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Roland unveils new TR-8S drum machine

It's available to buy this month

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 5 March 2018
Roland unveils new TR-8S drum machine

Roland has announced it will release a new drum machine this month called the TR-8S.

It’s an upgrade on the TR-8 machine, which was released in 2014.

As well as containing detailed circuit-models that can produce the sound of the 808, 606, 909, 707 and 727, the TR-8S allows you incorporate preset and custom samples and customise them with specialised effects.

The enhanced “TR-REC” 16-step sequencer can be programmed with buttons or the velocity-sensitive performance pad

128 patterns can be stored on the TR-8S, each with eight variations and three types of fills. Patterns and variations can also be triggered solo or chained for developing sequences. An adjustable “Scatter” fill gives the added effect of slicing a measure into bursts of controlled chaos.

Eight analog outputs allow the processing of individual sounds through external effects or send them to separate channels of a mixer or DAW.

High-resolution 24bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converters ensure all sounds are crisp and powerful.

It’s priced at $699, head to Roland’s website for further details.

Check out a promo video below.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter

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