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Roland R8 MkII (1992)
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:47:56 PM »
http://cdn.roland.com/assets/media/pdf/R-8MKII_OM.pdf
https://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/roland-r-8-mkii/5557
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according to this page alot of the sounds that were on expansion cards for the original r8 were included BUILT IN when they make the MKII version of the R8!!!
https://soundprogramming.net/synthesizers/roland/roland-sn-r8-expansion-cards/
SN-R8-10 Dance (all sounds included in the Roland R8 Mk II)
SN-R8-04 Electronic (11 sounds included in the Roland R8 Mk II)

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Re: Roland R8 MkII (1992)
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 12:13:20 PM »
I had one of these MKII versions.

I bought it new here in London from Turnkey in 1995. They were having a deal were they had them at half price (£499 instead of £999) I soon discovered why...

The sounds are excellent and the 909 samples are fantastic but...

If used as a MIDI expander, the triggering is abysmal.

Just playing a simple 4/4 bass drum with a hi hat and snare from a sequencer results in noticeable delays.
It's "human" in the sense of a bad drummer!!!
When I first got it, I spent hours checking my system to see where the problem was. I never imagined it would be the drum machine itself.

I took it back to the shop and they refunded me without question...

The strange thing is that, if you program the rhythms INSIDE the machine, it is rock solid.
Only when you use it as MIDI module it falls apart.

Avoid it!

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Re: Roland R8 MkII (1992)
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 05:40:11 PM »
http://www.boxedear.com/free.html
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1391.0

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Roland R-8 MkII
The Roland R-8 MkII is a 90s classic. It is still much revered today for its clean, deep sound. The original R-8 focussed on acoustic sounds, but the popularity of the SN-R8-04 Electronic and SN-R8-10 Dance sound cards, which contained TR-808, TR-909 and CR-78 samples, prompted Roland to release the MkII which had most of those sounds already built in. Whilst the sounds don’t sound exactly like a real 909/808/78, they do have a power and usability all of their own.

This isn’t an exhaustive sampling of the R-8, but instead we chose to focus on the electronic sounds that made this drum machine popular with artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre. And to add a bit more charm, we sampled it though our favourite UA 1176 compressor.

Pack contents: 58 WAV files

https://soundcloud.com/boxed-ear/boxed-ear-r-8-mkii-demo