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Roland TR8S Drum Machine

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Serato + Roland TR-SYNC Free Update Now Available!
Seamlessly add the legendary sound of Roland’s iconic drum machines to Serato DJ Pro setups with TR-SYNC update for TR-8, TR-8S, TR-08, and TR-09

Roland announces updates to its iconic TR-8, TR-8S, TR-08, and TR-09 drum machines, making them Serato DJ OSA-ready. This new functionality, named TR-SYNC, is now available as part of the latest Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1 update and allows DJs to effortlessly match the BPM of the TR drum machines with tracks playing on Serato DJ Pro. TR-SYNC lets DJs easily add their own drum loops to songs with the same Roland drum sounds used on the most popular tracks of yesterday and today, giving them the ability to flip genres, beef up classic hits, remix, and transition between songs in new ways.

To connect the Roland TR drum machine, plug the USB from the TR drum machine to the computer running the latest version of Serato DJ Pro with supported hardware, and then connect the audio output to an available input on the DJ mixer or controller. Because Serato DJ Pro takes care of the sync, DJs can focus on their performance and new creative possibilities.

Once DJs have mastered the basics of mixing and performance, adding a drum machine to the mix gives them a chance to stand out from the pack and expand their creative options substantially. DJs can layer complimentary rhythms over an existing track or use an acapella with loops they’ve created to bring brand-new on-the-fly remixes to life. Adding the TR drum sounds can make classic songs sound “bigger” and can bridge music libraries across different genres. Instead of relying solely on record pools DJs can now create their own signature edits and remixes for truly unique DJ sets.

This free TR-SYNC update is now supported in Serato DJ Pro, and firmware updates for Roland’s TR drum machines are also available.

Roland TR-8S
Producing a big sound, the TR-8S combines the best of its Roland heritage with modern production techniques and professional sound design.The TR-8S is born of the most famous and influential drum machines ever made, the TR series by Roland.

The TR-8S is 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 our vast 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.

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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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Roland TR8S Drum Machine Specifications
  • 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"

Customer Reviews

Review: Gerald Baer, godsnumber7.jb@gmail.com Submitted: 4/28/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

all things drums
Product Rating

Product Review

if you need a beat you will create it with Roland TR8S. take time to read the owners manuel , this machine has alot to it, takes time to learn and use. I love it.

Review: Jeffrey Stackhouse Submitted: 4/28/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer

Subject

This is a great product!

Product Review

This product has an amazing sound, easy to incorporate into your production and has the latest and greatest sounds and samples!

Review: Dee Washington Submitted: 3/25/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

The main workstation of my studio

Product Review

I had the TR-8 and was reluctant to even consider the TR-8S. It is a completely different unit. The sound quality has improved so much, each channel has teh same parameters. There are more effects available, to include the auto fill. This is the center of my studio set up, triggering my outboard gear, and is recorded directly into my DAW via USB. Roland really got this update right. If you've not had a chance, definitely check it out!

Review: Cameron Brand Submitted: 3/22/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Lacking in Features made for More Live Hands On Hipster Music

Product Review

Maybe I am just old skool when it comes to Drum Machines and Groove Boxes, but I gotta say it has some great drum kits on it and I love the fact it has the option to input samples "IE" not a sampler. I think this is a great idea Roland has but honestly, they could have added more features as far as the sequencer/ I get the chaining A-H patterns that's great and all but when dealing with it in a SONG writing situation with other instruments it's very weak. If you are that kind of musician that likes techno and experimenting this is perfect for crafting some great beats. The effects are pretty good but seem when you switch it will lose that effect and switch to the new one. The knobs feel good "I dislike the step buttons they feel plasticy and cheap". There is a lot of drum power under the hood of this but to me, it doesn't compare to the 90s 505 Groove Box minus the sounds. Ehh if you like making "Trap" "Hip Hop" "House" etc this is a great live machine to randomly make a trippy set.

Review: RS Submitted: 3/8/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Better than expected

Product Review

Very good craftmanship and design. Better DAW integration would make it almost flawless. Excellent to use intuitively without a computer, yet very extensive features for advanced users.

Review: James Brew Submitted: 2/22/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Packs a punch! TrAwesome!

Product Review

This is my first Tr8 and I love it just about more than food. Deep sounds and sampling capabilities! l

Review: Justin Submitted: 2/4/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Best Drum Machine I’ve Ever Had

Product Review

Super easy to use, looks awesome, sounds even more awesome. Definitely an instrument geared towards live usage. I know I’ll have this thing for years to come

Review: Shocktom Submitted: 2/4/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Nothing but the best from Roland

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Absolutely love this thing!! Thanks to these payment plans I'm looking forward to future business with you!!!!

Review: Mike b Submitted: 1/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer

Subject

Well worth the cashish

Product Review

Still trying to get all i can out of this peice of kit. Sounds are pretty sweet. Needs a little reading but overall its pretty easy to use. Love the 808 and other kits. Its just another timeless drum machine thats a must own. Especially if you grew up in the 80z. I recommend this to anyone who needs a drum machine.

Review: Calvin, calvinsgsc@gmail.com Submitted: 12/27/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

I love the sound quality

Product Review

Excellent sound quality

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