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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)
Available since March 2018
Item number 434284
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Display Yes
Pads 16
Fader(s) 11
Effects Yes
Sampling Function Yes
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Number of analog outputs 8
Headphone Output Yes
Extras USB Audio
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108 Reviews

Thougth I bought a drum machine but it's a complete studio
RobSteijger 10.10.2020
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.

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!

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?

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).


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.


sean82 17.01.2022
a diverse drum machine that gives a nice hands on live feel !

i done a lot of research before purchasing this drum machines as i really wanted something with a nice hands on feel , channels for each individual instrument etc ... something I could just reach out and grab with out any (much) menu diving ....
Roland have only recently just came out with TR8S editor software so its now even a better time to buy !!

I use the TR8S alongside an Octatrack by Elektron and they pair up quite well .....


Top sounds
ZuzDCruz 27.06.2021
Very nice drum machine with lots of features. I use it in my home studio, sometimes to record performances or just to make beats in Cubase, through usb-midi or directly to audio interface stereo inputs 3/4. I also use it live without computer and i am satisfied with results. Sound quality is very good, there are plenty of presets already installed and you can make your own preaty easily. Handling is little hard at first, you will need some time to learn all key commands and menu diving. Build quality is good and knobs are well made too, no wobling and moving, sliders are good too. Instrument pad could be a little more sensitive, so i dont need to press it so hard and more responsive. I am satisfied with purchase, its my first drum machine so i dont have much reference to compare, but like most Roland products it is very good product. Price is maybe a little to high, but it is worth it.


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