Bit of a bombshell, but fitting as today is 808 day, that Roland release an 808 reissue. The TR-08 (not to be confused with the TR-8) follows the Boutique form factor which we must say does rather fit the 808 design quite nicely.
Featuring the classic 808 interface, with an additional compressor, gain tune and pan for selected instruments. assignable trigger output, 10 audio outs via USB (stereo analog out only).
We'd love to say that in the wake of the SE-02, the TR-08 also features analog circuitry, but as it doesn't say in the product pages, we must assume that this is ACB technology as found in the TR-8. Essentially a re-casing of the 808 aspects of the first AIRA drum machine perhaps?
- Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine
- Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808
- Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay
- Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
- Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
- Sequencer has 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls
- Continue playing beats even while switching between write modes
- LED display for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle
- Ten separate outputs via USB audio
- Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments
- High-quality construction with metal front panel
- Highly portable for mobile music making
- Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing
- Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
- Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
- Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories
Pricing and availability
TR-08 price in the UK around £339 - available September