The Roland Cloud is home to over $4000 worth of amazing synths, drum machines, samples and now they’ve got the legendary TR-808 drum machine.
Earlier this month Roland updated their online subscription service which gives members access to a whole host of digital versions of their legendary history of instruments. Their latest update brings a legend in drum machines to the service with the first fully authentic software reproduction of their original TR-808 Rhythm Composer.
For their digital recreation of the TR-808, Roland have done everything to make it the most authentic 808 experience ever – emphasising that it’s no “sampled, lossy, TR-808 imitation – This is the real deal”. Roland have used the 808’s Analog Circuit Behavior technology to recreate the machine’s original analog circuit connections to maintain and faithfully replicate the nuance and feeling of the original.
The new digital TR-808 software also comes with some new features to bring the legendary machine into the modern day:
Each pattern has eight variations, allowing creators the ability to define evolving sequences with limitless possibilities. The classic 16-step “TR-REC” sequencer can be expanded to include a sequencer lane for each drum instrument so users can program faster and more fluidly. The built-in sequencer has adjustable flams and sub-steps so that detailed fills and ratcheting sequences can easily be created. Each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings for atomic timing control, experimentation with polyrhythms, and to dial in just the right groove for a track. Musicians and producers can even drag patterns from the TR-808 directly into their DAW as MIDI or audio clips.
Roland’s TR-808 Rhythm Composer is the latest exciting addition to Roland Cloud but there is much more to be excited about within their service. When you sign up you gain access to a cloud-based suite of high-resolution software synthesizers and sampled instruments, connected services and software.
Roland are constantly rebuilding their quality products of yester-years and bringing to Roland Cloud in new and exciting ways so that there’s always something to look forward to with Roland Cloud. Each subscriber also gets immediately enrolled into their ‘YOURS’ loyalty program which lets users keep any software instrument from their library to use forever after paying for 12 months of Roland Cloud.