The Roland TR-08 release date was expected for a long time. In 2017, the Japanese Brand finally released a truly faithful and improved replication of its well-known TR-808. Back in the 1980s, the original 808 defied sound and genres to become one of the most popular products in the electronic music world. Our Roland TR-08 review demonstrates how its successor brings the look, sound, and feel of the authentic 808 (with technological improvements) back to the forefront.
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- Performance 85% 85%
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Roland TR-08 Key Features
- Sizzling hi-hats and snappy snare
- Robotic sound
- Clicky rimshot
- Unmistakable cowbell
- Booming bass drum
Roland TR-08 Review
Functionalities & features of the Roland TR-08
You also have to keep in mind that this drum machine isn’t meant to be a drum machine with which you can play sounds easily. Conversely, it is much more like a sound programming drum machine. It has 2 pattern parts. If you use the first one, you can have a 16 step pattern. On the other hand, if you want a longer pattern, you could go into the 2nd part to have a 20 step pattern.
Decay and a pan functions are featured as well to let you modify the sounds to your own taste. Furthermore, the instructive Roland TR-08 manual will help you master the drum machine quickly. Another source of useful information is the youtube channel of the brand or videos by passionate users which demonstrate some useful tr 08 tips.
“The idea is that the product isn’t meant to be a versatile groundbreaking unit. The primary idea is to simulate the original TR-808.”
Connectivity of the Roland TR-08
Roland TR-08 Design
However, having mentioned the reduced size earlier, at moments, you may be uncomfortable with the confined design of this drum machine. A final feature worth mentioning is the mix-in which allows you to pass the sound through other drum machines for extended creativity.
How Does The Roland TR-08 Compare?
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