Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer


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Product Highlights

  • Machine Models: 808, 606, 909, 707, 727
  • 128 User Drum Kits + 128 User Patterns
  • 11 Instruments with Multiple ACB Tones
  • Preset Samples: 150 Tones or Greater
  • SD Card for Sample Playback: 600 Seconds
  • 16 Steps per Measure with 8 Variations
  • Updated Instrument and Master FX
  • Motion Recording Function
  • Side Chain, Scatter, and Auto Fill In
  • USB Audio and MIDI
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Roland TR-8S overview

  • 1Description

Building upon the success of the TR-8, the Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer combines the legendary sound, form, and function of the vintage TR-808, 606, 909, 707, and 727 rhythm machines with cutting-edge performance and live pattern manipulation capabilities to create a modern-day classic, well-suited for stage or studio. Build your dream kit with the onboard drum sounds, or peruse and layer Roland's vast stereo sample collection to create original tones never heard before. What's more, the SD card slot allows you to import your own samples. Roland developed the Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, which faithfully recreates the tonality and behavior of true-analog circuits. With ACB, every detail of these original machines is captured, including the variations in tone that occur when multiple instruments are entered in accented steps.

The TR-8S features 128 user kits made up of 11 instruments, each assigned a tone. What's more, each tone has several variations and each tone is freely assignable to any of the 11 instrument slots. Each channel offers controls for tune, decay, and an assignable customized control knob, which places all the sound-shaping power within easy reach. You can program on the 16 TR-REC buttons or use the velocity-sensitive performance pad to play live, or record into the sequencer. You can move seamlessly between playing and editing, allowing you to reshape your drum parts without ever interrupting your flow. Each of the 128 patterns can store eight variations and three kinds of fills. Patterns and variations can be played or chained in any order, plus the auto-fill function automatically plays a fill every 2, 4, 8, 16, or 32 measures.

The sounds can be step recorded or recorded in real-time to a 16-step sequencer with eight (A-H) pattern variations. Additional pattern variations are available through rolls and the Scatter function, which can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, and stutter sounds in perfect synchronization. The TR-8S features the ability to program locks into the sequencer per step or record motion into patterns to create everything from subtle movements to dramatic tonal shifts. You can automate bass drum tuning, snare pitch, panning, effects, or create melodies and bass lines. The motion recording is simple to use, and motion playback can be instantly enabled or disabled.

The TR-8S features eight flexible outputs, which are freely assignable to any sound or groups of sounds. Additionally, the external input allows audio to pass through the TR-8 with the ability to sequence side-chain and gate effects. The USB port connects the TR-8S to a computer, offering both MIDI and audio capabilities. The Roland AIRA TR-8S ships with an AC power adapter.

Design Kits with Authentic TR Drums, Sampled Sounds, and Effects
  • 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 and even several modified versions
    • Each machine is a detailed, down-to-the-circuit model that sounds and behaves exactly like the original hardware
  • ACB Meets Samples
    • 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, tuning, and alter sample start points, speed, and direction
    • Create a kit entirely from samples or mix and match with TR sounds for genre-defying drum tracks that demand attention
  • Drumatic Effects
    • Make a drum part stand out by creating depth and space
    • Add delay on a rim-shot, overdrive on a kick, filters on toms and cymbals, or just the right amount of reverb on select instruments
    • In addition to the Master FX knob, each channel has a customizable CTRL knob, placing all this sound-shaping power within easy reach
    • Assign any parameter needed for direct and immediate access to the CTRL knob or Master FX knob
    • Both Instrument and Master Effects, along with their precise settings, are saved with each kit, making your productions always performance-ready
Create Evolving Patterns with Variations, Fills, and Motion
  • 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.
    • Move seamlessly between playing and editing
    • Reshape 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
    • Patterns and variations can be played or chained in any order
    • Copy patterns on the fly, 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
  • Filling In
    • Each pattern in the TR-8S can contain two fills which you can customize or create from scratch.
    • Adjustable Scatter fill, which slices and dices a measure into short bursts of cool and controlled chaos.
    • Hands-free Auto-Fill: Automate fills every 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 measures for interesting dynamics to your performances
  • In Motion
    • 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
    • Create melodies and bass lines
    • 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
At Home in the Studio, Made for the Stage
  • Eight Analog Outputs
    • The TR-8S has eight separate analog outputs,
    • Process individual drum sounds through external effects or send them into separate channels of your mixer or DAW
    • The TR-8S sounds big, punchy, and spacious thanks to its high-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz digital-to-analog converters
  • Trigger Out, External In
    • The TR-8S has a dedicated trigger output as well as stereo audio inputs for external sources.
    • Assignable outputs can be used as additional triggers, allowing you to control external instruments and mix them with the TR-8S’s internal sounds
    • Each pattern has a dedicated trigger track for access to all kinds of variations with no need to use up an instrument
  • Audio and MIDI Interface
    • The TR-8S is a complete multi-channel audio and MIDI interface.
    • Connect the TR-8S to a computer or AIRA Link host and transfer MIDI and high-resolution audio over a single USB cable
    • Record each drum instrument to a different channel for individual processing and recording
    • Automate parameter movements from your DAW by CC messages
    • Sync the TR-8S to your computer or Roland MX-1 Mix Performer for live sets or late-night jam sessions
  • Refined Design with a Modern Touch
    • RGB color faders and TR-REC buttons let you customize the brightness, glow, and color of each element
    • The TR-8S offers crucial visual feedback about what’s playing, what’s muted, which instruments are grouped, and more
  • Total Recall
    • Every kit, pattern, and setting can be backed up on an SD card
UPC: 761294512111
In the Box
Roland AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Roland TR-8S specs

    Drum Kits User Drum Kits: 128
    Patterns User Patterns: 128
    Step Sequencer 11 x instrument parts
    1 x exclusive part for trigger out
    16 x steps per 1 measure
    8 x (A - H) variations per 1 pattern
    2 x fill-in patterns per 1 pattern
    Instruments 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 Samples: 150 tones or greater
    User Sample Import User Samples: Imported from SD card for playback
    Available Format: WAV, AIFF
    Total Time for All Samples: Approximately 600 seconds (at 44.1 kHz, mono)

    The maximum length of a single audio file that can be imported is approximately 180 seconds (at 44.1 kHz)
    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, Hall 1, Hall 2, Plate, Mod
    Delay: Dly, Pan, Tape echo
    Master FX: Hpf, Lpf, Lpf/Hpf, H Boost, L boost, L/H boost, Isolator, Transient, Transient 2, Compressor, Drive, Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Crusher, Phaser, Flanger, Sbf, Noise
    Other: Side chain (for Ext in), Scatter (as one of Auto Fill-In functions)
    Display 16-characters, 2-line (backlit LCD)
    7-segments, 4-characters (LED)
    Controllers Volume: Knob
    Ext In: Knob
    Tempo: Knob
    Value: Knob
    Shuffle: Knob
    Sequence Step Buttons: 16
    Velocity Sensitive Drum Pad: 1
    Clear: Button
    Shift: Button
    Variation Buttons: 8 (A through H)
    Last Step: Button
    Sub Step: Button
    Motion On: Button
    Motion Rec: Button
    Start/Stop: Button
    Inst Play: Button
    Inst Rec: Button
    Kit: Button
    Inst: Button
    Sample: Button
    Enter/Tap: Button
    Power Switch: Rear
    External Storage SD card (SDHC supported) for backup/restore function and import sample data
    Connectors Phone Jack: 1 x Stereo 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone type
    Mix Out (L/Mono, R) Jacks: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS phone type
    Assignable Out/Trigger Out (1 - 6) Jacks: 6 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone type
    Ext In (L/Mono, R) Jacks: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm phone type
    Trigger Out Jack: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    MIDI (In, Out) Connectors: 2 x 5-pin DIN
    USB Port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
    DC In Jack
    USB Audio, MIDI
    Power Supply AC adapter
    Current Draw 2000 mA
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 16.1 x 10.4 x 2.3" / 409 x 236 x 58 mm
    Weight 4.6 lb / 2.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.6 x 13.4 x 4.4"

    Roland TR-8S reviews

    AIRA TR-8S Rhythm Performer is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from They released it with bugs! There are problems with the TR-8S as of 3/14/18. I am on the latest firmware, and the drum machine will often not play sounds that are on the timeline. It will also often continue to play sounds after you remove them. You are supposed to be able to hear a preview of an instrument or sample with the pressure sensitive tap button. It does not always work, and will often not play sounds, even if you hit it repeatedly, as it is bugged.� I have had very long hold times with Roland. I was recently on hold for 30 minutes, before I got hung up on and had to call back. That's what prompted me to write this review. I am currently calling to report problems with my unit, and I've been on hold 30 min, and had to call back to wait again.� I bought my unit from Sam Ash 2 days after it was released.
    Date published: 2018-03-14
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