808 Day: Roland Announces “Ultra-Compact” Version of the TR-808

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
August 08, 2017

808 Day: Roland Announces “Ultra-Compact” Version of the TR-808

Happy 808 Day!

And it is certainly fitting that Roland has added two key items to its Boutique range today, with additions of both the TR-08 and SH-01A.

The Japanese manufacturer’s intention is to provide a more versatile version of the TR-808 for users looking for a drum machine that is more compact while maintaining the same sound characteristics that have made it such an iconic piece of hardware for the last three decades. On their site they state that the product “retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808.”

The TR-08 comes armed with sequencer with 16 sub-steps per step, an LED display and 10 outputs via USB audio.

Roland’s website highlights the SH-01A features and describes the product as “a meticulous reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101, one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time.”

As expected, all SH-101 sounds are available via Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, it has 64 writeable preset patches, CV/Gate output for controlling modular or vintage gear and an arpeggiator with three playback modes.

Check out the Roland Boutique offerings here. Roland recorded a live performance at Mathew Jonson’s Freedom Engine Studios, Berlin with the new Roland Boutique TR-08 Rhythm Composer and SH-01A Synthesizer, which you can watch below


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