"What is a house without a strong foundation? The [TR-909](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-909-rhythm-composer) was and still is the foundation of house music. This is the new Roland TR-8 and undeniably, for me this is the new foundation of my studio. In one machine I now have the 909, (http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-808-rhythm-composer), (http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-707-rhythm-composer), and (http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-727-rhythm-composer)! I can tune all the drums differently, make fresh new kits and save them as my own personal and original Roland TR-DJP. I can also take this on the road as it’s pretty compact and easy to carry, unlike the original. The sound is still raw on this but it’s not too harsh. Imagine this as a much warmer 909, while to me the 808 is still the 808 but with more hum and dynamics on the kick." From [Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/)more
In this artical with attack magazine, Tom says "It’s been a bit of a love-hate relationship with the TR-8, mainly due to the insane popularity of the unit and the fact it looks like what I imagine Tim Westwood using to trigger those bomb sounds on his radio show, but it’s a lot of fun to perform live with."more
“In terms of drum machines there’s a Casio RZ-1 and a Roland Aira TR-8. Again, the TR-8 was used quite sparingly, mainly for bass drum sounds. It’s nice but weird that it doesn’t really sound like an 808. It’s very boomy, so you have to EQ the kick, as they’ve added like a 50Hz boom on it. I run it through a preamp to warm it up a little as it is fairly spiky and digital, although it's fairly faithful to that analogue, synthesised, sound with the hi-hats and stuff, and there are a couple of really nice extra sounds too.”more
Old school meets new school. I just love this Roland combo. I honestly believe the TR-8 is the best thing to come out in the recent ‘remake waves’ these classic analogue gear companies are getting into. It is by far my favourite drum machine, and I have used it on every track I made in 2015. ‘Buffalo Trace’, which dropped on Nice Age, is a great example of the use of TR-8.more
The oscillator is an Intellijel Shapeshifter into a WMD synchrodyne into a KOMA SVF-201 A Manhattan Analog VCA on the end being modulated by MATHS. [uh, the module, though everything I do is modulated by maths!] Everything is sequenced by the Komplex sequencer Drums are the [Roland AIRA] TR8 through the [KOMA] FT201.more
Die Roland TR-8 liefert die Instrumente der 808 und 909 in einem sehr ähnlichen, nur eine Spur moderner anmutenden Sound. Die Emulation der analogen Klänge gelingt ausgesprochen gut, stets hat man den Eindruck eines warmen, lebendigen Sounds und es sind keine Artefakte bim Pitchen hörbar. Die klangliche Flexibilität ist trotz der eingeschränkten Auswahl an Grundklängen (die Vorbilder hatten ja noch weniger) ziemlich hoch. Nicht zuletzt wegen der Effekte, die sehr gelungene zusätzliche Möglichkeiten für die Performance bietenmore
I love this drum machine ... for the most part. You can go online to any number of sites and find out about how closely the sound resembles the original 808 and 909 and read reviews of the interface and capabilities. As I say, on the whole I love it; I've given it a rating of 4/5 after all. I'm just going to point out a couple of things I don't like about it though:
The lights are crazy insane bright. Seriously. It's like the mothership from Close Encounters flew right up to your face. I really find it quite distracting and annoying. But maybe that's just me.
You don't get flam unless you buy the 7x7 expansion. This should have been a stock feature.
Good sounding drummachine and very easy to use. What matter it that it is not analog? As long as it sound good, right? Can replicate the real TR's very well.
It's been a long time since I've been excited about any new Roland products. I've owned both the TR-808 and TR-909 in the past and, while I do prefer the aesthetics of the vintage machines, the sound is just as good and the features even better on the TR-8.
The TR8 is awesome and the sounds are great. Can be used in a DJ Set as well for some extra 'live' performances. Most of the built-in reverbs don't really sound great, two are good in my opinion. However, that's just a minor comment to this genius device.
Excellent piece of drum and rhythm machine. Use it in nearly all my productions. Combining the sounds from the TR-8 in combination with the soundcard was a bit challenging, but eventually managed that. Great and intuitive piece of gear.
All I have to say is that I, legit, take this thing with me all kinds of places...almost every day...just in case I have an idea for a beat.
Thank you, Roland! <3 I love this thing. <3
It's the modern version of the 808 and 909 drum machines, with the ability to do separate outs and ins for isolated kicks, snares, and other parts, plus you can mix the kits together, program patterns, and even run the parts back into it to sidechain it. It's designed to be very hands on, and therefore would lend itself insanely well to live performance.
I ordered the TR-8 as a pre-order and had to wait a few weeks, but was lucky to get it as one of the first people in the UK. The sounds are great and even for digital sounds it is a superb remake of the original TR-808 en TR-909. Now with the 7x7 expansion it has become even better and I can't wait to see what other expansions will be added in the near future.
If you want the classic Roland drum sounds this is a great way to get them, though Roland's new upgrade, the TR-8S is more versatile with its sampling. I bought this when I was buying all the Aira gear as I thought I would buy into that range and way of producing music but I never was able to really come to grips with it. But for old school step sequencer drum programming this unit is great and it has access to the sounds of several classic Roland drum machines. I find that this kind of drum programming is not something I love but although I don't use this as much as I should I am glad I have it and plan to try and incorporate it into my rig now that I have the Novation SL MKIII which can control it.
For those of us not lucky enough to have ever owned an 808, a 909, a 707, or a 727... and who knows what other Gems Roland will unleash and let us fill our TR8's with, this is just ... IT! Sure, people complain and compare and complain and compare, but what's the point? We simply cannot all get original 808 and 909 machines. Cost and the sheer number of them surviving out there isn't enough to satisfy the need of the collective. This was an act of generosity from Roland. It's changed my music forever.