Roland TR-08 Tutorial

Looking for a Roland TR-08 tutorial? I was in the same situation and want to exchange my experiences on this page.

Some Basic Facts

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, introduced in 1980 and discontinued in 1983, is a classic drum machine and one of the most influential inventions in popular music. It has become the signature beatbox used in most R&B and hip-hop as well as a lot of dance and techno music. Famous users include Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Marvin Gaye, 808 State, The Prodigy, and Jean Michel Jarre.

TR-08 tutorial

Ultimately, the “808” has become one of the more important and famous drum machines in the history of music and I was always searching for a unit in good condition. But they are either very rare to find or heavily overpriced. Now Roland’s TR-08 brings the look, sound, and feel of the original TR-808 to the company’s “Boutique Series” format.

Roland TR-08 Tutorial

Having the TR-08 in my home studio now, I feel happy about its compact size, analog sounds and clearly arranged control elements. Beat programming is pure fun and the DAW integration via USB connection works well. So it’s a promising generator for some classic beats spicing up our tunes in the near future. One big drawback: The owner’s manual is just a two-pager and not very substantial or helpful. So I was looking for an TR-08 tutorial in the Internet.

Roland offers a playlist of TR-08 tutorial videos that explain the basic operation of the TR-08 drum machine. As the workflow is very similar to its big bro, the TR-808, you also will find lots of YouTube tutorials for this beatbox. I can recommend the following TR-808 tutorial video by gigglr as it is easy to follow: You will learn how to play, write, and clear patterns, how to use the first and second part as well as to chain rhythm tracks, etc.

There are some additional or differing functions of the TR-08 like pattern saving on your computer, DAW integration, and firmware upgrade via USB for example. These basic workflows are explained in the official manual.

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