Roland have announced they will release an updated TR-8 drum machine this month. The new TR-8S will replace the 2014 model.
The new version will include things like the TR-REC 16 step sequencer, which allows for the sequencer to be programmed using the velocity sensitive pad in real time and 128 pattern slots which can hold information such as tempo, kit, and knob and effects settings.
‘Auto-fill’ a new feature which adds fill patterns every 2, 4, 6, 8, 16, or 32 beats to free up your hands during live performance and the ability to back up all your kits, patterns and settings to an external SD card, incase of hardware failure whilst on tour.
The TR-8S will also include detailed circuit models of multiple Roland drum machines, including the 808 and 909: “The TR-8S has every sound from the most sought-after TR drum machines, with detailed circuit-models of the 808, 606, 909, 707, 727, and even several modified versions. These are not sound-alike sample-packs or mere recordings of TR drum sounds. Each machine is a detailed, down-to-the-circuit-model that sounds and behaves exactly like the original hardware.”
The new model will be priced around $699 and come sometime during March 2018. Visit Roland’s website for more information or watch the promo video below.