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Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer

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Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Design Kits with Authentic TR Drums, FM Sounds, Samples, and Effects

The TR-8S comes loaded with the largest, most authentic collection of TR drum machines available. The powerful processor gives our next-generation ACB models a whole new level of detail and nuance with that classic Roland boom, snap, and sizzle. Enrich the core TR drums with a spectrum of futuristic FM sounds, plus preset and custom samples for unique hybrid and layered kits. Then enhance them all with specialized effects to inject professional sound design into the TR formula.

Transistor Rhythms

The TR-8S has every sound from the most sought-after TR drum machines, with recreations of the 808, 606, 909, 707, and 727, and several modified versions too. 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. All these sounds are yours, at your fingertips, and ready to use in your own productions and performances.

Stellar FM Sounds

The FM sounds in the TR-8S are unlike anything this side of Mars, conjuring silvery drum hits and twisting tails to augment your tracks. The Morph parameter is an ultra-expressive macro control that lets you sweep through an array of sonic variations, wildly manipulating FM depth, ratio, and feedback with simple knob movements.

ACB Meets Samples

Today’s rhythm tracks need a diverse set of sounds and production techniques, and it’s harder than ever to sound unique. While authentic TR sounds are vital, layering your own mono or stereo samples, or pulling from the extensive onboard collection, opens a world of modern styles and the potential to craft your own signature sound. Like the TR and FM sounds, you can deeply manipulate samples with hands-on control of tuning, decay, start points, speed, and direction. Create a kit entirely from samples, or mix and match with FM and classic TR sounds for genre-defying drum tracks that demand attention.


  • Type:Drum Machine/Step Sequencer with Sample import
  • Pads:1 x Velocity-sensitive Performance Pad, 16 x TR-REC Buttons
  • Sounds:TR drum machine collection, ACB drum modeling tones, 300 preset sample tones, User samples
  • Kits:128 user kits
  • Patterns:128 patterns, 8 variations per pattern
  • Sequencer:16 step sequencer, 11 instrument parts, 1 trigger out part
  • Sampling:Sample playback (WAV, AIFF)
  • Effects:Reverb, Delay, Compressor, Phaser, Flanger, Overdrive, Distortion, HPF, LPF
  • Analog Inputs:2 x 1/4" (line)
  • Analog Outputs:2 x 1/4" (mix out), 6 x 1/4" (assignable out/trigger out)
  • Headphones:1 x 1/4"
  • MIDI I/O:In/Out/USB
  • Other I/O:1 x 1/8" (trigger out)
  • USB:1 x Type B
  • Storage:SD/SDHC card slot (backup, restore, import)
  • Power Source:Roland PSD AC adapter power supply (included)
  • Height:2.31"
  • Width:16.12"
  • Depth:10.37"
  • Weight:4.68 lbs.
  • Manufacturer Part Number:TR-8S

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