Roland will celebrate the TR-808 drum machine's 40th birthday this year.
The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, commonly known as the 808, was manufactured between 1980 and 1983, and the legendary drum machine has contributed to music from the likes of Beastie Boys, Marvin Gaye, and Public Enemy.
Roland has updated its AIRA TR-8S drum machine to add an FM synth, new FX features, a new reload function and more. The FM synthesis engine allows users to play a fully-functioning FM synth via external MIDI or via the sequencer, and users can use the morph control to shape the tones which can also be recorded and committed to the sequencer. Depth, ratio and feedback can all be automated, leading to wild and wacky FM sounds.
Roland and Korg have been fined £5.5m by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) watchdog for breaking competition law in the UK. The music-tech brands “have been fined for implementing resale price maintenance (RPM) designed to restrict retailer freedom to set prices online by requiring their musical instruments to be sold at or above a minimum price.” Retail price maintenance is when a supplier and retailer agree to keep prices at a certain minimum or maximum point, which can be designed to stop retailers competing too fiercely on price.
Download these free Kraftwerk drum samples as part of a tribute to Florian Schneider who passed in April. Symplesound founder Francis Preve has put the sounds together in Ableton Drum Rack format, as well as compiling them for Roland’s sample-based drum machine the TR8S and as simple WAVs for anyone to use. Called ‘Honoring Florian’, the collection is made up of synthesized and processed drum sounds.
The Roland TR-808 has been inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame.
Manufactured between 1980 and 1983, the legendary drum machine has contributed to music from the likes of Beastie Boys, Marvin Gaye, and Public Enemy, and is still a popular piece of studio kit today.
Behringer have announced WING, a futuristic new mixing console. The new device features eight MIDAS preamps, 24 motorised 100mm faders, 11 colour TFT screens to display parameters, a 48-ins/48-outs USB audio interface with HUI control for your favourite DAW and the option of another 64 I/O via Ethernet, supporting WAVES Soundgrid. There are also two SD cards for recording straight to disk.
Behringer have closed the classic Roland TB-303 with their new synth the TD-3-SR. The new synth will cost only €150 – currently under £130 – and features similar architecture to the original 303 with a single VCO, switchable between saw and square, single filter, 16-step sequencer and a new distortion effect.
Roland have announced a series of new products based around the Juno-60, classic MC-303 and Jupiter synths. The new 'DAW-less groovebox' takes its name from the popular hardware sequencer from 1993, renamed it the MC-707 and remodelling it for 2019. With a style that's similar to their TR-8 drum machine, the MC-707 features eight faders, but where the TR-8's sequencer would be is no 16 backlit coloured pads for playing in and controlling samples. The sequencer now sits on top of the pads, for quick dialling in of step sequences.