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Overlay Sheet

+ = Press button while holding the other button (Ex.: +SCATTER under the Key-Board button means you need to hold both Key-board and Scatter at the same time).

> = Press button before doing a button combination (Ex.: >■+PAD=Copy under the PTN Select button means you need to press Stop (■) before holding both PTN Select and a pad to make a copy of a pattern).

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Ref: https://www.reddit.com/r/synthesizers/comments/600koa/my_roland_tr8_and_tb3_reference_labels_cheat_sheet/

Normal Mode

707 Instruments

Copy pattern

  1. Be in pattern select mode
  2. hold PTN SELECT and choose what to copy on the lower pattern bank
  3. release PTN SELECT
  4. “COPY” will appear in the display
  5. press the pattern to copy to

SPECIFY FLAM AND SPACING [7X7 ONLY]

A flam is a note (series of notes) written ahead of the main beat and takes on the effect of a grace note. The original TR-707 only allowed flam strikes on the snare and toms. The 7×7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion allows you to program a flam strike on any instrument of any kit and control the flam spacing.

To program a flam, hold down the TR-REC button in TR-REC mode and press the programmed step. The pad should be lit purple.

To specify the spacing, hold down the TR-REC button again and turn the TEMPO knob. You can choose no flam (0) and spaces 1-8.

Adjust instrument gain levels

Press KIT

Hold down the instrument button (BD, SD, …) you want to adjust the levels for and turn the tempo knob. (min: +-24db max: +24db)

Lock pattern data

Select a pattern.

Hold down PTN SELECT and turn the tempo knob to change between Locked and OFF

Edit pattern A/B while playing

Hold TR-REC and press A or B.

Instant reset

Hold TAP and press START/STOP

Rolls and Fills

If you look at the 16-step sequencer, you will see Steps 12 – 15 marked ROLL. You can add either an 8th or 16th roll or two variations of fills to your pattern in real-time performance. To play rolls and fills, select INST PLAY MODE, hold down the roll or fill you want and strike one of the eleven instruments from Step 1 -11

Clear notes

If you are in TR-REC mode, you can clear the notes that are programmed in the TR-8 by holding CLEAR while the TR-8 plays back to delete specific notes in an instrument’s sequence.

In INST PLAY/REC mode you can delete entire note patterns by holding the CLEAR button and pressing one of the instrument buttons. (you can also hold the instrument button and push CLEAR).

In PTN SELECT mode, you can delete entire patterns by holding a pattern button and pressing CLEAR.

Scatter

No. Effect
1 Glitch
2 Glitch
3 Glitch
4 Glitch
5 Glitch
6 Stutter
7 Delay
8 Delay
9 Ring mod
10 Reverse

Effects

Reverb

These are different spaces, room and plate types; different gating and different eq

No. Reverb Level Time Gate Detail Sync Sound
1 Non Attack Level Time Gate Time Mild Attack Reverb n very spacious hall
2 Room Level Time Gate Time Normal Room Reverb n longer gated hall, more mid eq'd
3 16 Note Pre Delay Level Time Gate Time Pre Delay 16 Note (bpm 128)Reverb n has pre-delay
4 Plate and Filter (Manual) Level Time + Feedback Cutoff Frequency Manual Filter and Feedback Reverb n smaller room and brighter sounding
5 Plate and Filter (Auto) Level Time + Feedback Cutoff Time Auto Filter and Feedback Reverb n smaller room and darker sounding
6 Spring Level Time Gate Time Spring Reverb n very small room / spring
7 Non Attack and Metal Level Time Gate Time Pre Delay and Metal Reverb n small plate with a lot of high-end
8 High Pass Level Time Gate Time High Pass Filtered Reverb n large plate sound

Source: http://airainfo.org

Delay

No. Delay Level Time Feedback Detail Sync
1 One Head Tape Effect Level Note Time Feedback Tape Echo Single Head y
2 Three Head Tape Effect Level Note Time Feedback Tape Echo Multi Head y
3 Digital Single Delay Effect Level Note Time Feedback Digital Delay Single y
4 Digital Pan Delay Effect Level Note Time Feedback Digital Delay Pan y
5 Reverse Single Delay Effect Level Note Time Feedback Reverse Delay Single y
6 Reverse Pan Delay Effect Level Note Time Feedback Reverse Delay Single + Pan y
7 Stereo Flanger Dry/Wet Note Rate Resonance Separate Flanger y
8 Bit Crusher Dry/Wet Sampling Filter Cutoff Bit Crusher and Low Pass Filter n

Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGHWEIhSoOo

Side Chain

No. Side Chain Level Depth Type Detail Sync
1 Sin Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 16 Note and Sin Curve 8 Note y
2 Square Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 12 Note and Sin Curve 16 Note y
3 Saw Squared Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 16 Note and Saw SquaredCurve 8 Note y
4 Square Gate Level Depth Gate Hold 32 Note and Sin Curve 32 Note Gate y
5 Sin Very Short Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 128 Note and Sin Curve 64 Note y
6 Saw Squared Long Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 8 Note and Saw Squared Curve 6 Note y
7 Square Short Gate Level Depth Gate Hold 64 Note and Sin Curve 64 Note Gate y
8 Up Down Curve Level Depth Ducking Hold 16 Note and Up Down Curve 8Note y

Source: http://airainfo.org/files/tr-8_fx.pdf

Panning

  • Instrument Select Mode (INST button)
  • Press and hold the instrument button you want to change (on the slider part)
  • Turn the tempo know left or right

Under The Hood / Setup Mode

Settings that can only be changed by powering off the TR-8

To activate:

Press and hold PTN SELECT and power on.

START/STOP button flashes, the instrument LEDs and pads 1-4 are lit and the display shows C10 (default).

Press the START/STOP to save the settings and reboot the TR-8 in Normal Mode.

PAD Functions

The pads 1-7 have specific functions when in setup mode:

Pad No. Function Lit Unlit
1 MIDI Clock source Clock is derived either via MIDI or USB. USB has priority Clock is internal
2 MIDI THRU MIDI THRU is ON MIDI THRU is OFF
3 Audio signal boost Output level boost is ON Output level boost is OFF
4 External audio mode Input is STEREO Input is MONO
5 Scatter Mode Momentary: Scatter is applied only when the button is held Latched: Scatter is applied when scatter button is pressed and released.
6 MIDI Play/Stop messages Disabled Enabled
7 Sequencer timing mode TR-8 uses precise timing TR-8 emulates TR-808 timing

Change the MIDI Channel

The display shows C10 refers to the MIDI channel used by the TR-8. To change the channel rotate the TEMPO wheel. The channel number is updated in the display as the wheel is turned.

Assignable Outputs

The TR-8 has two assignable outputs along with the main ones. Any combination of the instrumts can be set to use the outputs. This means that some additional external effects, say, can be used on selected instruments.

The instrument LEDs that are lit show those instruments that are routed via the main audio output. Press the A/B buttons to set individual instruments to the assignable outputs.

A refers to ASSIGNABLE OUT A. Press and hold A and select the instruments to be routed via output A. Release the A button and the the instrument LEDs will return to show the main output routing. Any instruments that have been changed to use the assignable outputs will no longer show as lit when neither button A or B are pressed.

The operation for OUTPUT B is the same as for A.

Change lights

Hold DEPTH (at Scatter section)

Turn the Scatter knob to change light settings

  1. Normal
  2. Dimmed
  3. Pastel (blue, light blue, magenta, pink)
  4. All green
  5. Red, Green, white/blue
  6. Magenta, light magenta, pink, blue

While still holding the DEPTH button, press START/STOP to save the light setting.

TODO: Pictures

Screensaver

Press and hold TAP. By default, the display will show the number of minutes inactivity until the screensaver comes on. The default is 5.

Turn TEMPO wheel to adjust time. When display shows OFF, screensaver is disabled.

Backup/Restore

Backup

  1. Hold down [ STEP2 ] and switch on the power.
  2. Connect the computer to the TR-8's USB port by a USB cable.
  3. Open the “TR-8” drive folder in your personal computer.
  4. Copy TR-8 kit/pattern files in “BACKUP” directory into your personal computer.
    • KIT 1 - 16 : TR8_KIT1.PRM→TR8_KIT16.PRM
    • PATTERN 1 - 16 : TR8_PTN1.PRM→TR8_PTN16.PRM
  5. After Copying the file is completed, disconnect the USB cable.
    • Windows : Right-click on the “TR-8” icon in My Computer and execute “Eject”.
    • Mac : Drag the “TR-8” icon to the Trash icon in the Dock.
  6. Turn the TR-8 power off.

Restore

  1. Hold down [ STEP2 ] and switch on the power.
  2. Connect the computer to the TR-8's USB port by a USB cable.
  3. Open the “TR-8” drive folder in your personal computer.
  4. Copy TR-8 kit/pattern files into “RESTORE” directory.
  5. After Copying the file is completed, disconnect the USB cable.
    • Windows : Right-click on the “TR-8” icon in My Computer and execute “Eject”.
    • Mac : Drag the “TR-8” icon to the Trash icon in the Dock.
  6. Turn the TR-8 power off.

To check

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-CNUVxSi9s

1.12 UPDATE DOCUMENTATION

Roland TR8 shortcuts
Pan: Hold instrument you want to pan. Rotate tempo
Change Kit: KIT button choose 1- 16 kits
Volume : Hold KIT choose the instument to edit TEMPO dial
Pattern Loc : Hold PTN SELECT and TEMPO dial
Clock Timing :16 key on is tight timing
Mute instrument : Press INST PLAY press BD was purple muted is white
Individual Outs – In System Mode Hold A select BD, Hold B Snare. These are now removed from stereo out and will come out of output A or B.
Precision Timing – System Mode Press 16 on or off for 808 style timing or precision timing.
Effect Select: KIT SELECT hold FX ( Reverb). Choose Clap by pressing HC and make sure to tap in step seq where you want the HC FX triggered.

Samples/Demos/Music

Sources

roland_tr-8.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/01 00:29 by admin