Roland's AIRA T-8 is a compact beat machine that allows users to write, record, and create fantastic-sounding beats on the fly. Don't let its small size fool you, though - it's fully loaded with Roland TR drums and bass from the TB-303, giving it the same sound as the legendary units that changed modern music as we know it. If you're a beatmaker or a songwriter looking for a new tool to help write that next hit, the T-8 is sure to impress.
The T-8 has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to start creating beats right away. With 64 preset patterns onboard, users can pull up a wide variety of pre-programmed drum and bass lines to fit any setting. If you'd prefer to write your own beats, the T-8 has a 16-step sequencer and controls for the Bass drum, Snare, Handclap, Tom, Open Hi-Hat, and Closed Hi-Hat. Just program your beat using the step keys or record your beat in real-time - either method works great. Once you've recorded drums, you can layer in a bass line by either using the random generator or by manually writing/recording a line.
The T-8 also features several effects and parameters that allow users to fully sculpt their sound. By adjusting the tuning and decay controls, users can change the sound of each individual drum from full-bodied and thumpy to bright and assertive. Players can further use the Pitch, Decay, Cutoff, Resonance, and Envelope Modulation controls to alter the sound of the bass. If you really want to spice things up for live performances, use the Step Loop control to temporarily repeat a specific step in the sequence - this is great for breaking up a beat with sputtering, aggressive rhythms.
Complete with even more controls for FX sends, Velocity, Shuffle, Probability, and Overdrive, the T-8 is an incredibly powerful unit. Check it out today if you've been searching for a compact beat machine that'll revamp the way you write, record, and perform.
User Patterns: 64
Step Sequencer: Rhythm instrument parts x 6, Bass part x 1, 32 steps
INST tone: Bass drum, Snare drum, Handclap, Tom, Closed Hi-Hat, Open Hi-Hat, Bass
Effects: Delay, Reverb, Overdrive, Side Chain
Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
-SYNC (IN, OUT) jacks: Mini phone type
-MIX (IN, OUT) / PHONES jacks: Stereo mini phone type
-MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: Stereo mini phone type
-USB port: USB Type-C® (Audio, MIDI)
Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, chargeable via USB port (USB bus power)
Current Draw: 500 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use: Approx. 4.5 hours
Expected battery charging time: Approx. 3 hours
Accessories: Leaflet" Read Me First," USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable
Dimensions: 7-7/16" x 4-3/16" x 1-7/16"
Weight (including batteries): 11 oz