The 7×7 drum machine expansion, a software update that adds TR-707/TR-727 sounds to the Roland TR-8 is back in the cloud.
Good news comes from Roland just before Christmas. The lost 7×7 expansion for the Roland TR-8 drum machine is back.
Roland has beamed the expansion to the cloud and is now available as a permanent license.
In the mid-1980s, Roland released the now-famous TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers. Loved deeply by groove-minded musicians the world over, these machines have been the beating heart of a wide range of styles including synth pop, acid house, techno, industrial, electro, and experimental. Now, the sound of these classic rhythm machines, with every nuance accounted for, can be injected into your TR-8, taking the whole experience to an entirely new level.
Roland 7×7 Drum Machine Expansion
The 7×7 expansion is a software update for Roland TR-8 drum machine. It features every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers. They faithfully reproduced the timbres using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry. The latter uses the best-known ACB technology that captures the unmistakable sound of the original units. It’s a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design.
Then it also adds the unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent. Further, you have 4 entirely new TR-8 sounds including modified TR-909 kick, TR-909 snare, and all new clap and snap sounds
All in all, it’s good to see them back. There are many TR-8 circulating in studios and with this, existing users can still upgrade it.
Roland TR-8 7×7 drum machine expansion is available now for $119 USD from the Roland Cloud.
More information here: Roland