Can Roland’s reasonably priced AIRA T8 drum machine stay as much as the model’s legacy?


Unboxing the T8, you first discover its measurement and weight. It’s small and lightweight however doesn’t really feel flimsy. In case you have used the Korg Volcas, the knobs are just about an identical, however there’s much more area between every controller in the event you struggled with larger fingers on the mini Volcas. The T8 combines each drum and bassline sounds and, although there’s a restricted quantity of pattern selection, there are many tweaking choices which we’ll get to later. 

On the backside, there’s the anticipated 16-step sequencer, the place you programme your drum and bass sample and the vast majority of the knobs maintain shaping your sound. Connection-wise, there are 4 3.5mm jacks for sync out and in and audio out and in, whereas across the again there’s a USB-C port for energy and charging, and MIDI out and in 3.5mm jacks for an adaptor offered individually. The USB-C may ship audio, so that you solely want one cable for energy, MIDI and audio out into your DAW. Very good. Lastly, there’s a seven-segment display for altering settings and parameters. Whereas different portables would possibly depend on detachable batteries, the T8 is rechargeable over USB, with 4.5-hours of use on a full cost — a really welcome addition. 

Sound-wise, each half has a stage management whereas the kick, snare, clap and tom have tune choices and the closed and open hats share a decay knob. Actually, claps and toms additionally share stage and tune, which is a disgrace given they’re pretty completely different sounds in comparison with hats. The bass part has extra choices resembling pitch, cutoff, decay, env mod and resonance. There’s additionally built-in reverb and delay which are utilized to the grasp out. 

Programming is fairly simple in the event you’ve ever used a sequencer — press the button of the sound you need and add it to the step sequencer to listen to it as a part of the sample. You can too hit the file button and play your beat manually. Your recording will probably be quantised as soon as the cycle comes again round. Every sequence is 32 steps lengthy — use the Shift+F button to change between the 1-16 and 16-32. The primary Tempo/Worth programming dial modifications the bpm. 



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