The Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer is a tribute, and very well detailed replica of the classic TR-808 drum machine - one of the most beloved and influential instrument for electronic music. The TR-08 brings the look, workflow and sound of the original to Roland's Boutique format. Key new features include added compressor, gain, tune and pan controls and 10 discrete outputs via USB. The step sequencer offers 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for programming with intricate detail. Can be USB bus powered or battery powered, and includes in-built speakers.
Roland Boutique TR-08 Rhythm Composer PRODUCT FEATURES:
The TR-08 is a compact recreation of Roland’s classic TR-808, one of the most influential drum machines ever made. Built with meticulous attention to detail, the TR-08 combines the sound, look, and feel of the TR-808 with enhanced features and modern reliability. And with its affordable price, the TR-08 puts the legendary “808” vibe within reach of anyone who’s ever dreamed of owning the iconic original.
Produced by Roland in the early 1980s, the TR-808 Rhythm Composer is one of the most revered and sought-after electronic musical instruments of all time. While only modestly successful when first released, adventurous musicians and producers of the era slowly began to embrace the instrument’s distinctive all-analog voice and creative hands-on interface, fueling the emergence of multiple music styles. The TR-808’s sounds helped shape and define the hip-hop, electronic, and dance genres, and the instrument’s vast influence on popular music continues to this day.
The TR-08 accurately recreates all the ingredients that make the TR-808 so special. Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology fully realizes all the sonic details and quirks of the original hardware, modeling each analog circuit right down to the component level. And the interface, though scaled-down in size, is 100-percent authentic, with all the buttons, knobs, and switches found on the TR-808.
The TR-08 also adds some modern enhancements to the classic TR-808 formula. The sequencer has 16 sub-steps per step, enabling users to create detailed snare fills and intricate, rolling hi-hats. There’s also a track-selectable trigger out for working with external instruments and modular gear. An LED display enables finer control of tempo and shuffle, and it’s now possible to step program or tap in parts in real time without stopping to change modes. In addition, the TR-08 sends and receives MIDI control messages, and supports audio and MIDI over USB.
Like all Roland Boutique modules, the TR-08 is extremely portable, and runs on USB bus power or batteries. It also includes a built-in speaker for monitoring the sound in mobile situations, and comes with a DK-01 Boutique Dock that allows users to adjust the panel’s viewing angle.
Roland Boutique TR-08 Rhythm Composer TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
SIZE AND WEIGHT Width: 308 mm Depth: 130 mm Height: 51 mm Weight: (including batteries and Boutique Dock)1.3 kg
User Memory: Pattern, Intro/Fill-In: 16 Bank (12x16 Pattern, 4x16 Intro/Fill-In) Steps: 16 steps with 16 sub steps
Instruments: BD: BASS DRUM SD: SNARE DRUM LC: LOW CONGA, LT: LOW TOM MC: MID CONGA, MT: MID TOM HC: HI CONGA, HT: HI TOM CL: CLAVES, RS: RIM SHOT MA: MARACAS, CP: HAND CLAP CB: COW BELL CY: CYMBAL OH: OPEN HI HAT CH: CLOSED HI HAT
Controllers: VOLUME knob START/STOP button TEMPO knob BANK/TEMPO/SHUFFLE button FINE/VALUE knob mode selector knob (PATTERN CLEAR, PATTERN WRITE 1st PART/2nd PART, MANUAL PLAY, RHYTHM TRACK PLAY, COMPOSE) INSTRUMENT/TRACK selector knob CLEAR button BASIC VARIATION selector switch and indicator AUTO FILL IN selector knob TRIGGER OUT track select button ACCENT LEVEL knob Instrument LEVEL knob (all instruments) TONE control knob (BD, SD, CY) DECAY control knob (BD, CY, OH) SNAPPY control knob (SD) TUNING control knob (LC/LT, MC/MT, HC/HT) Voice selector switch (LC/LT, MC/MT, HC/HT, CL/RS, MA/CP) PRE-SCALE selector switch STEP button (1-16) and indicator I/F VARIATION switch TAP button MENU/SUB STEP button 1st PART/2nd PART indicator Power switch
Connectors: TRIGGER OUT jack: mono miniature phone type PHONES jack: stereo miniature phone type OUTPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type MIX IN jack: stereo miniature phone type MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors USB port: Micro-B type (Audio, MIDI)
Power Supply: Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4 Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 USB bus power
Current Draw: 500 mA (USB bus power) Expected battery life under continuous use: Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours * This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.
Accessories: Boutique Dock: DK-01 (Black) Owner's Manual DK-01 Owner's Manual Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY" Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4