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Rolans R-8 Human Rhythm Composer

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Description
This machine offered diverse sounds with the ability to be expanded with additional 808 and 909 sound cards. It offered 100 patterns, 10 songs, and 68 sample-based instruments. The editing modes were versatile, allowing for individual pitch, decay, nuance, pan and velocity to be altered in real time as the pattern plays. It also featured a sequencer and Feel Patch function, which gave the sequences a human-like groove. This was done by altering various attributes of sounds within a pattern, based on a rhythm template or another kind of random variation. The second generation model, R-8 MkII, was released 3 years later and featured a new expanded set of on-board sounds.
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Specifications
Type: Digital
Sound Engine: ROM
Pattern Engine (+) Open Manual Page
Programming: Grid / Matrix, Real Time, Step
Pattern Notes:
+ 100 patterns
+ 99 measures pattern
+ 2,600 notes
+ 1/96 note resolution
+ 8 feel patches
+ 10 songs
+ 999 measures song
Sounds Per Pad (+) Open Manual Page
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: ROM
Sounds Notes:
+ 68 samples
+ 26 sound types

Expansion cards:
+ Roland SN-R8-01 - Contemporary Percussion
+ Roland SN-R8-02 - Jazz Brush
+ Roland SN-R8-03 - Sound Effects
+ Roland SN-R8-04 - Electronic (Resembles a TR-808)
+ Roland SN-R8-05 - Jazz
+ Roland SN-R8-06 - Ethnic Percussion
+ Roland SN-R8-07 - Mallet
+ Roland SN-R8-08 - Dry
+ Roland SN-R8-09 - Power Drums U.S.A.
+ Roland SN-R8-10 - Dance (Resembles a TR-909)
+ Roland SN-R8-11 - Metallic Percussion
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Storage
Patterns User: 100
Patterns Preset: 32
Songs User: 10
Drum Kits User: 100
Storage: Internal, PCMCIA, Tape
Case
Case: Desktop
Trigger Pads : 16 pads, Hard Pads
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Sliders, Velocity
Display Type: LCD, LED
Display Count H: 20
Display Count V: 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 16 1/8 x 11 7/16 x 2 3/4 inches / 410x 290 x 70 mm
Weight: 6 lbs 13 oz / 31 kg
MIDI / Sync / Trigger (+) Open Manual Page
Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 12
Audio Output Notes: 1 - 8 individual out puts
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Power: 120V AC
Pricing
List: $1,199
Retail: $999
Used: $350 - $500
Production
Released: 1989
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