Roland celebrates 808 Day with a big surprise

Words by: Susan Howard
Posted: 9/8/17 16:38

Roland announced plans to revive arguably their most important product, the TR 808 drum machine. 

Announced on the eighth of August, otherwise known by Roland geeks as 808 Day, the revised version of the seminal 808 will make its debut as part of the company's Boutique series of instruments. Like others in the series, the TR-08 will be ultra compact and available at a low price point. Dealers are already posting prices of £338 or more online. The TR-08 uses a similar colour scheme and has lots of new features to excite fans but analogue purists will choke with fury once again as  the Japanese company has opted to use a digital engine that models analogue circuits, rather than a faithful recreation of the original's circuitry.

TR-08 Features:

  • 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





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