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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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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: 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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