Store Locator   |   Contact Us   |   News   |   Education   |   Track My Order   |   My Wishlist   |   Sign In or Register
UK's Largest Guitar Store
Secure checkout
Your Basket (0)
£ 0.00
Stores Nationwide open 7 days
Click & Collect in Store 7 days a week
Shipping Worldwide with next day to Europe
Free Delivery on orders over £20
0800 456 1959we're open today till 5:30pm
Zoom In

Image Gallery
Click & View Larger Images
Roland TR-8 Drum Machine (TR8) Roland TR-8 Drum Machine (TR8) Roland TR-8 Drum Machine (TR8)

Roland TR-8 Drum Machine (TR8)

Product Code: TR8
£439.00 inc. VAT
RRP: £485.00 - You Save: £46.00

In Stock (6 Available)
Want FREE Delivery this Saturday?
Order within 4 hours, 42 mins for Guaranteed Delivery
(Sunday delivery also available during checkout)
Includes FREE Delivery this Saturday

Other Options
Product Overview
The Roland Aira TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. more
Buy TODAY with one of our Exclusive Finance Deals
No Deposit / 12 Months to Pay
 0% Interest - Up to 24 months
per month

From £29.27 per month (0% APR / 12m) 
From £14.63 per month (0% APR / 24m) 
From £11.25 per month (9.9% APR / 36m) 
Deposits from 0% to 50%
Now accepting Paypal
Need Help? Call us!
0800 456 1959
Product Code: TR8
Product Overview
The Roland Aira TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds and classic effects. Unprecedented live pattern manipulation. Solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…Evolved.

TR8 Expansion

Aira Finance Bundles

The Lineage
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980’s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, but they have helped define the sound of entire musical genres. From Rap and House to Techno and Trance – these two drum machines have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music.

The Sound

With the TR-8, we have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines. The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here. Not content with mere recreations however, we have enhanced these classic instruments with capabilities far beyond the original units.

Tune and Decay knobs are now present on every instrument and the Bass and Snare drum modules have dedicated “Attack” and “Comp” knobs allowing for a great variety of tones – from subtle ambient percussion to pounding dance grooves. Per-step effects and the massively addictive “Scatter” function take things into entirely new territory.

With the authentic tone and character of the original units and with new sound tweaking capabilities inspired by legions of users, the TR-8 breathes new life into the sounds we all know and love.


Just like the original
  • Full reproduction of the original TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines based on original design spec sheets and detailed analogue circuit analysis of various specimens including Roland’s own pristine units
  • Newly developed Analogue Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology allows part-by-part analyses and faithful recreation of tonality and behaviour including the smooth variations of tone that occur when you work the controls of each instrument
  • Obsessive attention to detail - like reproducing the original TR’s unique variations in tone that occur when multiple instruments are entered in accented steps
TR Evolved
  • Build dream kits made up of different instruments from the TR-808 and TR-909.
  • 16 stunning kits made up of 11 instrument types.
  • Control the intensity of the Accent function with a dedicated knob.
  • Per-step Gate Reverb and Delay effects with dedicated, real-time knobs.
  • Mix sources connected to the external inputs
  • Built-in Side Chain function creates rhythmic ducking effects on external Inputs with per-step control.
  • Two assignable analogue outputs and full parallel outputs via USB for total mixing flexibility.

The Feel

Make no mistake - the TR-8 is an instrument, carefully designed from the ground-up, to be played. Every control has a solid, predictable feel with each drum instrument having robust, “playable” faders. Numerous lighted knobs and RGB-lit buttons give real-time performance feedback and a striking appearance on stage.

Pattern creation is creative and intuitive using an evolved version of the TR-REC method which originated in the TR-808 and eventually became the standard for electronic rhythm programing. Based on detailed analysis of the original TR-808, the TR-REC behaviour has been faithfully modeled in the TR-8. But the TR-8 goes well beyond the original, allowing you to seamlessly switch between programming and performance modes and to introduce lots of groovy rhythmic variations – from subtle snare fills to total glitch meltdowns.

Just like the original
  • Faithful TR-REC behaviour for pattern creation
  • Large tempo control knob and a Fine adjustment knob for total tempo control.
  • 16-step sequencer allows you to switch between variations [A] and [B] as well as continuous playback
  • Play drum instruments and record to steps in real-time
TR Evolved
  • Scatter lets you freak and tweak your grooves with real-time control and perfect sync
  • 16 per-step pads with bold, full-colour LEDs clearly show the current status
  • Real-time pattern creation up to 32 steps
  • Change the pattern step count seamlessly and on the fly
  • Rec/Play modes have been eliminated enabling seamless pattern making and performance
  • Seamless switch between step input and playing pads in real-time to create patterns
  • Real-time play of 4 different types of rolls to suit your beat
  • Quickly Mute/Unmute individual instruments during performance or production
  • Shuffle function from original TR-909 now has a knob for continuous real-time control
  • Pattern randomising function induces creativity and brings spontaneity to live performance
  • 7 segment, 4 character LED display shows the current tempo and has Tap function
  • Pattern copy makes it easy to create pattern variations
What is Scatter?
Scatter is a unique performance function that gives you detailed real-time control over variations in your patterns and any incoming external input signal. Scatter can reverse, glitch, gate, truncate, stutter and perform all manner of rhythmic variations - from subtle to extreme - and all in perfect sync.

Pick from 10 different types of Scatter and smoothly adjust the intensity or “Scatter Depth” with the large comfortable dial.

Seamlessly switch between Scatter patterns and quickly turn Scatter on and off for cool variations when and where you want them.

A few more things
You can connect the TR-8 to your computer via its USB jack to send and receive Audio and MIDI data.

The TR-8 can receive MIDI clock information to sync with external devices including other AIRA series units.

The TR-8 is designed to work seamlessly and look great with other products in the AIRA series.


  • User Drum Kits: 16
  • User Patterns: 16
  • Steps per 1 measure: 1-16 steps x 2 (Variation A/B)
  • Tempo: 40--300
  • Instruments & Controls
  • Effects & Controls
  • Mode
  • Controllers
    • VOLUME knob
    • SCATTER knob
    • TEMPO knob
    • FINE knob
    • SHUFFLE knob
    • PADS: 16
    • MODE buttons: 6
    • CLEAR button
    • VARIATION buttons: A, B
    • SCALE button
    • LAST STEP button
    • START/STOP button
    • SCATTER ON button
    • SCATTER DEPTH button
    • TAP button
  • Power Switch (Rear)
  • Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
  • Scatter
    • Presets: 10
  • Nominal Input Level: -10 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 100 k ohms
  • Nominal Output Level: -10/+4 dBu (Selectable)
  • Output Impedance
  • PHONES: 130 ohms
  • Connectors
    • PHONES jack: 1/4-inch stereo phone type
    • MIX OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • ASSIGNABLE OUT (A, B) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • EXTERNAL IN (L, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    • USB port: USB type B (Audio, MIDI)
    • DC IN jack
    • USB: Audio, MIDI
  • Power Supply: AC adaptor
  • Current Draw: 1000 mA
  • Dimensions
    • 400 (W) x 260 (D) x 65 (H) mm
    • 15-3/4 (W) x 10-1/4 (D) x 2-9/16 (H) inches
  • Weight
    • 1.9 kg
    • 4 lbs 4 oz
  • Accessories
    • Owner's manual
    • AC adaptor
* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
Click & Collect
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Rest assured, if you're not 100% happy with your order, simply contact our award winning team & we will look after you.

100% Secure Shopping
Secure Shopping

Share It

Customer Reviews
Review of by customer H.H.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
Simply superb with an ease of use that is astounding,I can't recommend this product highly enough

Review of by customer J.H.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great bit of kit, intuitive to use and it sounds good.

Review of by customer L.M.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
Absolutely love the TR8, very easy to use and sounds almost identical to the originals.

Review of by Rowan (Glasgow Store)
Friday, February 14, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
It looks right, Its feels right and most importantly it SOUNDS right. Roland have gone back to roots and out done themselves this time. The fact that all the individual channels stream on separately over USB directly into your DAW is a killer feature that no analog drum machine could hope to match, it really is a TR for the 21st century.

Review of by Mark (Glasgow Store)
Friday, February 14, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
About time Roland! The most exciting thing I've touched in years. Like my colleague I've been lucky enough to see this pre-release (thank you Roland). Try one and you'll buy's that simple!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 - Rating based on the feedback from 5 people.

1-Hour Delivery Window
Our courier (DPD) will provide you with a one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day for your parcels. They will notifiy you by text (SMS) and email on the morning of your delivery.

If you have any problems, let us help, call us!
0800 456 1959 us on
Ask us a Question
Use our Facebook comment tool below to ask us a question directly about this product.
Alternative...give us a call directly on 0800 456 1959.

Some Frequently Asked Questions
1) What does "Real Time Stock Levels" really mean?
Unlike many other stores, all our stock levels are shown in real time. That means the second an item is sold, it will reflect online.
- This allows you to shop safely knowing that in stock means in stock.

2) When will my order be dispatched?
All orders are dispatched the same day if ordered before 3pm (Mon-Fri) on a next day service. We also dispatch from some locations on a Saturday and Sunday if your order is placed before 1pm.
Saturday and Sunday delivery is also available on most items.

3) When will my order be delivered?
All our orders are dispatched on a next business day delivery service. Your shopping cart shows the delivery date. If you want to delay a shipment or arrange a specific date, just mention that in the "Customer Comments" section during your checkout and we will arrange that for you. Orders shipped from Ghent to the UK mainland will be shipped on a 48hr delivery service with no premium services available. Highlands and Offshore deliveries will typically take an additional 1 ? 2 days for delivery.

4) What is the 1-Hour Delivery Window?
Our courier (DPD) will provide you with a one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day for your parcels. They will notifiy you by text and email on the morning of your delivery.
Need Help? Call or Email Us
0800 456 1959 us on
Delivery Information

FREE UK Next Day Delivery
It's simple, make a purchase over £50 and we'll give you Free Next Day Shipping to mainland UK. Plus, if you order by 3pm (1pm on Saturdays and Sundays), your items will go out that very same day. This means your order should be with you the very next day.

Real Time Stock Levels
At GUITARGUITAR we operate a real-time stock management system so that the minute items are purchased online or in store the stock levels are adjusted immediately. Our aim is to give our customers the most accurate information so that you can buy in confidence, knowing that your order will arrive when we say it should.

Need a different delivery date?
If you need your order delivered on a specific date, just mention this in your order's customer comments section and we will arrange this for you. If you have any questions, you can contact us on or 0800 456 1959 (or 0191 222 0466).

UK Saturday or Sunday Delivery
Want to have your goods delivered at the weekend? No problems, just select Saturday or Sunday delivery during your checkout.

EU & Worldwide Shipping
We ship worldwide, please select your country during your checkout stages. All next day orders can be fully tracked with our courier Fedex or DPD. You will get notified at every step of the way.
1-Hour Delivery Window
Our courier (DPD) will provide you with a one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day for your parcels. They will notifiy you by text (SMS) and email on the morning of your delivery.

If you have any problems, let us help, call us!
0800 456 1959 us on
Recently Viewed

Remember: All our stock levels are in real-time