On the 5th of March 2018, Roland announced the launch of their newest flagship drum machine – the Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer.
Innovation is taking something that already exists, and improving upon it, and that is precisely what Roland has done. They took in the feedback they received about the TR-8, and have made it better than ever before.
For the TR-8S, Roland has added sample import, eight analogue outputs, trigger outputs which will allow you to connect to external sound sources. In addition, they have added a multi-channel audio/MIDI interface.
The Roland TR-8S is more than an upgraded version of the TR-8 though. The 8s includes sounds from Roland’s iconic range of drum machines. Specifically, it has sounds from the 808, 909, 707, 727, and 606 drum machines.
“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.”
Design personalised kits
Never before has there been a Roland drum machine with as many tonal options as the TR-8S. The processor in the machine is powerful and allows for new level of nuance and detail. But, you don’t need to rely solely on the onboard tones. If you want something unique to your rig, you can incorporate preset and custom samples to create your very own hybrid kits.
Importing custom samples is incredibly easy; simply load the tracks you want onto an SD card and slot it into the Roland TR-8S. There are also a host of sound effects options available which will allow you to further fine tune your tone.