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Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

An obsessively detailed and faithful replica of the legendary TR-808 in Boutique Series format
MFR# TR-08

Product Description

The Roland TR-808 drum machine has been a staple in drum sequencing for decades. Since its arrival in 1980, it has redefined the approach to drums in hip-hop, new wave, rap, pop and electronic music. You can now get the legendary boom and sizzle of the most famous drum machine ever made in an affordable and modern format with the brand new Roland TR-08.

The TR-08 is an ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine while still maintaining the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808. Built with high-quality construction with a metal front panel. Offering hands-on control of tone, level, tuning, and signal decay, now with the addition of adding compression, gain, enhanced tuning and panning for selected instruments.

It includes the classic Step and Tap write modes. The sequencer functions in 16 steps and includes a 16 sub-step level for detailed patterns and rolls. The beats can continue playing even while switching between write modes, which is great for live performance or expanding sequences as you get inspired without stopping playback.

An LED has been included for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle.

Ten separate audio channels can be sent out through a single USB cable, no more piles or wiring coming from the back of the unit. This also makes it much easier to integrate into a smaller project studio where there is a limited number of I/O. The TR-08 is also powered by the USB connection or can use four AA batteries.

A dedicated track selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments.

A built-in powered mini speaker has been added for instant enjoyment or working on the road. Now includes the DK-01 boutique dock for multiple angle viewing.


  • Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808
  • Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay
  • Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • Sequencer has 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls
  • Continue playing beats even while switching between write modes
  • LED display for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle
  • Ten separate outputs via USB audio
  • Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories

Product Specifications

Condition New
Width 12.2 in
Height 2.1 in
Depth 5.2 in
Unit Weight 2.9 lb
Input Connectors RCA
Output Connectors RCA
Computer Connection USB
MIDI Connections In, Out
Analog or Digital Digital
Synthesizer Format Desktop
Aftertouch No
Arpeggiator No
Effects Compression
Sequencer 16-step
Sound Engine Digital 808 style drum machine
Velocity Sensitive No
Power Consumption 500 mA (USB bus power)

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