Roland AIRA Series TR-8 Rhythm Performer (Open Box)


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The rebirth of a legend with every circuit and tonal nuance painstakingly modeled from the original TR-808 and TR-909 using ACB (Active Circuit Behavior)

The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that combines the legendary sound and vibe of classic TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds and classic effects. Unprecedented live pattern manipulation. Solid, intuitive performance controls.

What's all the noise about?
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980’s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, but they have helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From Rap and House to Techno and Trance – these two drum machines have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music.

It's all about the Sound
The TR-8 brings to life the best of past and present technologies in every sound. Careful modeling of the original circuits results in the tonal characteristic and nuance of the reknown TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines. Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument and the Bass and Snare drum modules have dedicated “Attack” and “Comp” knobs allowing for a great variety of tones – from subtle ambient percussion to pounding dance grooves. Per-step effects and the massively addictive “Scatter” function take things into entirely new territory. This machine is truly a "tweakers" dream.

Just like the original:
  • Full reproduction of the original TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines based on original design spec sheets and detailed analog circuit analysis of various specimens including Roland’s own pristine units
  • Newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology allows part-by-part analyses and faithful recreation of tonality and behavior including the smooth variations of tone that occur when you work the controls of each instrument
  • Obsessive attention to detail - like reproducing the original TR’s unique variations in tone that occur when multiple instruments are entered in accented steps

TR Evolved:
  • Build your ultimate kits from the TR-808 and TR-909
  • 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types
  • Dedicated knob for Accent intensity control
  • Per-step Gate Reverb and Delay effects with dedicated knobs
  • Mix sources connected to the External Inputs
  • Per instrument direct outputs via USB
  • Built-in Side Chain function creates rhythmic ducking and gating effects on External Inputs with per-step control
  • Two assignable analog outs for additional mix flexibility

How does it feel?
Make no mistake - the TR-8 is an instrument, carefully designed from the ground-up, to be played.  Every control has a solid, predictable feel with each drum instrument having robust, “playable” faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB-lit buttons give real-time performance feedback and a striking appearance on stage.

Pattern creation is creative and intuitive using an evolved version of the TR-REC method which originated in the TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programing. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behavior has been faithfully modeled in the TR-8. But the TR-8 goes well beyond the original, allowing you to seamlessly switch between programming and performance modes and to introduce lots of groovy rhythmic variations – from subtle snare fills to total glitch meltdowns.

Just like the original:
  • Faithful TR-REC behavior for pattern creation
  • Large tempo control knob and a Fine adjustment knob for total tempo control.
  • 16-step sequencer allows you to switch between variations [A] and [B] as well as continuous playback
  • Play drum instruments and record to steps in real-time

New to the TR-8:
  • Scatter lets you tweak and mix up your beats in perfect sync
  • 16 per-step pads with bright, colored LEDs
  • Create patterns in real-time with up to 32 steps
  • Change step count in real-time
  • Switch seamlessly from real-time to step performance
  • Play 4 different roll types in real-time
  • Dedicated real-time knob for original TR-909 shuffle function
  • Random pattern creation for spontaneous live performance
  • Pattern copy to quickly create variations
  • 7 segment LED shows tempo and has Tap function
  • USB provides bus power and Audio/MIDI
  • Designed to look and work seemlessly with other AIRA products   

What is Scatter?
Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed real-time control over variations in your patterns and any incoming external input signal. Scatter can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter and perform all manner of rhythmic variations - from subtle to extreme - and all in perfect sync. Pick from 10 different types of Scatter and smoothly adjust the intensity or “Scatter Depth” with the large comfortable dial. Seamlessly switch between Scatter patterns and quickly turn Scatter on and off for cool variations when and where you want them.

Things You Will Get:

    Owners Manual
    AC Adaptor


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Sound Engine Type ACB Modeling
Number of Presets 16 Kits and User Patterns
16 Sequence Steps with Variation
Effect Types Reverb, Delay, Side Chain
Controller Types Knobs: Volume, Scatter, Tempo
Fine, Shuffle
Pads: 16
Buttons: (6) Mode, Clear, Variation A & B
Scale, Last Step, Start/Stop
Scatter, Scatter Depth, Tap
MIDI Sequencer Yes
Audio Inputs 2
Audio Input Types (2) 1/4"
Audio Outputs 4
Audio Output Types (2) 1/4" Mix, (2) Assignable 1/4"
Other Features Instrument and Effect Controls:
Level, Tune, Attack
Comp, Decay, Inst Select
Side Chain, Feedback, Gate, Time
Weight 4.4 lbs.
Dimensions 15.75 x 2.56 x 10.24 inches (WxHxD)
Series AIRA
Model TR-8
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.