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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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kenneth a hobbyist user from netherlands writes:
I have bought this unit recentley, here are a few thoughts. Its big, kind of like mpc2000 big so you have to do a bit of redisigning your setup when you have limmited space in your studio,(like me). a good alternative is the rack version the r8M but the 19" ver doesn't have the sequencer and pads on board.

the pads are verry playable but made out of solid plastic so they tend to make lots of noise when you are groovin away.

the 8 extra outputs are simpley great!! together with the main outputs you get 10 mono outs without buying some extra over priced output board. So go buy some cables with it if yer getting one.

the sequencer is tight and swings pretty good especially with that experimental human feel patches. you can make pretty funky tom and hat riffs with the flam an roll button just put it in realtime recording, groove away and throw in a occasional flam and roll..nice one.

The sound edditing is pretty basic and there are no internal EFX. some good filter/time EFX/distortion units/plugins are a must if you want to create something original sounding with this box. i just feed the sounds thru some multi fx units to mes them up then sample them into my MPC. works fine for me. if you are producing techno related music then you must get the electronic(808) and Dance(909) expansion cards. they are a bit hard to find but are worth the efford and money.

now the painful subject of 808 and 909 is brought up..... yes it sounds great and these cards are sounding as fat as the original. no f@$%#ng doubt about it. a bit crispyer but if you are looking for a TR alternative then this is it. in fact lots of proffesional artists claim using a TR-808 or 909 but used the R8 instead.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-28-2004 at 15:59
Great sounding drum box even though its huge.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-25-2004 at 05:17
holger a hobbyist user from germany writes:
i cant understand people who say the r8 is mainstream or dated. it still has clear and powerful sounds that cant be beaten even by many new sampling cd´s. especially the jazz brush kit and the onboard kicks, toms and hihats are great to be used in every style of music. most of the snares may be kind of crunchy and 80s style, but it really livens up your music, if you add it to your sound, you should have a sampler for some individual sounds, but that could be said in any context. the second great thing on this are the humanizing-function of the drums and the 16 velocity-sensitive pads, with which you can also program your patterns and the dynamics. this adds slightly variation to the sounds while playing. there are some different sound cards available to add new sounds to your kit, even some piano-, bass- and effect-sounds.

i can only say: i´d like my r8 better than 10 626´s

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-29-2003 at 22:53
Akai96 a professional user from USA writes:
This is not an all arounder.But what it does with FX's IS Incrdible!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-20-2003 at 14:16
caustech a professional user from florida writes:
i have a love hate relationship with this machine. i have owned it for a year and barely used it except on 2 tracks where i used the hi hats. perhaps i am not the best person to review this machine because i go for more electronic sounds, but really this drum machine is probably only good if your doing some new age type music. the sounds on this machine are for the most part realistic, but even when using them in a realistic context to me they sound dated. that said a lot of very good artists have used the r-8 and made good use out of it, but for me it is just another crummy drum machine taking up space

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-24-2002 at 13:04
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