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TR-8S and TR-6S firmware update

TR-8S and TR-6S firmware update  ·  Source: Roland

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Roland has added a bunch of new FM drum modules with full editing, a random kit generator, probability and some new effects to the TR-8S and TR-6S rhythm performers with the 2.5 and 1.5 firmware update.

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We all like updates

The TR-8S has been around quite a while now, so it’s great to see it getting a decent update. The newer TR-6S also benefits from the same additional features making it quite a groovy little machine. All of the new features can be accessed in the device itself or via the updated TR-EDITOR where you can get deep into the FM parameters. Let’s check out the details.

FM Drums

FM drums arrived in the last update, but this bunch of all-new FM-based drum modules come with editable parameters. You get a kick, snare, tom, clap, percussion sound (whatever that means) and cymbal. All of them can be edited, so you can fudge your way to them via the front panel or pull them out to the TR-EDITOR.

Roland TR-8S

Roland TR-8S

Probability

Probability humanises rhythms by introducing our uniquely human ability to mess things up. This update to the sequencer lets you add not just step but sub-step probability to every event. You’ll find a new probability value for each step which defaults to 100%, so it always plays. Pull that down to reduce the probability of that step or sub-step firing.

Random Kit

It’s a fun idea. Hit a button and the loaded kit randomises for some very unintentional sonic variations. This also applies to instruments.

Roland TR-6S

Roland TR-6S

Effects

There are four new Master FX options to choose from. There’s a Tone Fattener, Pitch Shifter Delay, Vinyl Simulator and the Ha-Dou Reverb.

Update your firmware now

All in all they feel like a decent selection of new features which will bring some added spice to your rhythmic programming. These firmware updates are free and available now from the Roland website.

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One response to “New Roland TR-8S/TR-6S firmware brings more drums, FX and probability”

    Nearly perfect drum machines... says:
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    Brilliant update by Roland. Both machines only now need ‘Step Offset’ (as in the MC707/101) to be the best drum machines around. Probability, the lack of it, was a sore point, but Roland have made up for it by adding Master Prob, Step Prob and Ratchet Prob. The FM functions are brilliant, all of them assignable to the knobs and LFO. The Random Kit and Random Sound can be used as reversable fills if playing live (better than Scatter), and the new effects are good also. The TR8s and TR6s are now half way between groovebox and drum machine, surely the best drum machines Roland have made?

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