The legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine resurrects in its boutique version, arriving on “808 Day” (8-August). The new TR-08 is a digital replica from original TR-808 with its classic look and controls.

The new TR-08 has the Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) digital technology, which models the analog circuits at the level of each component, recreating the “details and anomalies” of the original TR-808. The control panel retains the same buttons, switches and dials as the TR-808, although it has a small size like others units from Roland Boutique family.

Among its additions, a sequencer of 16 substeps per step is now offered to create sequences with more detailed and complex fillings with rolls. The unit is compatible with external equipment and modular synth through voltage control. It also offers USB connection to process its 10 voices separately and audio / MIDI connections.

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Each of these voices offers the classic editing controls present in the original 808 to modify aspects such as pitch, length, timbre or color, along with compression or panning effects, for some of the instruments.

The TR-08 offers LED display with tempo and shuffle information. You can program in steps or play parts in real time without stopping to change modes.

The TR-08 got all the features of the Boutique range such as USB bus power or batteries and integrated speaker. Also, is compatible with DK-01 Boutique Dock, which allows adjusting the viewing angle of the panel.

Price: 399 euros.


  • Ultra-compact recreation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine
  • Retains the sound, character, and user interface of the original TR-808
  • Hands-on control including tone, level, tuning, and decay
  • Added Compressor, Gain, Tune, and Pan for selected instruments
  • Programmable via classic Step and Tap write modes
  • Sequencer has 16 steps with 16 sub-steps for detailed patterns and rolls
  • Continue playing beats even while switching between write modes
  • LED display for easier navigation and fine control of tempo and shuffle
  • Ten separate outputs via USB audio
  • Dedicated, track-selectable trigger output for controlling external instruments
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • Includes DK-01 Boutique Dock for multiple-angle viewing
  • Battery-operated (4 x AA) or USB powered
  • Built-in powered mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional Roland Boutique accessories

Source: Roland

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