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Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer Drum Machine

Perform with Roland's classic drum machine sounds, plus add your own samples! The TR-8S gives you a redesigned sequencer, performance pad, multi-FX and more. Rate and review this product
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Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Born of the most famous and influential drum machines ever made, the TR-8S combines the best of its Roland heritage with modern production techniques and professional sound design. The result? A forward-thinking, performance-tuned instrument unlike any other. Build your dream kit from the most iconic drum sounds of all time, plus the finest selection of stereo samples from a vast sound library -- or import your own custom samples. Tap, tune and tweak with hands-on controls and production tools that make your patterns move and groove. And why keep this kind of percussive power confined to the studio? The TR-8S was literally made to play live.

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Transistor Rhythms

The TR-8S has every sound from the most sought-after TR drum machines, with detailed circuit-models of the 808, 606, 909, 707, 727, 626 and even several modified versions. These are not sound-alike sample-packs or mere recordings of TR drum sounds. Each machine is a detailed, down-to-the-circuit-model that sounds and behaves exactly like the original hardware. All these sounds are yours, at your fingertips, and ready to use in your own productions and performances.

ACB Meets Samples

Today's rhythm tracks require a diverse set of sounds and production techniques, and it's harder than ever to sound truly unique. While authentic TR sounds are vital for producing drum tracks, mixing and layering sounds opens a world of modern styles and the exciting potential to craft your own signature sound. Pull from the extensive collection of preset stereo samples or import your own using the SD card slot. Like the TR sounds, you can deeply manipulate samples with immediate hands-on control. Adjust decay and tuning and alter sample start points, speed, and direction. You can create a kit entirely from samples or mix and match with TR sounds for genre-defying drum tracks that demand attention.

Fast, Fluid, and Fun

You can program on the 16 TR-REC buttons or use the velocity-sensitive performance pad to play live, or record into the sequencer. And you can move seamlessly between either, playing and editing - reshaping your drum parts without ever interrupting your flow. Create intricate grooves and detailed fills using velocity, accents, flams, and adjustable sub-steps for modern rolls and ratcheting. Get experimental with unusual polyrhythms and complex meters by adjusting the length or "last step" of each drum part.

Variations on a Theme

Keep things fresh and exciting, even during extended live sets. The TR-8S can store 128 patterns -- each with eight variations and three kinds of fills -- and patterns and variations can be played or chained in any order. In performance situations, you can copy patterns on the fly and even stay ahead of the beat and work on patterns that aren't currently playing. Each pattern can include the kit, knob positions, effect settings, and tempo, providing instant recall and enough storage and flexibility to play an entire set without ever repeating a measure in the same way.

In Motion

Professional sounding drum tracks require detailed production techniques. The TR-8S not only makes crafting this detail possible, it makes it fast and fun. Locking parameters to steps or recording motion into patterns can give you everything from subtle movements to dramatic tonal shifts. Automate bass drum tuning, snare pitch, panning, effects...whatever you want. You can create melodies and bass lines, or change the sound of a kit for different song sections. Motion recording is immediate and effortless, and motion playback can be instantly enabled or disabled.

Eight Analog Outputs

Like some of its famous siblings, the TR-8S has eight separate analog outputs, so you can process individual drum sounds through external effects or send them into separate channels of your mixer or DAW. Take control of your sound and decide which instruments or groups are sent to which outputs. And whatever you choose, know that the TR-8S sounds big.

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- User Drum Kit: 128
- User Patterns: 128
- Step Sequencer:
- 11 instrument parts and 1 exclusive part for trigger out
- 16 steps per 1 measure
- 8 (A - H) variations per 1 pattern
- 2 Fill-in patterns per 1 pattern
- NST tone: Tone can be assigned to each 11 instrument parts freely
- BASS DRUM: 11 ACB tones
- SNARE DRUM: 8 ACB tones
- TOM: 15 ACB tones
- RIM SHOT: 3 ACB tones
- HAND CLAP: 5 ACB tones
- HI HAT: 8 ACB tones
- CYMBAL: 8 ACB tones
- PERCUSSION: 23 ACB tones
- PRESET SAMPLE: 150 tones or greater
- USER SAMPLE (imported form SD CARD for playback): Available format: WAV, AIFF
- Total time for all samples: Approximately 600sec (at 44.1kHz, mono)
* The maximum length of a single audio file that can be imported is approximately 180 seconds (at 44.1kHz).
- Effects:
INST FX: THRU, HPF, LPF, LPF/HPF, H BOOST, L BOOST, L/H BOOST, ISOLATOR, TRANSIENT, COMPRESSOR, DRIVE, COMP+DRV, CRUSHER
REVERB: AMBI, ROOM, HALL1, HALL2, PLATE, MOD
DELAY: DLY, PAN, TAPE ECHO
MASTER FX: HPF, LPF, LPF/HPF, H BOOST, L BOOST, L/H BOOST, ISOLATOR, TRANSIENT, TRANSIENT2, COMPRESSOR, DRIVE, OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER, FLANGER, SBF, NOISE
Other: SIDE CHAIN (for EXT IN), SCATTER (as one of AUTO FILL IN function)
- Display:
- 16 characters, 2 line (backlit LCD)
- 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
- External Storage: SD Card (SDHC supported) for backup/restore function and import sample data
- Connectors:
- PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- ASSIGNABLE OUT/TRIGGER OUT(1 - 6) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- EXT IN (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- TRIGGER OUT jack: Miniature phone type
- MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors:
- USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
- DC IN jack
- Power Supply: AC adaptor
- Current Draw: 2,000 mA
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 409 x 263 x 58 mm / 16-1/8 x 10-3/8 x 2-5/16 inches
- Weight: 2.1 kg /4 lbs 11 oz
- Accessories:
- AC adaptor
- Owner's manual
- Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TR-8S
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
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