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Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of Roland TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation and solid, intuitive performance controls — it's the TR...evolved.

Capturing the originals

  • Full reproduction of the classic TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines, based on original design spec sheets and detailed analog circuit analysis of many original TR machines, including Roland's own pristine units
  • Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology allows part-by-part analysis 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, such as reproducing the original TR's unique variations in tone that occur when multiple instruments are entered in accented steps
  • Authentic 16-step sequencer with faithful TR-REC behavior, including A and B pattern variations and the ability to play instruments and record to steps in real time

TR evolved

  • 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types, including custom dream kits that use both TR-808 and TR-909 sounds
  • Large tempo knob with tap tempo button and continuous fine and shuffle adjustment knobs
  • Control the intensity of the accent function with a dedicated knob
  • Per-step reverb and delay effects with dedicated knobs
  • Mix sources connected to the external audio input jacks with built-in per-step side chain function for rhythmic ducking and gating effects
  • Scatter lets you freak and tweak your grooves with real time control and perfect sync
  • 7-segment, 4-character LED display and 16 per-step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Realtime pattern creation up to 32 steps with on-the-fly step count adjustment
  • Rec/play modes have been eliminated, enabling seamless switching between step input and real-time pattern-making and performance
  • Realtime play of 4 different types of rolls (8th, 16th, VARI 1, VARI 2) and per-instrument mutes
  • Pattern copy and pattern randomization for rapid, spontaneous creativity
  • Two assignable analog outputs and full parallel outputs via USB for total mixing flexibility

The lineage
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, 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, they've helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From rap and house to techno and trance, TR-808 and TR-909 have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music. Roll the drums...

The sound
In developing TR-8, Roland obsessively analyzed and faithfully recreated every detail and nuance of the analog circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines: the boom and snap of the 808, the thud of the 909, the robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll — it's all here. But not content with mere recreations, they enhanced these classic instruments with capabilities that go far beyond the original units.

Tune and decay knobs are now present on every instrument, and the bass drum and snare drum have additional controls such as attack, 'snappy' and compression. This allows for a wide 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.

With the authentic tone and character of the original units and new sound-tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.

The feel
Make no mistake: TR-8 has been carefully designed from the ground up as an instrument to be played. Every control has a solid, predictable feel, with each drum instrument having robust, playable faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB buttons give both realtime 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 TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programming. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behavior has been faithfully modeled in TR-8. But 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.

What is Scatter?
Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed realtime 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 toggle Scatter on/off for cool variations when and where you want them

Try'll like it!

A few more things
TR-8 looks great and is designed to work seamlessly with other products in Roland's AIRA series. In addition, you can connect TR-8 to your computer via USB to send and receive both audio and MIDI data, including MIDI clock information for syncing with external devices and other AIRA units.

Drum machine expansion: TR-707, TR-707 and TR-606 Drumatix
Now available via an optional expansion (sold separately), you can add ACB-modeled TR-606, TR-707 and TR-727 sounds to your TR-8.


Backup and restore

  • Manage your kit and pattern library with easy backup and restore over USB.

Improved playability

  • Instrument levels: customize kits by adjusting the gain of each instrument to suit your individual style.
  • Better rolls: rolls are now easier to engage, offer more control and sound better overall.
  • Scatter latch on/off: alternate unlatched trigger mode engages only while ON button is held down.
  • Scatter cycle: Scatter will enable for one cycle and then automatically disengage.
  • Sync reset: get back in the groove by instantly starting a pattern from the top.

Improved editing

  • Pattern lock: lock the contents of a pattern so you can experiment without losing your original groove.
  • Nonstop A/B pattern editing: now you can edit both A and B parts of a pattern without stopping the sequencer.

Improved MIDI

  • Modes: local on/off and MIDI controller modes determine how MIDI data is sent and received.
  • Accent velocity: MIDI velocity is variable by the accent setting.
  • Kit select: select kits using MIDI control change messages.
  • Scatter: Scatter on/off, type and depth can be controlled via MIDI control change.
  • External record: record patterns in real time from external MIDI devices.
  • MIDI off: disable sending of all MIDI messages.
  • Ignore play/stop: toggle whether or not TR-8 responds to play/stop messages.
  • Effect control: control effects using MIDI control change messages.
More Information
Manufacturer AIRA
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Power Supply
Analog/Digital Digital
Programs/Presets 16 kits
Oscillators per Voice Varies by Sound Engine
Effects Reverb
Sequencer 16-step sequencer with A/B variations
Audio File Playback No
Arpeggiator No
USB Port (to Host) MIDI, Audio, System Updates
Audio Inputs 1/4" External In (L, R)
USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
Audio Outputs 1/4" Headphones
1/4" Mix Out (L/Mono, R)
1/4" Assignable Out (A, B)
USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
Width 15.75"
Depth 10.25"
Height 2.5625"
Product Weight 4 lbs. 4 oz.
Unique Features
  • Scatter function
  • Control the intensity of the accent function with a dedicated knob
  • Per-step reverb and delay effects with dedicated, real-time knobs
  • Built-in side chain function creates rhythmic ducking and gating effects on external inputs

Roland Limited Warranty

This product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use for a period of one (1) year for parts and and ninety (90) days for labor from the date of purchase.

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