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Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drumcomputer General
Roland is back on the old base; her legendary "small" drum machines from the 80's turned out years later astronomical big hits. The huge demand for such retro machinery ensured that prices went through the roof. With the Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine is the sound of the famous TR-808, TR-909 and some other drum kits available in an affordable new product. The TR-8 is part of the Aira lineup where yet more gems are from that time. This TR-8 is a lot more extensive than his ancestors: 16 drum kits, built-in effects and USB. The sound generation is digital, but Roland is pretty far gone in their modeling technique (deep analysis of their original hardware) that sound quality is guaranteed.
This drum machine looks impressive, the backlit buttons take the user directly into the spacepop- and synthpop atmosphere from the 80 Just as with the original Roland TR-machines can be individually update the drum sounds with parameters that are unique to specific sounds . So the bass drum has parameters other than the hi-hats. If you are the panel of the original TR-808 has good you will see immediately that the TR-8 has many more controls. There are a channel fader knobs and more, the TR-8 thus has a lot of opportunities for hands-on tweaking; quickly and conveniently.
Of course, this rhythm performer is complete without x0x-style sequencer. The term x0x refers here to the step time (16 steps) sequencer that was typical in those good old days - and actually still prevalent in today's drum machines. Entering a pattern is child's play, you do not even need much rhythm as you note events "step time" can enter. An interesting feature of the TR-8 is that you can set the effects by step, so you might give the first of a bass drum pattern a dollop of reverb while the other bass drums in that pattern remain dry. The new Scatter feature allows you (in real time) to customize your patterns with effects like glitch, gate and stutter.
Which have built the classic TR-808 and TR-909 a great reputation is clear. 808 drums were already since the early 90's in the Sound Canvas and many followers, it is safe to say that everyone knows this unique sound. The 909 was the sound of trance, house and other forms of EDM thanks to the very tight bass drum, the snare warm and very distinctive basins. Funnily enough, Roland was in the 90s, not so very keen to integrate the typical (and desirable) 909 sounds in her own synths and workstations, and this was the period that the vintage machines for some time been working on an upswing. By Aira lineup this Japanese company makes this deficiency more than good!
This product comes with a 3 year warranty.
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