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Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

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Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer  –  Modern, Compact Version of the Famous TR-808                   

If you were a fan of Roland’s legendary TR-808, you’ll love the TR-08. The TR-08 combines the look, sound, and feel of the original 808 (easily the most famous and influential drum machine ever made) with modern convenience, compatibility and reliability. Think of it as the best made even better.

The TR-08 offers a faithful recreation of the 808’s classic user interface —all the buttons, knobs and switches (and their quirky interaction)—and adds smart, modern touches: A sequencer with 16 sub-steps per step; a track-selectable trigger out for working with other instruments or modular gear; LED display for improved control of tempo and shuffle. You can step-program or tap in your parts in real-time without stopping to change modes. 

Compatibility won’t be a challenge any more, since everything sends and receives MIDI control messages. The TR-08 even supports audio and MIDI over USB. In addition, the unit has several tilt options for easy viewing, plus a built-in speaker and battery power so you can program anywhere.


  • Ultra-compact/portable recreation of the TR-808 drum machine
  • Featues all the sounds and user interface of the original TR-808
  • Hands-on control of tone, level, tuning, and decay
  • Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • 16-step Sequencer with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls
  • Plays beats even while switching between write modes
  • LED display allows easier navigation and control of tempo/shuffle
  • 10 separate outputs via USB audio
  • Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments
  • Tough construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable
  • Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA - NiMH or Alkaline) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker
  • 12 1/8”W x 5 1/8”H x 2 1/16” H
  • Under 3 lbs.
  • Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories