Roland TR-8S

Drum Machine

  • With extended functionality
  • ACB technology plus stereo sample import and playback
  • 300 Preloaded samples
  • SD Card slot to import your own mono and stereo samples (WAV, or AIFF)
  • Mixing and layering sounds
  • Drum tracks can consist of pure sample kits, TR sounds, or a mixture of both
  • Percussion tuned effects like delay, reverb, overdrive and filters
  • Real-time pattern creation with up to 32 steps
  • 128 kits
  • 128 patterns, each with eight variations and three different types of fills
  • 8 Analog outputs
  • Trigger track per pattern
  • Multi-channel audio and MIDI interface
  • Headphone output: 6.3 mm
  • 6.3mm (L/Mono, R) Mix Out
  • 6x 6.3 mm Assignable Out
  • 6.3 mm (L, R) input for external sources
  • Trigger output: 3.5mm
  • USB port type B (audio, MIDI)
  • Dimensions: 409 x 263 x 58 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • Includes power supply
  • Suitable optional case: Art.459612 (not included)
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Further Information

Display Yes
Pads 16
Fader(s) 11
Effects Yes
Sampling Function Yes
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
USB Yes
Number of analog outputs 8
Headphone Output Yes

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Thougth I bought a drum machine but it's a complete studio
RobSteijger, 10.10.2020
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I needed a couple of days to get a grip of the TR-8S, simply because you can do SO much with it, but now (3 weeks later) I can do anything I want with it.
I'd recommend downloading some extra patterns from learn how to program the effects etc. (I LOVE the liquid D&B ones!)
The one point of improvement (hence the 4 stars) would be seperat knobs for parameter and value, so you wouldn't have to press Enter all the time for switching between.

Features:
With Motion and Coarse control you can even program simple melodies using the included synth and bass patches! And I love to fact that I can hook up my Minilogue and use the TR-8S effects on it as well!
This 'drum machine' is a complete studio!

Sound:
The included sounds are great and completely tweakable. Haven't tried the v2.0 included FM-synth yet, I'm still on v1.13. Awesome that you can upload samples. Some of the effects could do with less parameters (the compressor and drive f.i.) but I guess all those tweakable frequency's etc. are necessary for live usage?

Build:
Roland robust, as usual.

Thanks to Thomann by the way for the smooth delivery (and that they're cool with the fact that I've retoured at least 3 other machines before buying this one, which is a stayer).
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Waited a year before writing this
Chri5-HT, 28.12.2019
and the verdict is: it's an extremely capable drum machine that can find a home in any electronic setup *(what I use it for). It's clearly designed for both studio use and performance.

Configurability is definitely it's biggest strength.
-It plays well with other hardware, the assignable outs and external inputs are great to have.
-Being able to bring audio/MIDI into a DAW is good. For example, I can split the audio into Kick, Snare, and a mix of everything else on another channel. Makes side-chaining in the DAW much easier.

OK, so lets talk about the sound.
-The ACB instruments are pretty great, watch some videos and decide with your own ears. I reach for them by default.
-It's nice to have sample import but it requires a bit of preparation. I don't use them often.
-The FX are good for the most part. Delay and reverb are much improved from the TR-8. Sometimes I find the distortion just too digital for a kick, and the bitcrush also (the reverb one on the TR-8 rocked); they're both good on Snares tho.
Overall the sound is great
The quality is grand. Hard plastic but feels nice. Much improved aesthetic.
A+ drum machine.
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Love the design, love the sounds, but the functions are limited.
brunoooo, 23.11.2020
Speaking from my experience as a first-time owner of a drum machine, and while being used to use only samples within daw with no midi controller before.
Quality is excellent, no comments about that. The package, manual instructions, everything is on point.
Sound quality, also excellent. No comment about that.
Features of this device are the ones that keep me from not preferring to use it in in my regular workflow. I am just not used to searching drum kits & samples, trying them out, switching patterns, figuring out each knob, and then having no "undo" option as I have it in the box (DAW). Do not get me wrong, I love this device and it does a great job! But, I originally thought this device is going to be my GO to drum machine and will use it instead of my VST or sample packs. However, is simply cannot do my fast & effective workflow with this. I use it mostly to jam in my studio, and have fun, maybe for some inspiration. I even connect it to my XDJ- RX2 with an aux cable and try to sync it manually and jam to it. But for fast production, it is no for me and would be probably happier if I invested the money in pair of avantone mix cubes as for 2nd monitors.
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Everything I wanted
xm_std, 22.03.2021
It's like Roland listened to our critics about the original TR8 and finally added them in!

Here is what I like:

1. 8 separate outputs. Awesome, exactly what I was waiting for. I can finally separate my kicks, snares and cymbals and process them further in my mixer.
2. Variations, adds more flexibility.
3. Inclusion of all of the classic machines, as well as some of the less appreciated (like the 626).
4. Ability to import our own sounds! This is HUGE! And it works perfectly.

The sounds: Perfect. Yes they are ACB, this is not analogue Bassdrum (looking forward to Behringer RD-9 and RD-8) - but sounds are VERY convincing.

The FX: Perfect.
The sample playback: Perfect.
Now you just need to buy the machine! I suggest you visit official website and educate yourself. This drum machine is truly amazing and creativity booster.

I don't like:

1. well it's plastic case. Good one, but still plastic case. When you add wooden sides this is even better.
2. Tap tempo led blinking. I can't find a way to turn it off. Not showstopper.
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