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Here's What Happens When You Pair Elektron Digitiakt & Roland AIRA TR-8S
Rounik Sethi on Tue, April 3rd | 0 comments
Here's what happens when you put a Roland TR-8S, Elektron Digitakt, and Nick de Friez in a room together. Spoiler alert: It sounds really, really good!

The Roland TR-8S is out. So far it's been lauded by many, aside from the slightly odd 5 simultaneous fader movement bug, which most people won't experience. It's evidently a powerful, flexible production and performance drum machine and sample player. And the Elektron Digitakt needs no introduction. It's a worthy "drum" and sampler machine with some excellent features.

So we're super happy to see and hear an excellent performance by Nick de Friez using both the Elektron Digitakt and the Roland TR-8S. If you need more convincing that either machine is great, we're honestly not sure what to suggest.

Roland TR-8S Spec

User Drum Kit :128

User Patterns: 128

Step Sequencer

  • 11 instrument parts and 1 exclusive part for trigger out
  • 16 steps per 1 variation
  • 8 (A – H) variations per 1 pattern
  • 2 Fill-in patterns per 1 pattern

INST tone

  • (Tone can be assigned to each 11 instrument parts freely.)
  • BASS DRUM: 11 ACB tones
  • SNARE DRUM: 8 ACB tones
  • TOM: 15 ACB tones
  • RIM SHOT: 3 ACB tones
  • HAND CLAP: 5 ACB tones
  • HI HAT: 8 ACB tones
  • CYMBAL: 8 ACB tones
  • PERCUSSION: 23 ACB tones
  • PRESET SAMPLE: 300 tones or greater
  • USER SAMPLE (imported form SD CARD for playback): Available format: WAV, AIFF
  • Total time for all samples: Approximately 600 sec (at 44.1 kHz, mono)

* The maximum length of a single audio file that can be imported is approximately 180 seconds (at 44.1 kHz).
Effects

INST FX:

  • THRU, HPF, LPF, LPF/HPF, H BOOST, L BOOST, L/H BOOST, ISOLATOR, TRANSIENT, COMPRESSOR, DRIVE, COMP+DRV, CRUSHER
  • REVERB: AMBI, ROOM, HALL1, HALL2, PLATE, MOD
  • DELAY: DLY, PAN, TAPE ECHO
  • MASTER FX: HPF, LPF, LPF/HPF, H BOOST, L BOOST, L/H BOOST, ISOLATOR, TRANSIENT, TRANSIENT2, COMPRESSOR, DRIVE, OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER, FLANGER, SBF, NOISE
  • Other: SIDE CHAIN (for EXT IN), SCATTER (as one of AUTO FILL IN function)

External Storage

  • SD Card (SDHC supported) for backup/restore function and import sample data

Connectors

  • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
  • MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • ASSIGNABLE OUT/TRIGGER OUT (1 – 6) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • EXT IN (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • TRIGGER OUT jack: Miniature phone type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
  • USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
  • DC IN jack 
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