Roland Released TR-8 & TR-8S Firmware Updates With A New Step Loop Function!

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Roland has updated the ACB technology based drum machines TR-8 and TR-8S  on the 808th day with a new step loop function!

Happy 808 day to everyone. Unfortunately, Roland did not announce an analog 808 drum machine on the 808 day but introduced free updates for their TR-8 series. Both drum machines features now a new step loop function that brings an experimental touch to the devices. Users of the new TR-8S can also now benefit from a new sound preview function that allows you to preview important samples.

Beside this, both updates includes several important bug fixes. What is a bit a shame is that Roland doesn’t added a function to the TR-8 to copy part A to part B of a pattern. It’s a big feature request by the community.


The TR-8S comes loaded with the largest, most authentic collection of TR drum machines available. The powerful new processor gives our next-generation ACB models a whole new level of detail and nuance, giving you that classic Roland boom, snap, and sizzle. And now you can incorporate preset and custom samples, creating unique hybrid and layered kits, and enhance them with specialized effects that inject professional sound design into the TR formula.

New In The TR-8S Firmware Update V.1.1

  • A STEP LOOP function was added.
  • A sound preview function when importing user samples was added.
  • Bug fixes
    • When importing a pattern together with a kit, sometimes an error occurs or a different pattern is imported.
    • Minor bugs have been fixed.

New In The TR-8 Firmware Update V.1.6

  • A STEP LOOP function was added.
  • Bug fixes
    • Minor bugs have been fixed

The firmware updates for the TR-8 and TR-8S are free of charge and are available on the Roland website.

More information here: Roland 

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Roland TR-8 Drum Machine

Roland TR-8S Drum Machine

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