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Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

 
4.9

(10 reviews)

SKU: RTR08XXXX-P

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The Roland TR-08 is an obsessively detailed and faithful replica of the legendry TR-808—easily the most famous and influential drum machine ever made.

After creating a monumental shift in the sound of music, the “808” has continued to shape and define entire genres. Beloved by musicians and producers the world over, it’s one of the most revered and sought-after electronic musical instruments of all time.

The TR-08 brings the look, sound, and feel of the original 808—with stunning accuracy—to the Roland Boutique format. It blends attention to detail and respect for legacy with modern convenience and reliability.

Features:
  • Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808
  • Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay
  • Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes

Get your Roland TR-08 Sound Module today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • TR-08 Rhythm Composer
  • Owner's Manual

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4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

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5.0

An 808 for an Amazing price

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from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

The Roland TR-808 is considered the most influential drum machine ever, with countless companies trying to replicate its amazing sound and abilities. Unfortunately to find an original one now is going to cost you over $3000. Well Roland recently decide to make a new version called the TR-08. All the amazingness of the classic 808 but with a price tag 1/10th the price.

 
5.0

The Classic TR-808 Sounds In The Roland Boutique Format!

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from Cincinnati, OH

Staff Reviewer

This little unit faithfully reproduces the Roland TR-808 sounds in a little box! Its very small and compact but still gives you hands-on tone, level, tuning, and decay control. If you want that classic 808 sound--this is a must have!!

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5.0

Updated Classic

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from Edison

Staff Reviewer

The roland 808 is a classic drum machine filled with classic sounds that should be familiar to a lot of people. This new piece has all those great sounds with a user friendly interface that makes it very easy to create new beats. The sounds are all instantly recognizable and inspires to get going right out of the box. A must have!

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5.0

The Classic Is Back and Better !

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from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

The Roland TR-08 is the much anticipated remodeling of the classic 808 drum machine that has had such a strong influence on the landscape of sound in the past 30 years. Now in a much more compact form factor, you can take all of the original 808 sounds in all their glory with you wherever you see fit.

 
5.0

Awesome New Old Drum Machine!

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from nyc

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • easy to use
  • sounds great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • live
    • recording

    This new remake of the TR-808 is an instant classic, with all the great original tones, but great new modern feature. Your studio needs one of these, every studio needs one of these! The construction is great, easy to use and it sounds great! Get one!

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    5.0

    The 08 is Great!

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    from Edison, NJ

    Staff Reviewer

    This little machine is very easy to work with and truly sounds great. This product feels extremely well-made and durable with still maintaining the classic aesthetic of vintage drum machines.
    I really like how Roland gives you the set up options of having the machine either flat, angled, or a steeper angle for ultimate conformability. The rubber pads on the bottom are very grippy so you can feel comfortable to put this on nearly any surface, or other tool without concern. Every single sound that comes out of the TR-08 sounds rich, solid, and real. Great job by Roland, especially in this price range.

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    4.0

    Great Unit!

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    from Edison

    The Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer is great for anyone looking for an affordable drum machine that holds true to the original design of some of the most influential drum machines that started it all. A sought after favorite for many musicians and songwriters. The features of being able to match originality with modern user friendliness makes this a great drum machine!

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    5.0

    Same 808 sound, new package!

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    from Indianapolis

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • easy to use
    • portable
    • same 808 sounds

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • live performance
      • studio production
      • writing on the go

      The TR-08 is an 808 performer for the modern age. With all the same circuitry of the original, the TR-08 is the ultimate rhythm performer for DJ's, producers, and audio engineers alike. Portable, powerful, and intuitive, the TR-08 is my favorite model that Roland has issued for this series. The built-in speaker allows you to get started using it instantly, and the MIDI I/O means connecting it to other units is a no-brainer.

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      5.0

      THIS DRUM MACHINE IS FANTASTIC!

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      from INDIANAPOLIS

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • CREATIVE
      • MODELED AFTER 808
      • PROGRAMMABLE

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • LIVE
        • RECORDING

        The Roland TR-08 Rhythm composer is a exceptional, creative tool for musicians and recording engineers. This drum machine was designed to keep the original 808 feel but has the style of Roland's Boutique series. It features unrivaled sounds and creative possibility with features like adjustment of gain, decay, EQing and more! The TR-08 is also customizable and can be programmed to display different light and EQ effects. All in all a Great drum machine and worth every penny.

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        5.0

        TR808

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        from Cincinnati, OH

        Staff Reviewer

        The TR 808 is legendary! This may be a smaller version of it, but it still is the same beast it has always been! Roland added to it as well by adding Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan controls for selected instruments. It is compact and can be used as a module or the separate keyboard can be purchased if you are in the mood to have something portable to write with (can be used with batteries or a wall wart). Every one of these modules that Roland has re released like this are amazing!

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        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.