from the TR-808, TR-909, TR-606 drum machines and TB-303 Bass Line. The T-8 delivers the classic character of these Roland icons through the same Analog Circuit Behavior technology found in the TR-8S, TB-3 and other professional AIRA gear.

Beat Central

Comprehensive I/O makes the Compact T-8 the rhythmic centerpiece of any electronic music setup. Connect and sync with other AIRA Compacts like the J-6 Chord Synthesizer and E-4 Voice Tweaker. Or interface with DAWs, mobile apps and hardware via USB-C or MIDI.

Seven Tracks of Inspiration

Six drum tracks and one bass track come together in a player-friendly interface for fast recording and sound shaping. Capture and trigger 64 patterns of up to 32 steps each. Shape sounds and control parts with dedicated knobs and buttons as you create.

Classic Workflow, Modernized

Powered by Roland's legendary TR-REC step sequencer, the Compact T-8 Beat Machine makes it simple to develop ideas without stopping the music. Real-time recording, sub-steps and velocity provide expanded programming power at your fingertips. Advanced features like step loop, pattern shift and probability deliver dynamic performances with constantly evolving grooves.

Roland AIRA Compact T-8 Beat Machine
Roland AIRA Compact T-8 Beat Machine
Roland AIRA Compact T-8 Beat Machine

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  • Ultraportable rhythm and bass machine with genuine Roland sounds
  • Six rhythm tracks with sounds from the influential TR-808, TR-909 and TR-606 drum machines
  • Bass track with sawtooth/square waveforms and hands-on controls derived from the TB-303 Bass Line
  • Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology faithfully recreates the tonality and behavior of vintage Roland instruments
  • Classic TR-REC drum sequencer with 64 user patterns and up to 32 steps each
  • Advanced rhythm programming with probability, sub step, last step and velocity
  • Real-time recording and powerful performance features like step loop, mute, fill, reload and pattern shift
  • Color and process sounds with delay, reverb, overdrive and side-chain compression
  • Comprehensive connectivity with audio, MIDI and sync I/O plus AIRA Link
  • Class-compliant USB-C audio/MIDI interface—no drivers needed
  • Lithium-ion battery with up to 4.5 hours of operation per charge
  • Sturdy construction and high-quality rubber pads
  • Connect to other AIRA Compacts and standard MIDI devices with optional BOSS TRS MIDI cables

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  • User Patterns: 64
  • Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
Step Sequencer
  • Rhythm instrument parts: 6
  • Bass part: 1
  • Steps: 32
  • SYNC (IN, OUT) jacks: Miniature phone type
  • MIX (IN, OUT)/PHONES jacks: Stereo miniature phone type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: Stereo miniature phone type
  • USB port: USB Type-C (audio, MIDI)
  • Power supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, powered via USB port
  • Current draw: 500mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Approx. 4.5 hours
  • Expected battery charging time: Approx. 3 hours
  • *To charge, use a USB port of a computer or a USB power supply adaptor (5V, 500mA or higher)
Dimensions and Weight
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 7-7/16" x 4-3/16" x 1-7/16"
  • Weight (including batteries): 11 oz.
  • Leaflet
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable

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