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Roland's revival of the iconic TR-808 makes classic sounds portable

Roland's revival of the iconic TR-808 makes classic sounds portable
From Engadget - August 8, 2017

Like the revived instruments that came before it, the TR-08 employs Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology to recreate the sound of the original. The company says that it achieved this by "modeling each analog circuit right down to the component level." Sure, it's not analog, but Roland did not cut corners when it came to bringing as much of that classic sound as possible to this new model. Speaking of the original, the new TR-08 features all of the buttons, controls and knobs from the TR-808 despite its much smaller size.

There are some added features to the modern music maker as well. The TR-08's sequencer offers 16 sub-steps per step which gives beat makers the ability to add even more detail to snare fills and other key elements. Another new tool is a track-selectable trigger that can be used with other instruments and modular audio gear. With the built-in LED display, there's more control over tempo and shuffle and the TR-08 allows users to tap in parts without having to stop and change modes. In other words, when the beat is playing, you wo not have to switch to a specific setting in order to make changes in real time.

The smaller size makes the TR-08 portable, as does the fact that you can run it on four AA batteries. To be more specific, this new version weighs in at just under 3 pounds (1.3 kg). There's a speaker for previewing tracks and annoying your roommates as well as MIDI support. And yes, the TR-08 also supports MIDI and audio over USB. The TR-08 also comes with an angled dock/stand/case so you can adjust the angle for optimal comfort.

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