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It's great, but...
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.
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.
A dope digital drum machine with analog attitude!
This drum machine may have ACB (analog circuit behavior) technology, but let's keep it 100; it's a digital instrument and that's okay because it's dope nonetheless! I never owned TR-808 or TR-909 in my youth, but I did have regular access to Lord Garth's TR-707 and once had the opportunity to check out Howie Tee's TR-727, so when Roland released the TR-8 I jumped on it immediately, and I'm so glad I did because it gives me the classic drum sounds I grew up with.
Great classic sounds. Years after launch, can be found second hand with good prices. Roland stopped selling the 7x7 Expansion in July 2020 (probably was competing with TR-8S sales), so if you want those extra sounds, need to find a TR-8 with the extension already activated. The expansion worth it.
Superb drum synth, for live and studio usage
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.