Pro Audio company Roland introduced the TR-8S Rhythm Performer today calling the new drum machine “the most powerful drum machine ever made.” Of course the new hardware piece will feature Roland’s iconic TR drum sounds but also a huge selection of samples from the company’s massive library of sounds.
But that’s not all. You can also load in your own custom samples, both mono and stereo ones.
Here are the features according to Synthtopia:
- x0x sounds – Included in the TR-8S are all original sounds from Roland’s classic 808, 909, 707, 727, and 606, as well as modified versions. The sounds are based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB), component-level modeling of the original device’s circuits.
- Samples – The TR-8S also includes a range of effects, tailored to use with percussion. There’s a Master FX knob, for processing the entire kit and a control knob for each channel. Both can be configured with favorite effects parameters for sound shaping on the fly.
- Updated TR Sequencing – The “TR-REC” step sequencer has been enhanced and modernized to be better than ever. Via the 16 TR-REC buttons and velocity-sensitive performance pad, users can develop intricate grooves and build detailed fills with velocity, accents, flams, and adjustable sub-steps. The TR-8S sequencer is able to store 128 patterns, with eight variations and three fills contained in each. These patterns or variations can be triggered individually or chained together for evolving sequences. It’s also now possible to save the tempo and kit assignment (along with knob positions and effect settings) in patterns.
- Flexible connectivity – A stereo mix output is provided, plus six assignable audio outputs that allow individual drum sounds to be processed and mixed externally. There’s also a dedicated trigger output with its own sequencer track, and the assignable outputs can be reconfigured to output trigger signals if desired. Stereo audio inputs are provided as well, enabling users to connect and mix external sound sources. The TR-8S also functions as a multi-channel USB audio/MIDI interface, and supports AIRA Link for interfacing with other AIRA gear.
Check out the videos on the new gear below:
Official pricing and availability is not yet known, but some retailers have set the price on their sites at $699 USD. Check out Roland’s official site for more details.