Roland Debuts 7X7-TR8

Drum Machine Expansion for TR-8
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Drum Machine Expansion for TR-8

Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 2014 — Roland is pleased to introduce the new 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion for the TR-8 Rhythm Performer. The sounds of the now-famous TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers, with every nuance accounted for, can be injected into the TR-8, taking the whole experience to an entirely new level. Loved deeply by groove-minded musicians the world over, these machines have been the beating heart of a wide range of styles, including synth pop, acid house, techno, industrial, electro, and experimental.

Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 has been faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry. Analog Circuit Behavior captures the unmistakable sound of the original units—a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design.

All 30 original TR-707 and TR-727 sounds are included, each with Tune and Decay controls. The 7X7 expansion also includes new, never-before-heard sounds inspired by the original TR engineers. New TR-808 “noise” sounds and finger snaps bring ever more tonal variety, and newly modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds take the classic combo into new territory with enhanced attack characteristics. The unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707 are featured as well, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent.

This new expansion upgrades the TR-8 to have all the sounds and articulations of four iconic TR drum machines, plus all new sounds, in one performance-ready instrument.

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