September 27, 2023

It is at all times good to see firms delivering updates and new options to units lengthy after they’ve launched. And Roland’s TR-8S and TR-6S have been already fairly succesful to start with. However with the newest firmware updates they’re choosing up two large new additions, together with one which that I am personally fairly enthusiastic about.

TR-8S 3.0 and TR-6S 2.0 add an ACB mannequin of the CR-78 CompuRhythm and a chromatic TR-808 mode for constructing basslines. The flexibility to play an 808 kick chromatically drastically expands the pliability of the 2 drum machines. Whilst you may tune drum hits and samples on the to create some melodic parts it wasn’t precisely a straightforward or nice expertise. This opens up the 8S and 6S nicely past strictly percussion, however does so in a method that appears pure. The 808 emulation was already a part of their function units. And, particularly on the planet of hip hop, it is a staple for creating basslines, not simply drum grooves.

The CR-78 emulation is one other large addition. It was the world’s first programable drum machine and my private favourite of Roland’s basic rhythm containers. In reality, I known as out the dearth of a CR-78 mannequin in my evaluate of the TR-6S as its one obvious omission. (I would wish to imagine I had one thing to do with the choice, however I do know higher.) All the sounds from the {hardware} are represented, as are a lot of the unique preset rhythms, plus a couple of new ones. However what’s specific thrilling is the flexibility to make use of the extra fashionable programming options and sound design instruments accessible on the TR-6S and TR-8S to tweak the CR-78 for extra fashionable productions.

Along with the 2 new sound engines, the TR-Editor app on Mac and PC is getting an replace with some usability tweaks and new compact UI for simpler use on small shows. All these updates can be found now without cost straight from