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AUTHENTIC TR-808 AND TR-909 EXPERIENCE IN A MODERN, PERFORMANCE-READY 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. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, they’ve helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From rap and house to techno and trance, the TR-808 and TR-909 have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music.
In developing the TR-8, we’ve obsessively analyzed and faithfully recreated every detail and nuance of the analog circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines—the boom and snap of the 808; the thud of the 909; the robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here. But not content with mere recreations, we’ve enhanced these classic instruments with capabilities that go far beyond the original units.
Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument, and the Bass Drum and Snare Drum have additional controls such as Attack, Snappy, and Comp. This allows for a wide 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 new sound-tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, the TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.
User Drum Kits
Steps per 1 measure
1 – 16 steps x 2 (Variation A/B)
40 – 300
Instruments & Controls
BASS DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, ATTACK, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECTSNARE DRUM: LEVEL, TUNE, SNAPPY, COMP, DECAY, INST SELECTLOW 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, STEPREVERB: LEVEL, TIME, GATE, STEPDELAY: LEVEL, TIME, FEEDBACK, STEPEXTERNAL IN: LEVEL, SIDE CHAIN, STEP
TR-REC, PATTERN SELECT, INST PLAY, INST REC, DRUM KIT SEL, DRUM INST SEL
VOLUME knobSCATTER knobTEMPO knobFINE knobSHUFFLE knobPADS: 16MODE buttons: 6CLEAR buttonVARIATION buttons: A, BSCALE buttonLAST STEP buttonSTART/STOP buttonSCATTER ON buttonSCATTER DEPTH buttonTAP buttonPower Switch (Rear)
7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
REVERB, DELAY, SIDE CHAIN
Nominal Input Level
100 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
-10/+4 dBu (Selectable)
MIX OUT, ASSIGNABLE OUT: 1 k ohmPHONES: 130 ohms
PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone typeMIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone typeASSIGNABLE OUT (A, B) jacks: 1/4-inch phone typeEXTERNAL IN (L, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone typeUSB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)DC IN jack
Owner's manualLeaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"AC adaptor
Includes Roland AIRA TB-3, TR-8 + VT-3