Roland Expand AIRA TR-8 With 707/727 Voices Set

Upgrade available for download this month      12/12/14

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We'd heard rumours, but not anything specific other than, "it takes ages to create these new voice models". So its true, the AIRA TR-8 drum machine (see our review) is going to get voice expansions via firmware. The new set is called the 7X7 TR-8  Drum Machine Expansion.

The AIRA TR-8 as we know, it a DSP modelled hardware drum machine capable (as it comes) of emulating the classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines. We were pretty impressed in our review  - we A/B'd it with an original TR-808.

The new voice expansion add the sounds of the TR-707 and TR-727 drum machines faithfully recreated using original PCM wave date plus models if the original cicruitry. As well as the voides you also get the TR-909's specific 8-stage flam plus accent functions fo the 909 and  707. Additionally the TR-909 and TR-808 kits have been enhanced with new 808 kick, 909 snare and and new snap and clap models.

The new sound set requires a fimrware update to V1.11, and is a paid foro download from the Roland Content store, priced at €75

15 TR-726 instruments

Bass Drum x 2, Snare Drum x 2, Low Tom, Mid Tom, High Tom, Open HH, Close HH, Rim Shot/Cowbell, Hand Clap/Tambourine, Crash Cymbal, Ride Cymbal
15 TR-727 instruments
Hi Bongo, Low Bongo, Open Hi Conga, Mute Hi Conga, Low Conga, Hi Timbale, Low Timbale, Long Whistle, Short Whistle, Hi Agogo, Low Agogo, Cabasa, Maracas, Quijada, Star Chime
New TR-808/909 sounds
808 FingerSnap, 909 AttackBD, 909 AttackSD, 808 NoiseClap, 808 NoiseTom L, 808 NoiseTom M, 808 NoiseTom H

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