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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Jack Waren a professional user from USA writes:
I bought one off eBay a couple years ago just for reminiscing the R-8 sounds. I had it sitting in my rack for a while and only recently realized it's potential: It sounds so authentic, true and full compared to many of today's samples. Actually, I was just about to sell it thinking it was too noisy...then I hooked it up through a line lever shifter (-10db to +4db) and fed it through a nice tube amp/comp and VOILA: no noise and it sounds huge! A definite keeper! Pick one up if you have a chance!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-01-2008 at 00:53
dano a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my R-8M for about a month now. The sound is excellent: strong, clear, deep, and punchy. The R-8M is far better than any synth's built in rhythm section and better than any dedicated drum machine I've owned or tried.

A few days ago, I received 4 PCM cards for it: Power Drums, Ethnic Percussion, Sound Effects, and Electronic - excellent sounds throughout.

Of the 3 different versions of the R-8, the R-8M is currently the best deal. The main differences between the R-8M and the R-8 are: 1.) lack of drum pads, 2.) no preset rhythm patterns, and 3.) 2 additional PCM card slots allowing the user to load 3 cards plus one RAM card. It is necessary to have a drum pad, a hardware sequencer like an Electribe ER-1, or a software drum sequencer like Sonar, Cakewalk, or Cubase. I drive mine from Cakewalk and use their pre-made drum patterns (Session Drummer.)

If you're looking for big, clean, and deep drums, this is it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-19-2007 at 12:25
mie best a professional user from USA writes:
i bought an original r8m new all those years ago, and recently added 2 more for my live setup (alaskahighway & building332). with the extra cards you can really tailor the noise you can create, but be aware that there is an upgrade / tweak which makes the stereo outputs less noisy. my original uk version has had the upgrade but my recent purchases haven't yet - its really quite noticable!

overall then, probably my favourite drum machine of all time. my esx-1 has samples of the r8's sounds but somehow the dynamics of the original really cuts through. hence using 2 live!

even after all these years the r8m is still a best buy!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-15-2007 at 23:15
Raimon Spigt a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Yesterday I bought an Roland R-8M with the dance, electronic and the Powerdrums module. The sounds are really excellent! The first sounds this thing made are really promising. To get to know al the ins and outs will take some time, due the little screen and menu. The extra (8!) outputs are a true welcome. Especially when you want to use different effects on each drum.

So, the sounds are better than a lot today's drummodules and it's only 1U!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-11-2006 at 08:17
John Hanks a professional user from USA writes:
I replaced my R-8 with the R-8M when it first came out, so I guess you can say I've had it a while. It stills works great after all these years. Very tough, although it's good to keep the PCM card slots clean. (Some of the most interesting sounds I have ever heard were suddenly created from a PCM card not quite being in contact. Wow!)

I've used it extensively as a module for a DrumKat controller. It is quite responsive. The sounds are very good can be played musically in this manner. I have also used it to record tracks via a sequencer in my home studio. Again, the sounds really hold up even to this day. They do not sound dated.

I have almost all of the PCM cards available. It was great that Roland produced some interesting ethnic and mallet cards, as they have been especially useful. The jazz cards were nice, too - a "Gretsch with old K's" sounding kit - and the electronic cards (809 and 909) are a kick.

It's still a very versatile machine and I still have it in my rack, even though it's heavy compared to what you can get these days.

You can hear some samples of my music at

Thank you Sonic State for a great website!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-03-2005 at 20:38
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