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Brian Coney
13 September 2023, 14:02

Roland announces TR-8S and TR-6S drum machine updates

The free updates include an ACB model of the Classic CR-78 CompuRhythm Drum Machine


Roland has announced major feature updates for their TR-8S and TR-6S drum machines.

The significant system updates are for two of the company's most popular Rhythm Performer products of the modern era. Available as free downloads, TR-8S Version 3.0 and TR-6S Version 2.0 feature an authentic ACB model of the CR-78 CompuRhythm - an influential Roland rhythm machine from the late 1970s - as well as a new TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument for creating basslines.

Among the other main updates is the companion TR-EDITOR app being updated with a compact UI option for more efficient operation on smaller displays.

The TR-8S and TR-6S carry on the long-running legacy of Roland rhythm machine and feature authentic models of important TR products from the company's history, such as the TR-808 and TR-909. With the addition of the CR-78 CompuRhythm, the TR-8S and TR-6S now offer the most complete collection of classic Roland rhythm machines available in hardware form.

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